Rob’s Dynafit Manaslu Guest Blog

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Oh Those Slus.

Oh Those 'Slus.

Powder for my birthday! This week I took my birthday off which gave me six days off from my work rotation for ski touring. Happy, happy, the Wenatchee Mountains received a couple of feet of powder in as many days! Friends were put on notice and backcountry skiing plans were made. Being March, we found that we needed to go a bit higher than our frequent pass-based tours to get the fluff. I decided that Wedge Mountain, high above Leavenworth was probably pretty good skiing, but proper route selection for avalanche safety would be the rule. As it turned out, we skied a safe route no steeper than 30 degrees. When we looked back up, the breakover where I had cautioned against approaching to skier’s right had 2 to 3 ft. crown fractures from natural avalanches along a cliff discontinuously for about 500 feet. Terrain selection is the primary skill of utmost importance when traveling in avalanche terrain!

On the Manaslus.

On the Manaslus.

Wedge Mountain is a special place. My first logging job in town in 1980 was pullin’ riggin’ and settin’ chokers on a long span Swiss skyline that stretched high overhead to the first summit of Wedge. My first ski tour on the Wedge Mountain (Goat Mountain to old timers here) high point in the 1970 burn was in the early ’80s on skinny grey 220 cm Karhu XCD skis and all leather boots. In summer we walk from the end of the logging road a route that the old-timers who showed me “over the Goat” into Snow Lakes below the Enchantments. We caught many trout at Snow Lakes.

Most of my ski tours there are after the third week of April, when I can drive my Jeep to the usual north slope spot that is blocked by snow drifts, cross the drifts on foot then walk an hour on dry south slope road and trail to the start of the ski tour. The views from the top into the Enchantments are amazing, the ski run down very nice, and it is magical to step out of skis at the end of the snow into the wildflowers in Allen Creek meadow.

Winter approaches to Wedge are long for a day tour. We use snowmobiles to cover the eight road miles to where we put skins on skis and start walking. This trip was after nine inches of snowfall registered on weather telemetry between 10 PM and 6 AM. We broke a deep trail on the lee slopes with our three snowmobiles in the lower elevation wet snow, and managed to get the older snowmobiles stuck a few times. At the end of the road we climbed on skis and ascended into deep fluffy goodness!

The downhill run was the best powder any of us had all season. We decided that to have such skiing otherwise we would need to fly to Salt Lake or go to Canada, so we instead decided to just come back to Wedge. We came back, and saw that our uptrack had been filled in with new snow the next two days. Not bad for March powder!

Backcountry Skiing

Getting that March powpow.

The Manaslu: Turn, Baby, Turn!

When I crank the Manaslu in soft snow “Turn, Baby, Turn,” comes into my mind like the 70′s song that was on the airwaves when I first ski toured . Manaslu are sooo good in powder, an absolutely easy turning ski in soft snow! As far as that goes, crust, breakable crust, wind-packed, and wet snow are handled easily as well like an afterthought. Schweet! “Unfair advantage” was the quote from Fritz in Austria about the Dynafit Manaslu in one of Lou’s blog entrys. Later Lou wrote, “These are a no-compromise planks for difficult conditions, and we like ‘em. We like ‘em mucho.” Me too!

In some ways, I have a different take compared to what I have read about the Manaslu. I find the Manaslu to be soft, flexible, no-effort-turning- but I am over 6 ft tall and I weigh 225 lbs. Lee Lau said,” … They are very stable at speed; I could ski them backseat… In low speed to medium speed turns Manaslu was underwhelming.”

The only falls that I have had on the Manaslu are from getting in the backseat. It feels like my weight just bends the tails if I get in the back seat until I get out of control. The few days at first while I used my Zzero4C boot I would get back and recover. When I decided to ski the Manaslu using the shorter Zzero3C boot I learned that getting back on those soft tails with a short boot meant falling on my butt. By now, I have adjusted my balance and technique and feel very much right on the sweet spot of the Manaslu. As far as stability, there is little resemblance to the the-faster-you-ski-the-better-it-is Dynafit FR10. However, with familiarity and technique adjustment I feel that the Manaslu is very stable at moderate speeds, less than I ski on the FR10. The 178 Manaslu feels shorter than my 178 FR10. The applied force required to turn the Manaslu is significantly less than that needed to turn the FR10. In my experience, with my bulk, the Manaslu turns easily and quickly, as quick as my 174cm K2 Chogori turns on nice corn or shallow snow.

The nice surprise is how well the lightweight and comfortable Zzero3C boot skis the Manaslu. As I mentioned above, as long as I stay out of the back seat the Zzero3C has all of the cranking power needed to energize the Manaslu. That combination, Zzero3C and Manaslu/ FT12 is very light for touring. My size 29 Zzero3C TF weighs 7.3 lbs. compared to the size 29 Zzero4C TF weight of 8 lbs.

Backcountry Skiing

And again.

The Speedskins fit the Manaslu perfectly and slide well, enhanced by my habit of rubbing in F4 wax on the skin. I think that the F4 wax rubbed on works better than Glopstopper, and contrary to what someone at a shop said, I have experienced no untoward effects from the F4 wax on any of my skins glue so far.

The Dynafit FT12 binding functions in a significantly improved fashion compared to my Dynafit Tri Step, Comfort, and Speed bindings. For the first time, I have skied downhill on the FT12 binding without the toe locked, and I have not prereleased the toe as I can easily do on my other bindings if unlocked. The locked toe on the FT12 tours well, although I have walked out of it a few times on the ascent, as I have on Dynafit and even Fritsche bindings. The brake on the FT12 functions well and does not interfere with the heel rotation. The brake on the Tri Step heel worked so poorly in rotation and non-releasing that I just removed it.

Although I have a quiver of randonnee skis, the Manaslu is easily the best tool for powder- and powder is the reason that we walk up mountains to get turns!

(Guest blogger Rob Mullins lives in Leavenworth, Washington with Randonnee Girl and Mrs. Randonnee.)

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33 Responses to “Rob’s Dynafit Manaslu Guest Blog”

  1. ThomasB April 3rd, 2009 11:29 am

    I weigh 165lbs( 190? w/gear) and ski tour aggressivly on average of 75 ( big)days a year and will log a dozen or so fast aggressive days at the resort all on dynafits (TLT or Comfort) I have NEVER had a pre release and always ski with the toe piece down.
    I have released while cratering at high speeds just as I felt the hamstrings and calves stretch to almost injury length and was extremely grateful for having the toe piece down on such a great binding.
    So, while I admit that for bigger guys DIN setting may be a limitation I think it is important to tell people that the bindings work as designed. I also suspect that many people claim a “pre release” to hide some drivers error that produced a warranted release.
    For the record I know 5 different folks with broken legs/knees from torque produced by skis from a Dynafit that had the toe piece locked and therefore did not release in avalanches and falls.

  2. Mike April 3rd, 2009 12:27 pm

    Hey Rob. I’ve got a pair of the FR 10′s, 187cm and love ‘em. I too am just over 6′ but tip the scales at 183 in my birthday suit. So what’s with the short length for a guy your weight? I plan on replacing them with the Mansalu also in 187cm. Just wondering what your (and everybody else’s) opinion is on the subject is.

  3. Tony Z April 3rd, 2009 12:53 pm

    Great pics!!!

  4. Dale Persing April 3rd, 2009 4:19 pm

    Ditto the great pics, esp #2.
    Is it me, or does the first make it look as if the skier’s going uphill?
    Are Dynafit’s REALLY that good (grin)?

    Dale

  5. Greg Louie April 4th, 2009 10:37 am

    Hi Rob,

    I have to say I’m with Mike on this, especially if it took that long to find the sweet spot and the tail seems soft – I demoed the 178 at Crystal after the rando race, and it seemed the right size for me (165, 5’8″). The skis rocked in sun-crusted, tracked up heavy fresh as well as at speed on corduroy groomers. Tip flutter was no worse than many other widish skis, and the things rode over mank and debris like nobody’s business. They were still plenty light for touring.

    Did you try the 187?

  6. Randonnee April 5th, 2009 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the comments, I have been away.

    Ski length is certainly a personal preference.

    The 178 cm length has become my favorite. I have my light setup with K2 Chogoris that I ski in 174 cm. My skiing is strictly touring except 5 days on lifts this season with my daughter- so it is a ratio of 10 to 1– touring/ lifts. The 178 length is just fine for me for stable turns and moderate to good speed- I do not feel that my speed is limited by the 178 length. I usually do not ski very fast in the backcountry, that is not my goal, speed on skis was something done when I skied lifts a lot, my enjoyment now of the backcountry is not focused on speed. On the uphill I find the shorter length to be good for kick turning and walking around. I now prefer shorter as possible for me in the backcountry. In the day when I worked on skis the length was 204 to 207 and my randonnee skis were 204. Then I was on 190s for years, then with the FR10 went to 178. I was a bit late to go short and wide on the skis. I think that I prefer easy over extra stability for touring. I do ski primarily the Wenatchee Mountains and feel that the snow conditions are quite different than the Crest- eg I would probably want longer and stiffer skis if I were skiing the Cascade Crest primarily

    Greg I did not try the 187 cm, I am not that interested with my preferences above. Yeah, I have enjoyed the Manaslu in mank, crust, and even corn down below the powder. If not deep snow I will probably ski on my Seven Summit or Chogori.

  7. Randonnee April 5th, 2009 7:21 pm

    ThomasB, my weight likely exceeds the designed-use of a Dynafit binding, but I have used confidently my Dynafit bindings except for the problematic Tri Step toe.

    Except for the new FT12, I can just stand in boots in Dynafit bindings on skis and if the toe is unlocked I can push with the ball of my foot and release the toe. There is a limit of weight and force that I can exceed for the Dynafit binding. Only in powder can I get away with skiing my Speed and Comfort unlocked, on hard pack it is instant release from an unlocked toe. As I stated I compensate by locking the toe, which increases the DIN except in the straight-up direction. That increased DIN from locking the toe does not keep me in if I need to release, in fact on the uphill I walk out of full toe-lock easily if I am not paying attention.

    Rob

  8. dan April 10th, 2009 11:48 am

    Hi Rob,

    I was considering going with the mansalus, or the seven summits. I am a PNW skiier as well, and I like high speed steep corn, and I plan on skiing well into the summer. I am 6’4″ 195, and have loved my 177 mantras – but it’s time to go lighter… you seem like the ideal person to ask about comparison between the mansalus and 7 summits as you are big like me, and have skiied both skis – any words of wisdom about wich ski might be a better ski mountaineering ski for our sublime maritime corn season?

    Thanks

  9. Randonnee April 10th, 2009 6:10 pm

    Dan I would choose the Seven Summit for spring and summer. The Manaslu seems too wide for spring and summer- except for those times that we get the new snow dumps! I did turn some corn at a lower elevation below the powder that I skied, and the Manaslu felt surprisingly comfortable even using the 3-buckle Zzero3 C TF boot. I like the Seven Summit with my 3-buckle Zzero3 C TF. That light setup skis corn and hard snow well and even blasted powerfully through summer melted muck on Mt Adams last year surprisingly well. my take is that the Seven Summit is stiffer than the Shuksan, and not so easy to turn, but is good for my large carcass…I ski toured on my Seven Summit skis today on corn snow in the Wenatchee Mountains.

    Another thought is an 88 waist ski such as the Mustagh Ata or FT 10, or K2 Baker Superlight. I have the 88 waist FR 10 and that would do well all around with my 4-buckle Zzero4 C TF, but that is a lot more weight and I prefer to walk in the shorter boots. I see online that folks are using that width as all-around.

    Seven Summit is quite powerful and versatile for me in all conditions. I have skied some surprise powder and those skis did well also. With my weight it does not feel stiff at all, just right flex.

  10. Eiko Amano April 10th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Hi Randonnee,
    I really appreciated your comments about the Seven Summitt since I am taking my Seven Summitt next week to the Silvretta tour. Thanks.
    Eiko

  11. Randonnee April 10th, 2009 8:55 pm

    Glad that it was helpful. Have a great trip.

    Best, Rob

  12. Mark Worley August 2nd, 2009 7:30 am

    Months after publication…
    I know someone who debated between the Manaslu and Mt. Baker Superlight. The Manaslu won and he RAVES about them. No surprise.

  13. Randonnee August 2nd, 2009 10:33 pm

    Yes, Mark I am pretty stoked about my Manaslu. I dream of powder skiing the Manaslu during these hot summer days! For me, Manaslu is an easy flexy ski that I drive well with the 3 buckle Zzero 3- a very light setup. I do not like the Manaslu on hard snow, I prefer my 80 waist Seven Summit or my 70 waist Chogori on hard snow or corn. This past season my randonnee tour days were divided into > 30 days each on Seven Summit and Manaslu, and about 5 days each on FR10 and Chogori. My Zzero3 boot gets the most days now on the Seven Summit and Manaslu, the Zzero4 I use only on the stiff FR10, and I use my favorite comfortable TLT4 on the Chogori. I did not really like wider skis that much until I got the Manaslu, and I do continue to enjoy the narrow skis.

  14. Lou August 3rd, 2009 6:19 am

    I use both the Baker SL and Manaslu, Baker is more of an all-around ski in my opinion, while Manaslu can’t be beat for any type of soft snow, breakable crust, that sort of thing. If I had to pick one ski for traveling, I’d bring the Manaslu for most parts of the season, but would tend to bring the Baker for spring backcountry skiing, such as our Silvretta traverse last spring. I’ve also got a pair of regular Mount Bakers, and they’re even better on hardpack than the SL, and do everything else the same, but weigh noticeably more. K2 Coomback is more along the lines of a Manaslu type of ski…

  15. Mark Worley August 3rd, 2009 6:49 am

    Manaslu and Coomback have similar dimensions and design, with very noticeable weight difference–Coomback being far heavier. Again, both skis are excellent. Tried the new Coombacks and probably liked them best of the skis I tested that day.

  16. Pete October 8th, 2009 3:57 pm

    My K2 Shuksans have been wonderful in all conditions besides crud (breakable crust) & powder in the backcountry. I’d like to get something a little fatter, skiing 80% backcountry, 20% at the resort (on the really good days). I’m leaning towards either the Coomback (135-102-121) or Manaslu (122-95-108 (178)). What are the major differences between the two? To me, it seems like the Coomback might be better for crud & powder since it’s a little fatter & has the rocker tip… What do you think?

  17. Randonnee October 8th, 2009 5:03 pm

    Pete, perhaps Lou can speak to this. I am really a fan of narrower skis except for my Manaslu in soft snow, which I dream about…As far as the Manaslu I am one with “a bias” (see Backcountry Magazine review) for touring…touring is what it is all about. I am into the best light rig for touring that I may downhill ski comfortably and competently in all conditions. For me I think it is Seven Summit or Manaslu, both with the Zzero3 boot.

    Right now I am pondering whether to get the Seven Summit Superlight to replace my Seven Summit, or whether to try the new Mustagh Ata Superlight. I lean toward the narrower ski and to use with my Zzero3 boot for the comfort and light weight, and enough control to ski however I want to, nice for touring. I have the FR10 (88 waist), which skis fine with my Zzero4, but I do not like touring the Cascades on firm snow with the wider waist, and prefer touring and walking with the Zzero3. I am in central WA on the east slope of the Cascades, so my preference is shaped by this snowpack, and also influenced by many years of skiing skinny skis both alpine and tele.

  18. Lou October 8th, 2009 5:11 pm

    Pete and Randonnee, I’d say the Coomback is a bit more of an all-around ski than the Manaslu, and the ‘slu is lighter. I say this because the Coomback according to Louie is decent on hardpack for that sort of ski, while neither of us prefer Manaslu on hardpack.

  19. Aaron November 8th, 2009 11:27 pm

    I’m debating between the Manaslu and the Mustagh Ata Superlight. Both are light and have the waist width I’m looking for. However I compared the pictures of both and saw that the binding mount is several inches forward on the Mustagh Ata Superlight versus the Manaslu. Certainly this affects the how a ski skis. In the deeper snow I like to sit more in the back seat. However the Mustagh Ata seems to be rarely talked about and is not carried by very many retailers. Any thoughts?

  20. Mark November 9th, 2009 12:11 am

    Mustagh Ata is a fine ski, but is largely overshadowed by the Manaslu. Mustagh Ata has conventional camber, while the Manaslu has a rockered-type tip. The gradual rise of the tip effectively means the running length of the ski is less. Having the mount further back is likely due to this reduced running length.

  21. Randonnee November 19th, 2009 3:43 pm

    Today we skied backcountry at Stevens Pass in 11 inches new snow that had .66 water content for the 11 inches. Typical Cascade Crest storm. The 184 Manaslu and my Zzero4 boot or even a larger boot would have been nice in that snow, I will admit. As I said, my usual touring in nice drier snow in the east-of-the-divide Wenatchee Mountains gives me a preference for the 178 Manaslu and Zzero3 boots, even though I am large. As Greg Louie commented above and I responded, if I did more skiing in the Cascade Crest snowpack I would want the longer ski and also bigger boots. Today’s conditions demonstrated this, although we did fine straightlining that Cascade ‘fluff’, sometimes pushing a 1/2 yard wetslab in front of one’s legs on some aspects…that reminds me of avy control days in the past, slogging through that type of snow! Big skis are well suited for this type of snow.

  22. Christopher Nicolson December 29th, 2009 11:03 am

    Yes the 178 cm Manaslu skis are good but different.

    For an expert skier, most people I know want to be in the snow, not on the snow. For this reason, I actually don’t fully appreciate the early rise technology on the descent. Also, I prefer a longer ski. It provides more of a graceful flow down the mountain through the powder. The guy on wildsnow favoured short skis. I don’t agree, at least not yet.

    However, the early rise technology was definitely appreciated on the up track. When breaking trail, the ski popped out of the snow much more quickly which made for less resistance -a great asset. The shorter length will come in handy for narrow couloir entrances or tight turns in the trees. And it already made for easier switchback turns on the uptrack.

    So there is a compromise. The skis are marvellous for the uptrack, but I give up a little on the descent.

    I should note that we ski in pretty consistent dry snow conditions in the BC interior. If we had more crud, I might appreciate the early rise more.

    I would recommend that Dynafit look at a 183 length. If they made this length in the slightly narrower Mustagh Ata, I think this would be the perfect combination for me as an expert technical skier. Short enough for the tight areas and steep up tracks, but it allows for a deep, rhythmic and exciting powder turn (albeit giving up forementioned advantages of the early rise).

    I hope this help with some of the consumer feedback. I really appreciated the wildsnow.com site. It was a great source of info during my research.

    PS – I also purchased a set of G3 Zest’s for my wife. Huge brownie points. They are awesome. She is skiing terrain she has never touched before.

    C Nicolson
    6’1″, 210 lbs. Expert skier.

  23. Sierra Skier February 10th, 2010 2:40 pm

    Does anyone know what the factory edge bevel angles are for the Manaslus? Thanks.

  24. edMac March 18th, 2010 9:55 am

    Thanks Rob for the great info on the Manaslu. I am new to AT from tele, have not had my heels locked down in over 30 years. I recently mounted the Dynafit FT12 bindings to 187 Manaslu skis. On my first run down an icy and rough run I wiped out big time, not sure if I pre-released. I did have the toe latches in the fully down position. I am trying to figure the Dynafit toe piece out still. I read to keep it down so it releases, then I read to tighten it up a couple of clicks, and some even lock it. Read Lou’s nice reports on Dynafit bindings too. I guess I will experiment, but curious as to what percentage (roughly) do people keep the toe piece fully locked or partially locked when skiing downhill?

    I could use some advice on these questions please:

    1) I plan on skiing the Manaslu with Dynafit FT12 for a long Sierra tour this spring. Linking the Monarch Divide with the High Route with an unnamed 40 miler back to the Palisades. About 130 miles total length. I am assuming I should bring an entire extra Dynafit binding. Where is best place to by Dynafit parts, instead of a pair of bindings?

    2) I am also assuming the Manaslu will be durable enough for such a long tour (although there are some dialogs out there about the inserts blowing out — probably for cliff jumping exploits).

    Thanks

  25. Rob M March 18th, 2010 11:16 am

    Hey edMac,

    My experience with the FT12 is all good, but on other Dynafit I have locked the toes to use them. On FT 12, no pre-release of unlocked toes even on a tour that required a couple of miles up and down through 30+ degree sidehill forest with low-snowpack giant icy tree holes! This is significant, I have experienced serious and dangerous pre-release of the toes on Tri Step, Comfort, and Speed. I will never forget my first turn on my FR10 ski and new Zzero4 boot on hardpack piste- just a slight twitch and the wings opened and released the toe! I must to lock those toes. My new ST Pro bindings on my Seven Summit Superlight ski are proven for me in fast and hard skiing firm snow with the toe unlocked.

    As far as spring touring on Manaslu, not for me. I skied soft snow and some powder on the above-mentioned tour but the hard refrozen Cascade snow feels very insecure on my Manaslu. I will be using my Seven Summit Superlight now for hard snow, corn snow, spring and summer, volcano skiing. That ski carves and edges powerfully. I continue to prefer the familiar more traditional waisted ski. My moderately stiff 70 waist K2 Chogori ski is easily my favorite for traversing around 30 degree plus Cascade hard refrozen snow. My Seven Summit Superlight is also very nice, stiffer and stronger edging beneath my bulk. Here is an article interview with Seattle area Swiss Guide Martin Volken with comments about ski width- http://www.justgetout.net/Wenatchee/18413

    “…width has its limits. In firm snow conditions, anything fatter than the soles/ankles of your boots won’t let you apply as much power to the edges. As a point of reference, World Cup giant slalom skiers are using skis that are 67mm under foot. They’re not skiing on narrower skis because they’re old-school but because that width has proved optimal for transferring power to the edges while minimizing the likelihood of booting-out while on edge. Backcountry skiers have a lot more variable snow conditions to deal with and ski touring is about many more things than maximizing speed or edge hold. Still, there are days in the mountains (steep, icy conditions) where powerful edging equates to safety.”

    As far as durability, I see no problems with my Dynafit bindings- never broke one, I broke Fritsches in the backcountry skiing powder. Manaslu has been durable beneath my considerable mass for two seasons now, but no hucking and nothing rough for my old body. They are so easy that my friends are amazed at how I can thread trees skiing powder on Manaslu, I quite enjoy them in soft snow, but not on firm snow.

    Time to go now, just waiting for some sun to soften the hard snow around here. Time to go for a skitlour!

  26. BigD March 18th, 2010 2:02 pm

    Rob,
    That prose has familiar ring to it.
    Randonee? Is that you?

  27. edMac March 18th, 2010 2:15 pm

    Rob, Thanks much for the good input on both the TLT Z12 binding toe piece release and the Manaslu skis. I think I will still take the Manaslu skis on the long spring Sierra tour, mainly due to budget issues. I agree about the narrower waist being better on ice than a wider waist like the Manaslu. I may just end up taking my tele skis (Atomic Kailas with an 88 waist, which work great on all conditions).

    I am also a bit suspect of the factory “tune” of the Manaslu skis, they railed while skiing on hardpack. That is easy to fix/test.

    Thanks,
    ed

  28. Rob M March 18th, 2010 7:47 pm

    BigD-Yes, he called me Rob so I did not want to confuse anyone…

    I think that all of my new Dynafit skis felt railed…I tuned ‘em.

    When I was skiing sidehill forest in icy tree holes on Manaslu I thought about edging the area under my boot and forgot about edging the floppy tips and it went better. That makes sense considering the ski design. That design with the rising tip makes it sweet in tight turns on soft snow and it is nice when skinning.

    This afternoon I skied in sunshine a 1500 vert face of 33 to 40ish degree angle in sweet corn on the Seven Summit Superlight and my Zzero3 boot. A super excellent setup! Getting back on an 80 waist in breakable in the woods I had to change my style from Manaslu feet apart back to feet platformed together.

    For me, my 88 waist FR10 is moderately stiff and works better with my Zzero4. The Zzero3 turns the soft Manaslu and 80 waist Seven Summit well. My 70 waist Chogoris are turned easily with the soft TLT4 boots. I am thinking that If I get some of the new TLT5 that one boot would do it all.

  29. Harry August 21st, 2012 8:05 am

    Hi Rob & others,

    not sure if I can revive an old thread, but I wondered if you had any advice for the bindings for the seven summit skis.

    I own a pair of fritsche’s, can I mount these or is it better/worse for stability/durability to get dynafit bindings (which I don’t have and are very hard to get here (Argentina), or does it not matter much?

    Many thanks
    Thanks, Harry

  30. Lou Dawson August 21st, 2012 8:45 am

    Hi Harry, what type of use will you put the skis to?

  31. Harry August 21st, 2012 2:04 pm

    Hi Lou,

    thanks for the quick reaction. I am not a very good skier, I come from the climbing world (my first times on touring skis was while climbing Denali!).

    It will mostly be doing crosscounrty, especially climbing/descending volcanoes and other hills and valleys here in Argentina as well as some resort skiing, but nothing too extreme/fast (red slopes normally).

    Many thanks!
    Harry

  32. Lou Dawson August 21st, 2012 3:33 pm

    Harry, while a tech binding setup such as Dynafit would be ideal, the Fritschis will work for you. Lou

  33. Harry August 21st, 2012 7:52 pm

    Thanks Lou, much appreciated. Now if only the rain in Patagonia would turn into snow…
    Cheers, Harry

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