Back country skis advice

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Back country skis advice

Post by hamlet_cat » Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:10 am

I am looking to get into back country skiing for the purpose of hunting in the winter. But I don't really know anything about the equipment. Where I live, they don't sell XC skis for this purpose. All I have been told is that the skis are fatter and have metal edges. Any advice to point me in the right direction would be helpful. Even an online link would be useful so that I can do some research.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Back country skis advice

Post by Raubie » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:30 pm

Will you be following snowmobile tracks in, or breaking trail all the way? Pulling a sled/pulk? Anticipate hilly terrain? Overnighting?

Ors is a great place to start, and have a number of backcountry-specific videos. Check out" onclick=";return false;.

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Re: Back country skis advice

Post by greif » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:45 am

If you don't really want to ski, a sliding snowshoe might be what you want:" onclick=";return false; ... gear/15217" onclick=";return false; ... st_emailed" onclick=";return false;" onclick=";return false;

I tried these at Osceolla (Tug Hill NY)- found them very heavy and hard to handle with NNN XC boots (toe connection only)" onclick=";return false;

If you'd like to read reviews of all sliding snowshoes, go to" onclick=";return false; and search "meta skis."

I tried these Karhu "Sweepers" several years ago. The mohair bottom makes for excellent grip and can climb quite steep hills. Glide was terrible even with fairly steep downhills. If you are not a skier- this may be what you want!: ... shoes-quot" onclick=";return false;

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Re: Back country skis advice

Post by fishskicanoe » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:13 pm

When I first saw these they struck me as perfect hunting skis. Made in the US, too. They've been on sale occasionally at" onclick=";return false;

My dad was an avid ski hunter when he was younger. He used 8' hickory skis with leather strap bindings (which I broke when I was about 12). Don't think you'll find many of those anymore.
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