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    Posted: Jul/22/2014 at 12:27am
Hi everyone.

I'm looking at getting into back country ski touring. Looks fun to get out of the resorts. Also, me and my mates like to go ice climbing in back-country areas where we usually have to trek 6+ hours in snow shoes to get to them. Someone suggested that with cross-country skis we could do this in half the time.

I have done a bit of research but not overly helpful so far. So the questions:

1. If I'm looking at trekking up (and skiing down) in areas where I would normally have snow shoes (say shin deep loose snow mostly, but some knee deep), what kind of cross country skis should I get? I have seen alot of the thin style, but they seem to be mainly for skating/races on groomed areas etc. Is this right? I would have thought those skinny skis would have trouble going downhill in powder..

2. If I am going through knee deep lose snow (where even snow shoes sink a bit), will cross country/back-country skis really make a huge difference? We normally take 30 kg packs (66 pounds), apparently we could either still carry these packs or we could put them on a sled. Can anyone shed any light on this?

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And if anyone can shed any light on where else to look, any good websites etc, would be greatly appreciated!
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I've been advised that a good ski for me to consider is the Madshus Eon. I was told it is wide enough for stability in fresh snow but narrow enough to glide efficiently when touring. Does anyone have any feedback on this?
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Byers - you are essentially asking for two different skis.  If you want a cross country/touring you will definitely be making a compromise when it comes to downhill/powder skiing.  That's if the cross country ski is even able to do this.  The skis will allow you to trek through snow though I won't say it'll be easy.  Much easier than post holing and faster than snow shoes.

What I would suggest is looking into AT setups (alpine touring).  While this will be more expensive than a cross country setup, it is much more likely to fit what you are suggesting above.  You can also splitboard if skiing isn't necessarily what you wanted to do.

Depending on the terrain you are trying to access, skis may not be able to navigate it all, so be prepared to hike in to more technical areas.
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look at black diamond ski's they make a good amount of touring specific ski's, also the rossi sin or soul 7's may work out well for you. 
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