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Need ski type suggestions...thining backcountry, but not sure...one heckuva n00b here!

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Greetings from Kodiak, Alaska.

 

A little about me.

 

I'm 6'4" tall, 220#, been x-country skiing for many years now all over the place.  Last time I downhill skied was...1980ish I believe.  Tried snowboarding once - in 1991.

 

I'm active duty Coast Guard, so I don't permanently live here on Kodiak.  But I do try and get assigned to places where there is snow - and preferably mountains, too!

 

So I'm trying to find the "dual-sport" (motorcycle reference there) of skis.  For the flat x-country skiing here, I have my x-country skis.

 

I want to get up into the mountains and do some real exploring.  And yes...that means downhill as well.

 

From what I can tell, backcountry gear should be my best bet.

 

First question - is that correct?  If not, what should I be looking at?

 

Next question - I don't have a lot of extra money sitting around burning a hole in my pocket.  But I much prefer getting my exercise OUTDOORS as opposed to inside a gym.  So, I can make a few $$$ sacrifices if needed.  What's a good, realistic cost for a quality beginners outfit?

 

This is all pretty foreign to me, and I'm reading up...but with what seems to be so many different options, I need some help narrowing it down. 

 

Thank you in advance - and Happy New Year to everyone!

 

Spicy

Kodiak, Alaska

 

Sorry about the spelling error in the subject...should have been THINKING!!!

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Spicy, if you are thinking of going in the back country you need to take at least a level one avalanche awareness class that will likely run you $200/$300. At that class, you will likely meet other experienced BC skiers you could partner up with. BC skiing alone is very dangerous IMO and I would not do that, especially as a noob.
BC equipment will be a little more expensive than alpine (resort) gear for good bindings (Dynafit) and compatible boots. You will also need to buy skins for your skis to tour on them in the BC.
Do a lot of reading and take the avalanche class before you head out or stay in the resort.
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if you have a strong XC background tele might be the way to go?

 

also, for the backcountry, are you looking for steep turns, or a walk in the woods/valley bottom?  

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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post

 

Spicy, if you are thinking of going in the back country you need to take at least a level one avalanche awareness class that will likely run you $200/$300. At that class, you will likely meet other experienced BC skiers you could partner up with. BC skiing alone is very dangerous IMO and I would not do that, especially as a noob.
BC equipment will be a little more expensive than alpine (resort) gear for good bindings (Dynafit) and compatible boots. You will also need to buy skins for your skis to tour on them in the BC.
Do a lot of reading and take the avalanche class before you head out or stay in the resort.


Thanks for the recommendations.

 

I'll be taking the course as soon as one is available here.  Unfortunately, that's not too often.


Edited by Spicy McHaggis - 1/3/11 at 10:50pm
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if you have a strong XC background tele might be the way to go?

 

also, for the backcountry, are you looking for steep turns, or a walk in the woods/valley bottom?  



That is an important question to ask yourself as your answer will dictate your gear choice. If you can't take an avy course get a copy of "Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain" by Bruce Tremper to understand the enemy and to learn how to avoid traveling in dangerous places. Another good read is "Backcountry Skiing" by Martin Volken for the ABC's of the sport and what it entails.

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^^^^ What they've all said about safety; don't go out in the OB planning to take a course with it's available in your time slot. Especially in AK, you'll die. I'd agree about tele, since you already have a lot of the movements under control. AT gear would be the other logical direction, obviously different style of skiing, I'd argue it's more versatile for lift served, less optimal for real touring. Mainly you have to decide what kind of backcountry you see yourself doing, especially hiking/serious steeps vs lot of more level touring, camping. Also, you're in the wrong forum. Try the backcountry tele forum. Finally, more extensive backcountry community over at TGR, although less forgiving; you'll get roasted if you ask this kind of question this way. Focus....

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Consider 'rugged XC touring' as a tweener and versatile approach that is less costly. By getting a rig with a stiffer boot, binding and edged ski with patterned bases (aka waxless or fish scales), and choosing low angle tours (read, not avy prone areas), you can get a great workout, go anywhere and get some turns every once in a while on your own. I finally removed my cable tele bindings from my skis and mounted my Silvretta Easy Gos. The Silvrettas (older 404s, etc as well) have a front bail and you can use tele, AT, Alpine or evening your hiking boots. The heel has a touring mode and can be locked for better stability than light weight tele bindings do. My skis are Atomic Chugach and Rossi now has a wide patterned base ski that looks to be very nice for softer snows and would be on my A list if I was looking for a rig at the moment.

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