How to choose backcountry skis


Winter sports, Trekking, How to choose -guides, Backcountry skiing by Varuste.net / Toimisto-Jorma, 19.11.2020

Terrain is the most importat thing you need to take into account when you buy backcountry skis.


Skis for forest

In the forest and on flat terrain, the skis need to carry the skier over snow. This is why forest skis are normally long and wide. There are different types of bases: traction pattern, wax, grip coating and skin. Skis with traction pattern have a very good traction and they are easy to maintain. The wax base has the best slide when the waxing has been done well. We can warmly recommend the best and most functional forest skis in our selection, Metsä-series from Peltonen.

Peltonen Metsä Step BC
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Peltonen Metsä Skin
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Forest skis are used with (winter) boots and suitable bindings. A few examples of good forest ski bindings:
OAC EA Binding
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Skis for mountain

In the mountains, especially in spring, it is good to use skis with steel edges since the wind and the spring sun make the snow quite hard. The metal edges create traction when skiing on a sloping surface. Mountain/touring skis are normally shorter and narrower than forest skis since in the mountains, you don't need so much flotation. There are touring skis with traction patterned base and with wax base. Some models, such as Fischer EasySkin ExtraLight, also have removable skins.

Madshus Glittertind MGV+
Madshus Glittertind MGV+
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Madshus Voss MGV+
Madshus Voss MGV+
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Madshus Glittertind Wax
Madshus Glittertind Wax
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In mountain skis you usually have BC bindings, which are more solid than normal ski bindings, and ski boots that are compatible with the bindings. You can also use light telemark bindings and combatible boots.

Alpina Alaska NNN-BC
Alpina Alaska NNN-BC
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Alfa Guard Advance GTX Mens
Alfa Guard Advance GTX Mens
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Alfa Kikut Perform GTX Unisex
Alfa Kikut Perform GTX Unisex
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Alfa Outback A/P/S 2.0 GTX Mens
Alfa Outback A/P/S 2.0 GTX Mens
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Rottefella NNN-BC Magnum
Rottefella NNN-BC Magnum
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Rottefella NNN-BC Manual
Rottefella NNN-BC Manual
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Sliding snowshoes

What are they? Sliding snowshoes combine backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. The skis are wider and shorter than normal mountain skis. There are fixed skins in the middle of the base. The steel edges make downhill skiing remarkably easier.

OAC Kar 147 UC + EA Binding
   OAC Kar 147 UC + EA Binding
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OAC Kar 147 + EA Binding
OAC Kar 147 + EA Binding
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OAC Wap 127 UC + EA Binding
OAC Wap 127 UC + EA Binding
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OAC XCD GT UC 160 + EA-Binding
OAC XCD GT UC 160 + EA-Binding
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Poles

For hard snow, the length of the pole is calculated by multiplying the length of the skier with 0.83. A skier of 180 cm should use a pole of about 150 cm. Softer snow requires longer poles and bigger baskets.

Peltonen Metsä Poles
Peltonen Metsä Poles
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Black Diamond Traverse Pole
Black Diamond Traverse Pole
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Skins

Touring skis often need extra traction for upphill climbs. The most handy solution is having separate skins. When skiing with a pulka, the skins are useful even on flat ground.

Fischer Easy Skin, Mohair Mix
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Sledges/pulkas

Pulka is the trustworthy friend of the backcountry skier. Why carry things on your back when you can pull a light pulka?

Fjellpulken X-Country 144cm
Fjellpulken X-Country 144cm
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