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I've decided it is time I should occassionaly head higher up my home mountain ,Turoa, New Zealand ,than the lifts take me.

We have some great easily skinnable terrain that goes approx 400mts above the lifts

Time for some skins and touring bindings etc

I will probably use them a max of 7-10days a year at home and maybe 4-5 days when I do my annual international ski trip / pilgrimage

I can't imagine that on each of these days I would do any more than 1-1.5hrs skinning  ,once a day.

It will be just to get to some fun stuff that is always just out of reach

 

Me= 56 yrs young  5ft 8  and  approx  170 lbs .  My skis= Rossi Soul 7's 180cm and Nordica Fire Arrow Pros 168cm

My Boots=Salomon Xpro 120

  

I consider I'm an advanced skier ,love charging around the hills all day from dawn to dusk on my Nordicas, at reasonably high speed when conditions allow, .(I dont understand moguls) I dont get much call at home for my Rossi 's as we don't really get big ,regular dumps of snow but figure they are the ski to fit the bindings and skins to .I always travel with both sets of skis

 

A couple of questions please

Do I really need touring boots?

What touring bindings would you recommend for my Rossi's ? Maybe my Nordicas?

Any suggestions for brand of skins?

Do any particular brand or style of poles help at all?

Thanks in advance

JH

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Sounds like a prime candidate for a Marker Tour binding like an FT12 or a Baron if you really want something burly. No need for new boots though if you get into it your view might change re walk mode etc.

Skins - whatever is available and cheapest in your size is fine - just check tip n tail fastening are going to work with your ski shape. I've got friends who swear by Colltex but that seems mainly because their cutting tool is really easy to use.

If you are going to be skinning in firm or icy conditions or doing a lot of sidehilling consider the crampons/couteaux for the bindings too.
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