Hello all, this is a two part question and probably longish so thanks in advance for any advice. Also, I know this might be better suited to the beginner forum but ultimately it is a gear question, so...
I am going to have November through January off work and I've decided I'd like to add skiing to my list of mountain pursuits. I have climbed (both rock and alpine) for several years, though I am just returning to them both after a few years. I've primarily been road cycling in that time. While I'm not in the best shape of my life I am still pretty fit and reacquainting myself with the strength and mental attitude required for enjoying being out in the mountains.
Ultimately my goal is Back Country skiing. I live in the Pacific Northwest and there are so many great opportunities that it seems kind of ridiculous that I haven't learned how to ski yet. I did snowboard for a few years but I was, honestly, awful. I demo'd a pair of K2 Shuksans a few seasons back on a whim and I was more comfortable in 4 hours on those than I ever was on a snowboard.
So, as a beginning skier with the goal of B/C skiing, am I being overly optimistic in aiming towards getting an AT rig to learn to ski on?
EDIT: My plan is to take some lessons, ski in bounds, and practice practice practice for this 3 months. I am NOT going to be learning to ski in the backcountry, that is just where I hope to be once I have the skills.
And part 2: If it's not totally nuts, what would you recommend, gear-wise? I am 6'3" and 175-180 (no gear). My primary "wants' form a ski are being user-friendly, being able to explore side country, and single day tours. I'd like to hit up the Sulphide glacier but that would be, by far, the longest tour I would take in the next season. By the time I advance to multi-day tours I would hope to have a dedicated touring rig.
Things that have been recommended by shops:
(all with Marker Barons)
Rossi S3 (Leaning towards this at the moment)
Line Prophet 100
Edited by maski - 10/17/10 at 9:21am