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This is my first post.  I am looking for some advice on an decent telemark set up, and was hoping you could help.  I am a beginning to intermediate level skier who has a few years worth of experience in classic, cross country.  I have VERY limited experience  and not much interest in Alpine downhill. Last winter I decided I wanted to try my hand at touring/telemark skiing and bought myself a couple of ski set ups: a Fischer S-Bound 78 with BC NNN bindings with a leather Alpina boot, and a Fischer S-Bound 98 with Voile 3 pin bindings with a Scarpa T-4 boot.  I live in NYC and I've used the S-Bound 78s to kick around parks in town and it has served me well.  It's the perfect "out the backdoor" set-up for the flat East Coast parks where I live.  I bought the S-Bound 98s with the heavier duty bindings and boots for more "backcountry" stuff, and to learn telemark turns on.  I figured this set up would be good for longer, hillier cross country tours.  I was also hoping it would be a good set-up to take with me to East Coats resorts and to my yearly Montana resort trip(where I normally only do classic cross country) to practice tele turns on and to get more proficient with going downhill at higher speeds.  It tuns out, however, that while it will likely prove to be ideal for my East Coast touring, it is not so great on groomed resort hills or for tours in deeper, powderier western snow(I just got back from Montana where I had 4 days worth of tele lessons on groomed trails.)  The fish scales were a real hindrance on some of the longer low inclined cat tracks I was on, and they were't grippy enough when going uphill in the soft powdery snow.   So, I am looking for an additional ski.  Here's the kind of ski I think I need:


A smooth ski without any fish scales that would be good to practice tele turns on groomed trails on BOTH the East Coast and in Montana. For off piste use, it should be a little wider than what I currently have so I can float better in western powder and will have better grip when I put skins on them.  It shouldn't be too wide, though, as I will also be using them on the icier groomed East Coast resort  hills(because I am a novice skier will need to be able to get it up on edge without difficulty.)  It obviously shouldn't be too stiff or fast.  It should be a ski that will suit me well in these conditions and for these uses, but also be a ski I  will have some room to grow into.  The set-up I'm currently considering is the Rossignol Sin 7 with 22 Designs Axl bindings.  I'd like to stick with the Scarpa T-4s that I currently have, and maybe upgrade to a burlier boot a couple of years down the road.  Does anyone have any experience with this ski, or have recommendations of other skis you think would be suitable?


Thanks for your help in advance.

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You want a ski that floats in powder, grips on ice, and is easy to carve at low speeds.  This is quite easy.  Get 2 pair of skis.  Other than that, you are going to be dealing with compromises.


I ski the predecessor to the sin 7:  S3 with AXLs.  It works well for me as a 1 ski quiver- there is no place I would ski, that I would be unwilling to take that ski/binding combo.  Sin7/AXL would be awesome to ski.  As far as learning, probably depends how fast you learn.


I suspect some here will say it's too wide to learn to edge properly. 


As far as the T-4?  This will not be a fun boot with 100mm underfoot ski.  This will be especially unfun on hard snow.


If money is your limiting factor, consider used stuff.  My last pair of T-1s was $100, and should be good for at least 100 days.


My Rec:  Get that combo, and get a used pair of Hammerheads on a traditional full camber grippy ski.  Used Hammerheads are around $100, and older trad skis are really cheap or free, if you know where to look.


Check out TGR gearswap, or earn your turns gear swap if you want used.

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