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post #1 of 11
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I'd like to practice telemark turns on a pair of Madshus Annums on the groomed slopes at local resorts (Pennsylvania).  Will the sound and vibration of the fish scales drive me crazy if I spend all day out on them?

post #2 of 11

Probably not, but we really don't know how sensitive you are to that sort of thing :).

 

What boot/binding combo will you be using?   Chances are patrol won't hassle you esp. if you have a lace hook showing.  Don't forget that light gear wears and tears faster.

post #3 of 11
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Thanks for the response.  I don't think I''ll be very sensitive to it.  I just hadn't tried it before, and the snow here is very icy.  I have Voile 3-pin Hardwire bindings mounted on the skis.  I also have a pair of leashes.  I've grown bored of downhill skiing, especially on the small mountains in the area, and was hoping I could find a way to have some fun when I take my kids to the resort so they can snowboard.  I'd also like to do some touring if there's enough snow. Truthfully, though, I'm not sure whether I'll be able to handle this setup on groomed slopes in the icy conditions here.  I'm also a little worried I'll break a ski if I try to run them through the bumps.  Not sure if that's a real concern.

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I'd like to practice telemark turns on a pair of Madshus Annums on the groomed slopes at local resorts (Pennsylvania).  Will the sound and vibration of the fish scales drive me crazy if I spend all day out on them?

No. Go skiing! smile.gif
post #5 of 11
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Thanks!

post #6 of 11
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 Truthfully, though, I'm not sure whether I'll be able to handle this setup on groomed slopes in the icy conditions here.  I'm also a little worried I'll break a ski if I try to run them through the bumps.  Not sure if that's a real concern.

 

I don't think you need be terribly concerned at the outset - bump slopes are going to be past you for a while on this gear.    

The wear and tear I expressed concern about was mostly in the binding area (as in: bring spare cables if you take your downhilling set out on tour, where you're counting on it to get you home)

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks again!

post #8 of 11

This is soft spring snow and I'm on Fischer 112's with a positive fish scale like the Annums. Grips better, slides slower and louder than a negative pattern. 

 

Taken with my Polish go-pro. (Broken but still working point and shoot).

 

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

That doesn't seem so bad.  Thanks, I appreciate all the feedback.

post #10 of 11

I was never bothered by the sound on my Karhu Guide (now Madshus annum); turne well on ice and hard pack as well as groomed; I never tried them lift-served on in moguls.  Just remember you can tune the edges to get good grip.  My guides weren't as noisy as Wooley's skis. 

post #11 of 11
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Thanks, Andy, and thanks everyone for the very helpful information and advice.  I'm going to give it a try.  Not sure I'll ever have the chops to ski moguls on this gear, so that issue may be moot.

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