Happy New Ski Season!
I live in Western Newfoundland where we have rolling hills of about 500-700 metres maximum. There are some lovely opportunities for downhill in an average day but I reckon roughly 80-90%% of the day here would be going slightly up or on flats.
I just started backcountry skiing a few years ago and my set-up right now is the classic soft boot with the duckbill and the Voilé 3-pin cable binding which is perfect for the ups and flats but going down is a different story...
Having skiied alpine all my life, I find it incredibly frustrating to be at the top of a beautiful downhill and know that I'm going to spend a good part of it falling when - if only I had an alpine boot and binding, I would have so much fun going down.
I could take the time to learn to proper telemark, I know, I know... but I'm looking for an easier out than that :) So I'm wondering what the skiers out there might recommend for the terrain here? Some people around here are moving into AT gear while the majority have a hard plastic telemark boot and switchback binding system.
Does anybody have any recommendations? To reiterate, I'd be looking for something that is light and flexible for flats but will stiffen up enough to be able to parallel ski on the way down.
Any help anybody might be able to offer would be much appreciated.
Thanks for your time and take care.