I'm looking for a side country binding that I could use for earning your turns pre/post season at the ski areas in West Virginia and for mid-season sidecountry runs. I'd be using them with alpine boots, skiing tight trees, open trails and meadows. The emphasis is more on the downhill (but easier on the uphills than making/hiking a boot pack trail.)
I'm 6'1", ~195 pounds.
I've got Blizzard The One skis with an extra Blizzard IQ Max slider plate that I'd mount the bindings to (swapping out with existing alpine bindings on another plate.) Marker Dukes would be an obvious choice, but with some googling (not a lot of info out there), it appears the Dukes are not compatible with the plates (via that other website.)
Apparently years ago Blizzard sold a version of the Dukes compatible with the Blizzard plates called the FR 16. It appears the binding is no longer around.
Any suggestions for binding compatibility with the Blizzard plates? Marker Tour F12? Marker Barons? (Only if they have different mounting pattern from the Dukes.) AT binding compatible with an alpine boot?
The longer term solution will be some sort of AT setup (boots/bindings), but I'd like to leverage my existing gear to earn some turns earlier. (Especially if West Virginia gets any more early season snow.)