Skis, Boots and Skins
From super fats with rocker tips to high performance boots with burly bindings, here's the skinny on backcountry ski gear.
Find out when and how to sharpen your edges, touch up the bases, and wax your boards. For telemark, alpine touring, and cross-country skis, and snowboards.
How to select cross-country skis for classic, skating, or light touring styles of nordic skiing. Includes the differences in length, flex, shape and types of bases.
Once you've picked out some Nordic skis, you'll have to outfit yourself with a means of propulsion: nordic ski boots, bindings, and poles.
Fat, super-fat, mid-fat, phat? Backcountry skis have experienced a renaissance in past years. Figuring what kind of skier you are and where you plan to ski will help you find the right balance of flex, sidecut, width, and length so you can carve the lines you're dreaming of.
Going uphill on telemark or alpine touring skis requires the use of climbing skins (nylon strips that attach to the base of your skis). Once you're at the top, remove the climbing skins...