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Cross country BC skiing vs. Touring?
I did a couple days of cross country skiing last year around some flatter backcountry areas and actually had an awesome time, it was fun just to go out for a whole day and explore terrain all under human power, reminded me of mtn biking in a way. Also liked how with it being flat rolling terrain, you didnt have to worry about avalanche danger pretty much at all.
I've never done any kind of touring/skinning, but its something i'd like to try as well, I've taken an avalance safety class and have some experienced friends i could go with, which is nice, but i'm wondering if it would be as efficient as cross country skis for pure cross country skiing, would a set of touring skis/bindings do well on an all cross country day as well?
I've never been cross country skiing, but working at a ski shop I have handled many cross country skis and they are significantly lighter than any touring setup I've used/seen. The weight of an AT setup would probably make cross country skiing much more difficult than skis that are actually made for cross country.
its been a long time since I've been on xc skis, but no you can't skate with touring bindings. touring bindings don't have that elastic hinge that keeps your skis close to your heal. and you can't really glide all that much. mohair skins will glide more than synthetic but its nothing like xc skis. and as mentioned above they are much lighter.
If you are breaking trail, skate skiing isn't going to be a concern.
My touring skis are probably 3x wider than your XC skis, so if your slogging through fresh deep snow, its possible you may get better float.
Ultimately XC skis are way lighter and more efficient for XC skiing .. that's what they are designed for...
You could still do it but it is defiantly not as efficient. I toured like 18 miles with ep pros dukes and full tilts so you can really do whatever you want with any setup it will just suck more
I don't even understand what you're asking. You can't really XC on unbroken pow, you might as well just be wearing boots because there's no way you stay remotely on top of that stuff is there?
Bumping this again, think im decided against going the XC ski route, I'm looking for a touring setup, I probably wont be doing a ton of actual BC skiing this year, but i'd like to have something that can get me long distances. There's a couple 15+ mile multi day trips i want to do. this winter. I'm guessing a touring setup would be the most ideal for that anyway? any advice on what to look for in a ski that would be used for both long distance touring and still be able to do some BC jumps? thinking something like a 105-115 waist, freestyle oriented powder ski.
There's a new touring forum with some good info in it.
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