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Using touring skis with downhill bindings [for Pacific northwest]

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

A little about myself; I weigh 260 and am advanced skier and usually, I like being in moguls.    I have great skis for those days.  I'm in the pacific northwest, so most of the snow is heavy.

 

I'm looking for a pair of powder skis preferably inexpensive and long and able to get up on top of the snow.   I found a deal on some touring skis but am wondering if I can mount downhill bindings on them.   Would there be any negatives with this combination?

 

Thanks!

mike

post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 


I guess what i am asking is, do I have to use touring bindings or can I use down hill bindings?   

post #3 of 10
You can definitely mount alpine bindings on touring skis.

But at your weight, the touring skis will be way too soft

And since you will be skiing in a resort, most of the time you will ski crud. And a touring ski will not do well at all.

I would get a stiff, wide ski, metal katana would do great in that, or in untracked powder.
post #4 of 10

The other potential downside is the mount might not be as strong on this mysterious touring ski.  Lighter weight means lighter woods, less glass and no metal usually.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Sorry, not sure why I was so cryptic on the ski.   Its a Dynafit Huascaran 196.

post #6 of 10

I would not mount downhill bindings on the Huascaran simply because the ski (and mounting plate) was designed specifically for tech bindings (the early models actually had inserts for tech bindings) and MAY not provide an adequate base for mounting alpine bindings, just like some of the Volkl bc skis don't either.

 

A ski that might serve your needs is the Voile V8, fat, comes in a 193; I'm 230 and I ski the 180.  Voile is quite responsive to emails and it would be worth checking with them about mouting alpine bindings.

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Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post



I would get a stiff, wide ski, metal katana would do great in that, or in untracked powder.

X2 Also look for Blizzard Bodacious in 193 or 185 depending on your skill level.

post #8 of 10

Regardless of the binding question, touring skis are designed for the up as well as down - and the key factor for the 'up' is light weight.  You will definitely compromise your downhill performance.  If you do not plan on touring, than don't get touring skis.  I'm guessing you're seeing these on sale at EVO, and yes, it is a good deal, but not if you're only using them for resort skiing.  I've got both touring and resort skis, and touring skis are great on the up, very light enableing faster ascents and longer days, but they are a compromise going down, even more so if you're a larger person - my weight is similar to yours.   If you're skiing the PNW resorts, which are always tracked out than a 'no' recommendation on the skis.

post #9 of 10

If anything I´d do (and, well I do) the opposite: Touring or Freeride binding on more solid, even if it means heavier, skis.

And, in any case, I keep at safety distance from any sort of Dynafit ski.

post #10 of 10

I ski resorts with my G3 Saint touring skis all the time... I like light skis.  I have them mounted with frame AT bindings.  They work great in heavy snow.  I dislike stiff skis, demoed some last season and that just reconfirmed my dislike.  OP, you have 60lbs on me if that makes a difference.

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