I've recently started the search for a new pair of skis, probably something in the fat/mid-fat category and i've come across a killer deal on the Black Diamond Kilowatts. The problem is, i'm more of the "bindings mounted firmly to my skis" kind of rider and my impression is that the Kilowatts are a telemark specific ski, (even though the BD site has measurements for mounting these bad boys with alpine bindings). As a sidenote, i'm about 6'2 180 lbs with some racing background, skiing mostly in the northwest, and i'm looking at the 185's. So, what can i expect from purchasing a 'telemark' over a traditional alpine ski? Are they softer, stiffer, different/strange turn radius? Or can i expect the advantages of a tele specific ski (lightweight for skinning) without the drawbacks? Please help!
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12/17/09 at 7:35pm