I started XC skiing on waxable classic skis last winter and have figured out how to do it and have fun with it. Its a nice family activity for sure. The setup work well in groomed tracks and are OK in single track. This winter I will be skiing with a 20lb baby in a backpack. Something tells me that my XC skis will not be enough to give myself and my daughter a safe and secure ride on single track.
I have been doing alpine touring (once a week or so) for about 2 years. I really like the tourability of dynafits and the scarpa maestrale boots (6.5lbs a pair) when the focus is on climbing a mountain and skiing down.
I am intrigued by the idea of getting a setup that is in between the nordic XC and the AT setups that I have. Something that is geared for for the tour but can make turns meadow skipping and will provide lots of support and stability on single track hiking trails with the family. Basically a waxless touring setup.
The standard for this type of setup seems to be a 3pin tele binding. I am concerned that the maestrales may not be as tour-able as I would like for some single track skiing. Also changing modes on dynafit is an issue in rolling trails. I spent some time looking at 3 pin boots to see whats out there. I see that the Scarpa T4 (for example of a light weight plastic 3 pin boot) is actually the same weight as the maestrale. And given that most 3 pin binding do not freely pivot, I can't imagine these tour better than the dynafit option.
I am looking on some perspectives for Dynafit vs. 3pin vs. Nordic system for someone who wants to get into the BC, do some touring some turns, and has predominately alpine skiing skills.
- I am thinking I would I need to go to a system or light weight 3 pin boot to get something significantly more tour-able than what I already have. Correct?
- Do system or light 3 pin boots have enough power for making turns in powder on mellow terrain and skiing with a heavy pack on single track hiking trails?
- Is the Madshus Annum (used to be Karhu Guide) the right type of ski for this setup? Or should I go wiht something more like the Epoch / 10th mountain?
- If I go 3pin should I even bother trying to learn the tele turn?
- Realistically how long does that take to get to an intermediate level skiing 1 day a week on tele? I am guessing at least a season...
Thanks in advance.
Edited by tromano - 10/10/11 at 4:46pm