|Originally posted by oboe:
Uh, what's an "AT" ski?
AT stands for Alpine Touring, it's all the rage in Europe. It's a fairly light weight binding that unlocks at the heel, the boot pivots at the toe front. With climbing skins and a climbing bail you can climb mountains. When at the top, you lock the heel down and ski down using your normal alpine skiing techniques. Contrasted to telemark, which the heel is always free and the for foot is locked in to about the ball of the foot where the pivot point normally is, like old XC ski bindings - it's called the 75mm nordic norm boot sole to binding interface.
To answer your other question about the difference between any given manuf. tele and alpins skis that seem to come from the same mold -
it varies for manufacturer and year and model. Sometimes they just re top sheet them and remarket them to a different crowd, sometimes they just use the same mold, but the guts are different. Tele skis are generally softer, with a rounder flex. Recently though, tele skis have been getting beefier and beefier, because many tele skiers prefer to mount alpine skis with tele bindings; they think tele skis are whimpy. So ski companies, wanting to stay in business, are giving them what they want - basically alpine skis. To be sure, there are still very light and soft round flexing tele skis, but the trend is more toward the apline design. But to be fair, today's improved manufacturing tecniques and materials allow alpine skis to be softer longitudinally, while being torsionally stiffer - this plays right into what is desired for tele, so it works out well. Would Atomic's 10.TM make a good alpine ski? probably if your not too heavy? But you won't know until after you buying and drill em.