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