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what to use for x-country skiing on my golf course?

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and dont say skids on a golf cart.

Seriously, I am a downhill skiier who is in his 50s, divorced and with a dog. The best friend of my life. I never knew anyone else who would wake me up every morning with kisses. Anyway, he and I love the snow. So I took him skijoring, and he LOVED it. Now I am not going to get a skijoring setup right away but I thought I'd start out with some mellow x-crountry. Those narrow sticks need a groomed trial so I need something for untracked snow over rolling terrain.

After reading online, it seems like a voile vector backcountry might be good. But I thought I'd ask here and see what others have done.
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voile vector backcountry for golf course cruising? No,no,no. Way too much ski. Like using a cabin cruiser to fish in a farm pond. Get a waxless ski. Which one doesn't matter. if your snow is maritime and wet.

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The Vector is billed as a backcountry/Mountaineering ski, not exactly what you are going to run into on a golf course. Generally, I would say you don't need a metal edge on a golf course but you might end up with one just to get into a wider ski. Two things you need to determine, are you going to use grip wax or go waxless. Second is how wide of a ski do you need? If you are new to xc skiing, you probably want to go waxless. As far as ski width, that will be determined by what you weigh and how much snow that golf course gets . Are you braking trail in a foot of snow or is it more like a couple of inches? I recommend talking to a couple of xc ski shops. Try Eagle River Nordic or New Moon.

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Thank you for your replies. I am 200 lbs. 5'10". The snow here now is12-18inches deep - we had a couple of big dumps recently. Never tracked and always fresh - though it can get crusty. I walk my dog in a park and I was sinking halfway up the shin wearing big boots. Someone passed me on wide alpine touring skis - I'd guess 100 underfoot - and he was compressing the snow 2 inches. I would go wax less. The slopes are gentle 10 deg or less. I was considering getting a pair of AT skis like the guy who passed me - but I can't be bothered to be putting and pulling off skins. I like the appeal of wax less.

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btw thank you shred head the video is helpful. And the pic of your dogs is great.

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The Vector is billed as a backcountry/Mountaineering ski, not exactly what you are going to run into on a golf course. Generally, I would say you don't need a metal edge on a golf course but you might end up with one just to get into a wider ski. Two things you need to determine, are you going to use grip wax or go waxless. Second is how wide of a ski do you need? If you are new to xc skiing, you probably want to go waxless. As far as ski width, that will be determined by what you weigh and how much snow that golf course gets . Are you braking trail in a foot of snow or is it more like a couple of inches? I recommend talking to a couple of xc ski shops. Try Eagle River Nordic or New Moon.

 

Some good advice here.   I'll add that if you are truly skijoring you do not want waxless skis, you want something that actually glides.  If the doggy is not pulling most all of the time, a fast waxless ski might be good.

 

I agree metal edges are worthless on XC skis, but often you need to get them to get a ski with the right flex and sidecut to be stable screaming down  a hill in tennis shoes.  The boots these days are pretty good though....some of the back country boots and the skate/classic combo boots offer great control.

 

Eagle River and New Moon are legendary good shops. 

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thank you all for your suggestions in getting me to see reality through the marketing.

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You should get some hunting skis. I don't know if they sell them in the states, but here in Norway you have a ski called Fischer Jakt Crown, which is a wide waxless hunting ski without steel edges. Steel edges are really bad for your dogs feet. Hunting skis are made for skiing in the woods with dogs by your side, in deep snow. They are pretty wide, so they will carry you well in the deep snow. Other brands that produce similar skis is the Norwegian brand Asnes, they have a ski named Asnes Breidablikk which also wouldn't be so bad (but you have to use "half skins". If they are hard to get a hold of, you could look at the Fischer Country Crown, which is a narrower ski made for off track skiing, but it won't carry you so well in the deep stuff.
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