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So I'm planning on doing some backcountry when I head out to Jackson Hole in early Feb. I've never done it but my friend that lives out there stays away from the resorts and will skin or bootpack up to get his turns in. He rides so he has a splitboard.

 

I use my Mantra's when I ski anything other than East Coast ice or packed powder. If I buy AT bindings can I use them for everyday skiing as well as backcountry? I may just be cheap and buy a backpack and do a couple resort days and a couple bootpack days....

 

Also I don't want to buy new boots - is that necessary for AT bindings?

post #2 of 6

you could buy a set of BCA Alpine Trekkers http://www.backcountryaccess.com/product/trekker/ and skins and use your regular set up to skin, it's not even close to ideal but better than boot packing and cheaper than a touring binding that won't ski as well as an alpine binding.

post #3 of 6
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Thanks! Those look like a good option for just a day or two of touring and if I'm going to be doing a lot of it in the future I can always invest in a legit setup

post #4 of 6

The Trackers will do fine for what you are looking for. I will say there has been a handful slide related deaths in the region already this season. That along with the new snow has created a very weak base layer. With out training you're playing Russian Roulette with not only your life but that of your friend and any others on the mountain with you. Not a good idea.   

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The Trackers will do fine for what you are looking for. I will say there has been a handful slide related deaths in the region already this season. That along with the new snow has created a very weak base layer. With out training you're playing Russian Roulette with not only your life but that of your friend and any others on the mountain with you. Not a good idea.   

 

OP: You can also rent an AT setup (bindings like Dukes, Adrenalin and Guardians accept downhill boots, or you can rent proper touring boots).

 

It sounds like your friend is well traveled in the backcountry which I assume also means well educated in hazard evaluation. Given that you have no training I assume he will take you in low consequence terrain (trees) as he is putting himself at risk if you are not familiar with self resuce techniques. I disagree with "stay away"/Russian Roulette just because he is a newb. As long as the friend is experienced and smart enough to take him to safe terrain there's no reason for him not to try out skinning/BC skiing.

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OP: You can also rent an AT setup (bindings like Dukes, Adrenalin and Guardians accept downhill boots, or you can rent proper touring boots).

 

It sounds like your friend is well traveled in the backcountry which I assume also means well educated in hazard evaluation. Given that you have no training I assume he will take you in low consequence terrain (trees) as he is putting himself at risk if you are not familiar with self resuce techniques. I disagree with "stay away"/Russian Roulette just because he is a newb. As long as the friend is experienced and smart enough to take him to safe terrain there's no reason for him not to try out skinning/BC skiing.

What happens if the friend is injured or get caught in a slide? Every single person venturing out of a gate, heading up a skin track should have basic knowledge. I'm not saying don't every go out, just be smart about it. I have lost loved ones in slides. They were world class skiers and Mountaineers. It can happen to anybody. Learn how to use a beacon, know the difference between a wind loaded slope, dig a pit or two. Relying on others in the backcountry is foolish and dangerous.  

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