I recently moved and my wife and now a one year old daughter. Having been through this before (children), I know my next few years will be spent on the local 200' vert hill greenest runs. I went to a telemark festival a few years ago, had a blast and loved the community - but couldn't justify buying gear. Now I have an opportunity to justify it. =)
So, I'm thinking about getting something in the 55-70 range; similar to Madhus Glittertind Skis (55 width), Voile three pin cable, and 75mm boots (Alpina Aleska or smaller). I'm selling the idea (to wife) of my 4th set of skis as giving me more flexibility to help my daughter while reducing the potential for back injuries. Having already pinching a back nerve while trying my son learn to ski, helps to sell the severity of the risks involved. =)
The other benefit would be learning something I've wanted to learn.
I'll use them on piste for Michigan resort hills chasing a toddler on weekends and trailblazing bike trails and local parks during the week.
Does this setup seem reasonable for learning to drop a knee in Michigan? Any suggestions are welcomed.