My Winter Touring Setup

In this video, I describe my winter touring setup. It is a backcountry cross country setup. It works well for traversing rolling backcountry terrain, powder, and gentle downhills.

My skis are Fischer S-Bound 98 Crown Skis, 178cm. The bindings are Voile 3-pin Cable Telemark bindings. The boots are Alpina BC 1575 Backcountry Boots.

With my setup above, and my husband and kids using Altai Skis, we were able to outfit the whole family for backcountry winter touring for about half the cost of one set of alpine touring gear. As well, this fits our style better for hut trips, as we are not bombing down the slopes above treeline.

Thanks for watching.

Opening/closing music: “Digee Dime” by Burlap to Cashmere

Comments

Explorer Mike says:

Nice! Your skis and bindings are a lot beefier than your boots. Your boots are maybe a little soft if you want to ever cut turns. Otherwise, it will be a nice set-up. The cables aren’t needed on the flats and they can abraid the boot so you might take them off until you start doing some more challenging vertical. You CAN certainly use those bindings and those skis for telemark skiing including some challenging vertical lift service skiing, but you would want a stiffer boot. Free your heel and free your mind!

Fatal Capsaicin says:

this set up seems to be what i’m looking for. cool video, but boy it really has been a struggle trying to figure out want I want for my cross country adventures..

hrishi chandanpurkar says:

Nice!
How does your husband’s Altai skis (Hoks?) compare to your skis on different terrains (flat, gentle, steep) and snow (soft/powdery vs hardpacked/ snowshoed on)? I have a similar setup as yours, and after a 10th Mtn Division Hut trip, thinking of getting Altai Hoks for steeper sections.

Regarding boots, you could look into Crisipi Antarctic/ Mountain, or Alpina Alaska, or Fischer BCX675.

Explorer Mike says:

I suggest you put a thin plate on your ski under your sole to prevent snow build up on your ski under your boot. Tape works pretty good.

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