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First XC season last winter...looking to take it further...please advise~

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I researched the archives a bit before posting...but no joy...I just joined the group...thanks in advance for any input

 

I was into downhill skiing for years...but knee injury and surgeries have made it too painful to parallell. Tried XC skiing (at last) last season on plastic edge "skinny skis" on groomed tracks, and really enjoyed it...but noticed they are super sketchy trying to turn on even the slightest bit of doward incline, and don't do well going off the groomed tracks.

 

I'd like to get some metal edge BC  skis that wil carve a bit better and try going off the groomed (and at times crowded) tracks.

 

I'd like to climb up and carve back down (incline similar to a blue-ish green slope!)...but telemarking looks like it's WAY too hard on your knees...with the exagerated bending? 

 

 I'm seeing lots of "Telemark" skis that just look like parabolic super sidecut downhill skis with Tele bindings.

 

What's in between that and the skinny plastic skis?

 

A  wider and shorter BC ski with metal edges, climbing skins, and free heel NNN bindings similar to the Nordic ones??

 

I noticed BC poles have larger baskets and are shorter as well? 

 

Right now I've got the super long poles with no baskets...basic Nordic type poles.

 

Any recommendation for what I'm trying to do would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks! 

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Don't have time or ui to go into detail now on phone, but short version is that if you're going to really enjoy xc you're going to have to let go of the desire for alpine esque edge grip. Control comes from a different place on skinny skis, mentally and physically.
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Wow...those 2 vids were EXTREMELY useful and broke it down perfectly...thanks very much. :)

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@qcanoe:

 

I hear what your saying...and I DO have to stop looking for a hard tight carve in this sport. Gotta get used to "sliding" as opposed to "carving" it appears.

 

Only got 4 or 5 days in last year....hope to get a lot more in this season.

 

Thanks for the insight!

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