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Standard Alpine skis for AT?

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I was wondering if you can just use a standard alpine ski for use with touring bindings? I also have two other AT questions....well maybe three....what is it like to use apline boots and how much benefit is there to buying a pair of touring boots...next what are the top 2 or 3 at bindings? how do they hold up on downhill sprints...lastly, what would it be like to use the Line Prophet 100 for touring? Is it to much ski for skinning? Thanks a ton guys...any experience touring with twin tips would really help
post #2 of 6
I'd say 90% of people use normal alpine skis, the only difference is weight and in my opinion, it's negligible. As far as boots, a/t boots are lighter, flex more in walk mode (for a more natural stride) and have vibram soles for climbing around on rock and such. The trade off is softer flex, less power to drive the ski. I've only used alpine boots but would love to have some a/t boots for long tours. I don't think that the alpine boots have held me back but i'm sure it would be easier with a/ts.

The most popular a/t binding is the fritschi freeride and it does quite well. I know plenty of people who use this as there only binding day in and day out at the resort. There is some noticeable slop on hard groomers (for me anyways) but i've been told you get used to it. Users opinions are going to be varied because straightlining chutes to large cliff drops onto hardpack are normal for some people and the freerides won't last forever doing that. But for the average skier, freerides are burly enough.

As far as the prophets, if you can ski them well in almost all conditions inbounds, then you should'nt have a problem in the bc. As far as skinning with them, just make sure you get skins that cover at least the whole waist (minus edges), and preferably cut to fit the whole shovel and tail also. The wider the ski with full coverage skins = more grip for climbing steep hills.

Just remember, fat alpine skis and thier big skins and alpine boots are going to be heavier then a deicated a/t rig.
post #3 of 6
No problem using alpine skis but keep in mind that you need skins to climb, which cost about $100+ for wide skis. If you cut your skins to fit your alpine skis and then get different AT skis in the neat future you may need to buy new skins. You may save money now by using old alpine skis but end up spending more later. Plan ahead to save $.

If you are even halfway serious about backcountry skiing forget the alpine boots. A good pair of AT boots are worth thier weight in gold both for function and comfort. Once you get a good blister you aint skiing in any boot for a while.

A lot of people are using twin tips in the backcountry, you just need a tail clip for your skins that works with the skis you are using.

I'll see you in the endlessly untracked backcountry!
post #4 of 6
If he buys skins for prophets chances are that if he buys new skis the old skins will fit with a trim down.

And i don't get blisters in alpine boots.
post #5 of 6
If you start right at the base and climb high heel right away Alpine boots are fine. If you have to deal with flats or boot climbing they aren't.

Skis...any ski with a flat top to mount bindings on works. Half the time the only difference is graphics anyway.

Fritschi, Naxo Dynafit are the most popular binding. I have all three. Dynafit to climb to top once and descend, anything but Dynafit for yo-yo skiing.
post #6 of 6
Originally Posted by newfydog
If you start right at the base and climb high heel right away Alpine boots are fine. If you have to deal with flats or boot climbing they aren't.
Yep yep, good point. I'm lucky enough to start my tours right at the hill.
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