Today – Elk Mountains, Colorado

Post by blogger | April 26, 2011      

Sometimes, April can be one of the better months for backcountry skiing here in Colorado. This one has been pretty good. Got some more today. People are calling it the winter that will not end. Of course, it will. Then we’ll ski corn snow for a few weeks. Ho hum.

April backcountry powder skiing.

Still using next year’s Manaslu 178 with Radical ST binder. All working well, but I sure don’t like reaching down an rotating the binding by hand when I want to go to alpine mode with bindings on. But I do like the flip-up heel lifters; they’re fast and easy. Just thought I’d throw a gear tidbit in there. I’ve grown to like the skis very much, though I’m still feeling like I wouldn’t mind the binding being back a centimeter or so.


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14 Responses to “Today – Elk Mountains, Colorado”

  1. AndyC April 26th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Yeah, we got another foot of snow at Paradise last night (Mt. Rainier NP) bringing us back up to 232 inches on the ground. Last week I skied a foot of new powder one day and crust, trap crust, and corn the next day. The heavy snow this year allowed an apparent 1st descent of the Nisqually Ice Cliffs:

  2. Tom Gos April 26th, 2011 4:59 pm

    Lou, I’m not that familiar with the Radical, but do you think there would be a way to home brew some sort of mod that would allow the heel to be rotated to ski mode with a ski pole in a way similar to the old style Dynafit’s? Perhaps a loop, hole, or short volcano that would not interfere with the flip up heel lifts?

  3. Jason Gregg April 26th, 2011 5:04 pm

    Just curious what boot you ski these days, the TLT5 maybe

  4. Lou April 26th, 2011 5:38 pm

    TLT5 P mostly, but I get seduced back into my Green Machines as well. I like the TLT5 (am on about day 35), but they do collapse forward sometimes due to the metatarsal sag exaggerating forward cuff movement. Am considering either a shim on the ski under the ball of the foot, or else riveting the metatarsal hinge. I only notice this when I pick up the pace a bit on steeper terrrain, usually, I notice nothing but sweet lightweight goodness.

  5. Lou April 26th, 2011 5:45 pm

    Tom, the problem isn’t so much getting your pole in there as it is the amount of rotation required to get it all the way around into ski mode. It’s a full 3/4 turn to get it there, and the ski pole just can’t move it that far without fiddling. It’s possible one could take the stop pin out that prevents rotation the other way, and thus only have 1/4 turn movement necessary to get to ski mode. Purpose of the stop is to prevent the heel from unintended rotation, which all other models do from time to time.

  6. Charlie April 27th, 2011 1:48 am

    Do the new radicals still “Van-Halen” well from ski mode to touring mode without clicking out at the toe? A key to moving fast and avoiding the Dyna-fiddle is always staying clicked in at the toe…

    The one-moving-part design of the Classic/Speed has a time-tested elegance to it. I’m glad they still plan to make them (and I still intend to buy them).

  7. Lou April 27th, 2011 5:34 am

    Charlie, it can be done, but not easily.

  8. Will April 29th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Hey Lou,
    Just got a pair of Waybacks for spring skiing. The factory tune looks ok, but how do you detune a rockered ski?

    wasn’t sure where to post this

    PS. tried my Manaslus in the forward position, and I liked it much better. I don’t think I ski into the front of my boots as much as I should, and it helps weight the front of the ski. They seemed more responsive, but just as stable. FUN!

  9. Michael Pike April 29th, 2011 7:46 pm

    Yesterday I pulled my vertical st-mounted ski from the back of my pick up and the ski brake snagged on something, resulting in the whole brake assembly sliding forward off the heel piece.
    I was able to compress the spring and slide it back on, but am wondering if I did some permanent damage.
    Has the ever happened to anyone else here?
    I’m leaving on a E. Sierra Crest tour next week and don’t want any problems.

  10. Lou April 29th, 2011 10:52 pm

    Michael, your brakes are missing the retainer clip!

  11. Michael Pike April 30th, 2011 12:47 am

    I just had them remounted on a new pair of skis and skied one day on them.
    Could it have been left off by the ski tech?
    I didn’t think I had pulled that hard on them.

  12. Lou April 30th, 2011 6:12 am

    No, ski techs never make mistakes (grin). Get ’em fixed, and get your money back for the mount.

    Dynafit brakes 101:

  13. Michael Pike April 30th, 2011 10:00 am

    Thanks Lou for the link.
    I was going to do a search this morning. Guess you get up earlier than me.
    The ski tech said he never took the brake off when he remounted the binding from another pair of skis. He also said they sometimes fall off if hit just right.
    Anyway, thanks to your great site, I will be able to fix it myself.

  14. Lou April 30th, 2011 4:40 pm

    OK Michael, sounds good. glad we could help. Lou

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