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New all mountain/touring ski help please! [New Zealand]

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I'm looking for some new skis this year, will be skiing in Queenstown NZ most days this season. I'm advanced level skier, 6'1", 230lb.

This is my first new pair of skis in a while, previously I've mainly skied on piste but have started doing a bit of touring recently.

As I'm working on the hill, I will mostly be skiing on piste, but would like a pair of skis that I could use for ski touring on my days off.

 

Is this asking too much from one pair of skis? Something that is good on piste but able to take touring as well?

I have been recommended lots of different skis by different shops, main ones being the dynastar cham 84, and the blizzard bushwhacker.

Would these fit the bill or is there something else I should try.

post #2 of 8

Dynafit Huascaran...

post #3 of 8
How about the Nordica Hell & Back? I think the Bushwacker might be a bit soft for someone your height and weight.
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Originally Posted by Skiwi84 View Post

 

Is this asking too much from one pair of skis? Something that is good on piste but able to take touring as well?

 

Not just asking too much of your skis but probably asking too much from your boots and bindings as well.  On piste, something around 90mm with alpine bindings (or equivalent eg Duke/Baron/Tour).  Off piste, 100mm + and Dynafit/tech.

 

I have just brough a pair of DPS Wailer 105 (Pure) and will be mounting them with Dynafit bindings.  Intended use is for heli/glacier skiing and glacier touring around Aoraki as well as nicer days here in Oz.

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I guess I don't really know what typical on piste conditions are like in NZ, but I think you can definitely have a quiver of one.  Choose something about 100 to 105 underfoot, 185+ length, and mount with Marker Dukes if you mostly ski inbounds, or Dynafit Radicals if you mostly ski out of bounds.  The aforementioned DPS Wailer 105 would be a good choice, and I happen to know that you can get those for a song from DPS right now.

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I guess I don't really know what typical on piste conditions are like in NZ...

 

Not significanly different to Oz; lots of ice, wind scoured, mashed potatos to slush in spring, powder if you are lucky (very rare in Oz). Hence inbounds and off-piste requirements are very different and hence quiver of one is asking too much.

post #7 of 8
If you have the opportunity to go via Christchurch, suggest you head to http://gnomes.co.nz/ and get fitted. These guys stock a large range of backcountry gear including Dynafit and have a solid rep for expert advice on what will work best. Good luck,at see you at Coronet later in the season.
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In my experience, conditions in the South Island are as suitable as anywhere for a quiver of one. Perhaps I move in the wrong circles, but most skiers I know get by quite happily, on and off-piste, with just one pair of skis. If they have more than one pair, it tends to be because they've bought new skis and kept the old for rock-hopping. 

 

Nor would I say conditions everywhere in NZ, or at least the South Island, typically involve "lots" of ice. Coronet Peak does have a reputation for ice, and that can certainly be the case there at certain times because of its lower altitude. Elsewhere the effects of wind (and lack of trees) can also be an issue at times, but I will say I've encountered some pretty icy conditions in western Canada and Utah as well.

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