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NE Backcountry Ski recommendations?

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So here's a question.

I'm just getting back into skiing after well, never really being much of a skier to begin with. I was prompted to get back into it because I really want to backcountry ski. I find all the resort BS kind of tedious... and expensive. I love the idea of quiet and solitude in the mountains, earning my turns, etc.

But I've got to learn how to turn first, hence the easiest thing is to go to a resort. So my initial thought was this- get a dual purpose backcountry/resort rig. I got a pair of Dynafit Gaias and back at the beginning of the season found a pair of last year's brand new 160 cm K2 She's Back at EMS for just a little over $200. I figured I'd get a pair of Dynafit bindings for those puppies and be good to go.

Then DH, the gear guy, intervened. He talked me into getting a strict resort rig this season and saving the backcountry set up for next season, reasoning that there wasn't much use in dumping money into a backcountry set up when I realistically wasn't going to be doing any backcountry skiing this season. So at the beginning of the season I found a killer deal on last year's K2 Sweet Luvs.

I changed out the sole blocks on the Gaias to use them with the Marker bindings. Set up seems to work just fine now. The problem is that the She's Backs are just sitting in a corner, pretty useless without any bindings. 

They have 80 mm waist. I'm starting to get nervous they aren't going to be wide enough even here in the NE for when the time comes to take them out in the backcountry. I'm debating between selling them off and going with something wider OR putting some Dynafits on them, skiing them for a season or two, then taking the Dynafits off of them and putting them on something wider. But then I don't know what to do with the She's Backs. 

So the question is-
keep or ditch the She's Backs before or after mounting them? Is there anyway to take the Dynafits off of them in a season or two and add a different binding to sort of repurpose the She's Back as a resort ski? I know that without the dampening elements, they'll never be a great resort ski, but I hope in the future to do more backcountry skiing then resort skiing and that this won't matter so much. 
 
ETA- Any opinions on a minimal waist for NE backcountry skiing? If it helps I'm 5'6" 145 # female skier.

 

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bump. please?

 

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You could mount the Dynafit bindings to the K2's and later remove the bindings. I wouldn't, but there is no reason you couldn't. I'd look for a much wider ski for pure NE backcountry, something around 100mm to 105mm will keep you on top of fresh snow and make skiing in tight eastern woods easier.

 

Minimal waist width? Well, you could ski a 63mm ski anywhere you want... it's not gonna be good but it would be possible.

Optimal waist width? Something 100+mm and super light if there's no need for hardpack performance. If you are earning your turns stay away from ski resorts, go get freshies in nature.

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You could mount the Dynafit bindings to the K2's and later remove the bindings. I wouldn't, but there is no reason you couldn't. I'd look for a much wider ski for pure NE backcountry, something around 100mm to 105mm will keep you on top of fresh snow and make skiing in tight eastern woods easier.

 

Minimal waist width? Well, you could ski a 63mm ski anywhere you want... it's not gonna be good but it would be possible.

Optimal waist width? Something 100+mm and super light if there's no need for hardpack performance. If you are earning your turns stay away from ski resorts, go get freshies in nature.



your best bet with out a budget is DPS 112 in a 168 or the Wailer 99 if your going to be going in less than powder alot of the time.

 

What area of the Northeast?

post #5 of 5
Why not mount a resort binding and BC binding using binding inserts. I'm going that route with my S7's and marker griffon/dukes. Ski with non BC friends use my griffons, alone dukes.
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