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bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 18, 2008 - 08:54pm PT
So I'm thinking about getting back into cross country skiing which I think has been renamed 'nordic skiing' by the idiotic yuppies who wanna feel 'nordic'.

Anyway, any tips on places that have good buys?

Any tips on the newer generation of x-country technology? I used to jump on my Mom's ski's and cruise around Valtournanche BITD, but that was early 80's gear. Seemed to work great but I'm sure there's newer stuff they've improved on.

X-country kicks ass because you can just pull off a road and take off, no chair lifts, no 'boarders', no nothin', just take off into the woods and cut a trail.

I used to love it.

EDIT: I have $150 in gift cards for REI from my folks so I thought this looked good.

http://www.rei.com/product/package/48323410,48323406,48322918,48322936,48192020/xcountry_pkg2_08

Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Dec 18, 2008 - 08:56pm PT
Meadow skipper.




Are you talking XC as in skinny skate kickers on a cut and packed trail or randonee (AT) where you will be off-piste skinning up hill for first tracks down?
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Dec 18, 2008 - 08:59pm PT
Glacier Point road is a good ski out/in. Dang near anywhere off 395 near the Mammoth area. Upper Owens river area when there's good snow there, nice and flat, no crowds, cool hills for gliding near the area. Royal Gorge area near Tahoe. Schit I gotta go tune up my boards and maybe get out this winter too!
Peace
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2008 - 09:01pm PT
I just noticed they actually now have a high-top type 'boot'. I used to use a shoe-type. Sweet. The boots look more comfy.

Ricky...wise-ass!
Walleye

climber
El Portal On the Merced Riviera
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:02pm PT
Whoa Man!!!

I feel a rather extensive Blinny EKat post comin down the pike.
Richard

climber
Bend, OR.
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:03pm PT
Think metal edges!!!!
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:03pm PT
Okay - just noticed your REI link - so you ARE going to be a meadow skipper.

Have to let others answer then - I only know AT/Randonee.
Blinny

Trad climber
HighAtopTheDrumlin
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:09pm PT
Walleye, DamnIt. . . I had a big ass post written . . . all the way from defining "nordic" vs "alpine" and the whole 9 frikken yards. . . and DELORTED it.

:-)

Bluey. . . you gotta figure out where you're gonna ski. . . then get the right stuff for it.

REMEMBER:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GENERAL, ALL PURPOSE NORDIC SKI.

POINT BLANK.

Somebody STOP me.

:-)

eKatTheNordicNerd

Walleye

climber
El Portal On the Merced Riviera
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:09pm PT
Yeah, "Metal Edges"
Walleye

climber
El Portal On the Merced Riviera
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:14pm PT
Or "Not Metal Edges" It's all good


Ha ha ha ha Blinny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edit: P.S. Badger Pass is opening on December 20th.....
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:14pm PT
I need to replace my AT/Randonee skis, what do you recommend for a 220 pounder. I want an agile ski that turns on command and will handle various conditions.
Blinny

Trad climber
HighAtopTheDrumlin
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:16pm PT
Frikk-a-Zee. . . look at that skating lane.

Whoa.

COME ON SNOW. . . STOP FALLING SO PEOPLE CAN GROOM, ALREADY!

:-)

eKatMaroonedHighAtopTheDrumlinInTheDeepNorthWoods
Walleye

climber
El Portal On the Merced Riviera
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:17pm PT
Yep, that's a skating lane wide enough for the Walleye....
Blinny

Trad climber
HighAtopTheDrumlin
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:20pm PT
Nice technique, by the way. . . say. . . are you a PROFESSIONAL?

:-)

Remember when I kept telling Moynier that it wasn't PMSIA and that he needed to be having more FUN with it?

HohMahn!

ox

eKatTheIrreverent
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:23pm PT
Mtnmun - take a look at any of these for AT -

Black Diamond - http://www.bdel.com/gear/skis_overview.php - the Megawatts and Havocs set up well for AT.

G3 - http://www.genuineguidegear.com/g3_skis.html - especially the Reverends. (I have some of the old Barons - good ski)

PMGear (Powder Maggot Gear) - http://pmgear.com/index.php?cPath=52
Handmade by Reno/Tahoe locals - super combination of power and lightweight.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2008 - 09:26pm PT
Ekat, I talking about a touring ski, x-country, not a lot of downhill.

Just cruising through the woods and stuff. I have downhill skis, but that's grown a bit tiring with all the sh#t you have to deal on the slopes.

I'm talkin' backcountry/anywhere touring.

X-country, baby.
Walleye

climber
El Portal On the Merced Riviera
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:28pm PT
So Bluering.

Ski technology today is like everything else in America. It is better than most people's ability to utilize it to it's full potential. You don't say what level you ski at so it's hard to make ski recommendations based on the information you gave. It usually always boils down to how much do you have to spend, and getting comfortable boots. Good luck and enjoy yourself..

And Ekat: It sez on that little pin that I is a Poffesional...

Edit: Maysho oughta be chiming in here shortly too.
del cross

climber
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:31pm PT
bluering, there's a whole lot of downhill in the "backcountry/anywhere touring" category. Without trying to be (too) condescending it sounds a whole lot like you want to putt around in a flat meadow while exclaiming how beautiful the view is. If that's the case you might as well just get snowshoes.
Blinny

Trad climber
HighAtopTheDrumlin
Dec 18, 2008 - 09:35pm PT
Sounds maybe like what you're interested in is general touring? (as opposed to going to places like Royal Gouge and paying to ski on groomed trails, right?)

I would go to the REI near you and rent stuff. . . see if they have a program where you can apply your rental charges when you pound down to buy stuff. Most places do that.

SHINE ON THE METAL EDGE SCENE.

Go light.

But don't get "on piste" stuff if you're going to be "off piste" (which is not to be confused with being piste off)

:-)

Those high-topped boots can be pretty cool. . . just make sure your ankle bones can handle them. . . they can be abrasive at first. . . then later on when they're getting older. A few wraps of duct tape on your pole or on a pencil in your pack can help with abrasions out in the field. Just rip off a square and plaster it on your hot spots. . . works wonders, really.

eKat





bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2008 - 09:36pm PT
I've gone downhill and uphill in x-country ski's, just not super long runs.

Yeah, some putting around, but hills (not downhill runs) aren't a problem. I'm pretty experienced on x-coutry rigs.

Snow shoes disallow the coasting down hills. Going uphill in x-country skis is almost as easy as the same in snowshoes if you know what you're doing.
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