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Telemark Boots Compared to Alpine Boots

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Thread Starter 

I decided I would like to do a little telemark skiing next season.  My plan is after I'm done coaching, skin up and ski down.

 

I will get fitted but was curious if there is anything different in the way the boots should fit?

 

My Alpine boots are a 24.5 and I measure 26.4.  I was fitted at GMOL and love the boots.  Salmon X Max 120; 1* shim on right boot and punch for a small bunion.  Liners were heat molded.  No other mods that I remember.

 

I never telemark skied before but there is plenty of staff where I work to teach me.  I figure I can start obsessing about gear now to keep me distracted from the fact I'm done skiing for this season.

 

Bill from GMOL hinted to me at the beginning of this season I should consider new alpine boots based on age of my current boots and time on snow - around 230 days.  With that in mind, maybe it is worth it to look at AT boots?  Though I coach all day, I'm not a "stand on the hill" in my boots giving feedback all day coach.  I ski the entire time except for a lunch break and lift rides from 9-3. So I do want a boot that performs as well as my Xmax if it is going to be one boot.  If there isn't one, I'm OK with two boots.

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #2 of 4

tele is a different turn, and a new challange,   If you want that great,   go for it.

 

 

or do you want a alpine boot that you can also tour in?    a few options now avail with K2, Technica, lange, dalbello, etc.    Narrow, stiff, AND walkmode (and maybe tech inserts too)

 

 

I would start obsessing about what you want to do first, THEN about the gear needed.

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Thread Starter 
Thanks. Obsessing about the gear will help me obsess about what I want to do. Currently I want to skin uphill then telemark downhill.

I suppose I should study up some on the difference between tele and AT. I'm leaning more towards straight tele gear separate from my alpine gear. The more I'm involved in this sport, the more I find "general" or "multi use" equipment can't compete with specific use equipment.
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AT is alpine skiing with the ability to walk uphill. Telemark is an entirely different ski technique/ sensation/ hygiene.
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