I'd like to get some feedback for a backcountry/mountaineering ski setup I'm putting together, I'll be skiing exclusively in the California Sierras.
My background is I'm a second season skier, though I dabbled off and on in years past (never really got the hang of it back then I'd say).
Last season I set out determined to get the hang of it. Since I have a rollber blading background, I decided to try skiboards (99cm - 120cm) and shorty approach type skis (130cm ish). I was able to ski black diamonds on my first day without falling. Rest of season went well by end I was starting to ski double blacks at a place like mammoth.
I want to transistion to full size now and start with some easier ski mountaineering and touring. I'm thinking of something like a 167 in the K2 Backup, K2 Wayback, or K2 Backlash with Marker F10 AT bindings, or Dynafit Ft. I've been skiing in Garmont Radium boots which I want to stick with.
I'm just at six foot tall, 153 lbs. I alpine climb, run marathons, bike, etc very athletic. My ski style not so super charging aggressive, but leans more to finesse.
Charts seem to push me more towards a ski in the 170s, but given that I'm still new, and longer skis have given me trouble in the past, I'm inclined to stay on the short side of things. Also knowing what I can do on shorty skis/skiboards inclines me to stay on the shorter side.. I don't want to go so short though that the skis are unstable for times where you have to open it up, say a narrow steep section in a couloir - so I'm not sure what length.
Back to bindings, I like the Dynafits but reading a few things about unwanted release on the Wild Snow FAQ gives me pause. Also I'd like to use this same setup on the resorts, basically for training, so am thinking maybe I should go with Marker F10s. I don't actually care if I have to replace the bindings early due to beating them up, I'm more concerned about unwanted release when in a nasty section in the mountains. Fitness is my current strength over descending so am thinking to err on side of heavier binding.
cheers for your time and any suggestions!