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Resort Uphill Access for a Beginner

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I'm an intermediate skier and would like to start occasionally skinning up prior to the resort opening each day. I found a used set of Kastle BMX 108s with Duke bindings to use with my current Scarpa Freedom boots. I also bought a set of skins to fit them. We will be doing family trips to Breckenridge this year with the first one the week of Christmas. Is this a case of follow the designated routes and times and figure it out as I go after watching a few videos?

 

Is there anything else I can do to prepare? Any tips?

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Go to the gym. Thats a very heavy uphill outfit.
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Go to the gym. Thats a very heavy uphill outfit.


Ha. I figured that. I crossfit 3-4 times a week and our gym loves squats and lunges so that should help. My other option is a set of Trekkers and skins for my Nordica NRGY 100s. I'm trying to see if this is something I even want to do before getting a specific Touring setup.


Edited by Marshfly - 11/12/15 at 5:41pm
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Check the resort websites.  Breck has a policy. Obey the rules. You could die. Have fun.

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CHECK IN WITH SKi PATROL !!!!!  Early morning prior to resort opening is when they do Avy Control work and some grooming.  If they're not expecting you to be there, they just might drop some explosives on you or run you over with the groomers.

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CHECK IN WITH SKi PATROL !!!!!  Early morning prior to resort opening is when they do Avy Control work and some grooming.  If they're not expecting you to be there, they just might drop some explosives on you or run you over with the groomers.

Yea. I plan on calling the number in the uphill access guidelines first for sure.
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Ha. I figured that. I crossfit 3-4 times a week and our gym loves squats and lunges so that should help. My other option is a set of Trekkers and skins for my Nordica NRGY 100s. I'm trying to see if this is something I even want to do before getting a specific Touring setup.

Definitely Dukes over treckers.  Treckers are less than fun. The whole duke thing is weird to me.  One of my set ups has Tours- similar weight to a Fritchi, skis similar to Dukes.  Unless you need a 16 din......

 

Tips- The resort specific advice makes sense.  

 

Boots-

Most people prefer foot just snug enough not to move, cuffs very loose to unbuckled, depending on the set up.

 

Technique-

Find a video on kick turns, and practice them before you need them.

Don't worry about adjustable poles.  Yours are fine.

Practice the heel lifts before you need them.

Try not to lift your skis. 

 

Be sure to clear the binding of snow when going back to ski mode.  Have a good look at the binding inside, and play with it a bit so you know how it should work- what slides into what.

 

Also- Look for anything natural you can skin.  Even unplowed steep dirt roads, hiking trails, etc.  skiing untracked is fun.

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