Originally Posted by shortyski13
So, to clear up confusion, and after thinking about it a little more, this is what I currently plan on using this setup for:
-occasional saturday nights skinning up Killington (VT) at the end of the ski day and skiing down the trails which will probably be hardpack. Probably only do 1 run a night, for maybe 3 nights a month. However, it will be a very easy going run down the mtn, in addition to being in touring equipment, because it will be at the end of the day, I'll be tired, it will be dark, and there will be no ski patrol.
- On-piste at Killington the few and far between major powder days (6"+, probably closer to 10). I will probably want to be able to ski somewhat hard. When I say hard I mean pushing my turns and working the skis...at least for what my 135lbs can do.
-My once every 2 year trip for 4-5 days to Utah or Colorado. I will also want to ski hard too, but I also imagine this being soft snow.
-Skinning and hiking up Mt Washington, and other non-lift served "backcountry" east coast mountains, up to 4 days in a row, but usually 2. I say Skinning and Hiking because it's a nice long skin up to the base of the ravines and then boot-ladder type climbs up the ravines on Washington and neighboring mountains.
-Possibly weekend overnight in the same areas listed above, since I have most of the equipment already for it.
-Skinning around some other small mountain ranges/areas, such as Acadia where the mountains are very small, but I'll probably still be out all day, just cover more ground.
-One longer 4 day trip to Mt Katadhin (Maine) and back. (1-2 day skin to the base of the mountain. On skiing days it is still another short to medium length hike/skin to the mtn before climbing up the steeps. Stay in huts near the base of the mountain). I don't plan on doing this right away...but every year I put it off is another year older I am when I do it.
-All the skinning and actual 'east coast' backcountry stuff, except Katadhin, would be out on the mountain all day, then get back to the hotel at sunset (currently for mt washington I hike up in hiking boots with my ski equipment on my back. We literally race the last bits of daylight while getting off the mountain). Generally I dial it back a little since there is no ski patrol readily available to take my remains back to my family.
-I don't plan on pushing it in hardpack with this setup at all.
-When I say 'hardpack' I mean east coast hardpack. Ice is literally Ice. Hardpack is hard snow packed down from lots of skiing. Softpack is snow compacted somewhat, but not really hard and dull edges can grip very easily. Like after they groom after a 3" snowfall. Powder is fluffy stuff dreams are made of.
-As far as hucking off cliffs go. It's hard to say what I will feel like doing until I'm there but I'll tell you what I currently do. I currently only go off cliffs no higher than probably 15 feet. Unless the landing is soft and steep, I usually keep it to a minimum. The only times I could see myself feeling like going off cliffs is when the landing is soft. When landings are hard, I will generally already be on my on-piste alpine skis (unless in the backcountry, but then I usually dial it back a little anyway).
-I only weigh 135lbs. BUT, when skiing on-piste I typically have a camelbak on with 1-2 Liters of water (overall not very heavy). In the backcountry, I typically carry a larger pack with more food, water, and supplies.
Do you think I would have a problem with tech bindings in any of these situations? If not, should I go for beefier, heavier tech bindings? What would you suggest.
The one thing Bob never mentioned as well was skiis. I really have no idea on the performance of lightweight skis or really even the width I should be going for.
Side note regarding the CAST system: I had ready 2 articles where the people reviewing them really liked them. However they seem to be too much work A and fuss to me, just based off reading how they work.