What is the difference between touring and backcountry skis?

Backcountry skiing (more commonly used in the US) and ski touring (Europe) refer to “skiing in remote areas, not within ski area boundaries”, according to Wikipedia. Ski touring generally involves the use of skins, which are placed underneath skis to help on the uphill.

Do touring skis have metal edges?

Nordic Touring Skis Some skis have metal edges for steeper and deeper terrain; if you want to be able to ski groomed tracks, too, look for one without metal edges.

Can I use backcountry skis on groomed trails?

Touring skis can be used on groomed or ungroomed trails. They are also known as “backcountry” skis because of how rugged they can be. Generally, these skis are longer, light in weight, and a little bit thicker in width to provide more stability to skiers who decide to take on ungroomed trails.

Can backcountry skis be used for cross-country skiing?

You can choose between two major backcountry binding systems for cross country skiing. The Rottefella Super Telemark is a classic 3-pin toe binding for telemark and backcountry use.

Is touring the same as backcountry?

Ski touring is skiing in the backcountry on unmarked or unpatrolled areas. Touring is typically done off-piste and outside of ski resorts, and may extend over a period of more than one day. It is similar to backcountry skiing but excludes the use of a ski lift or transport.

Can you use backcountry skis for downhill skiing?

Many telemark skiers use backcountry skis. You can use this gear and technique at a downhill ski resort or in the backcountry. If you choose to head into the backcountry, you need some additional equipment, such as climbing skins and avalanche safety equipment, as well as proper avalanche training.

Can you use metal-edge skis on groomed trails?

What are Metal-edge Skis? The metal-edge skis deliver you a better glide from one point to the other. Although they can be used on both groomed and ungroomed trails, they are ideal for ungroomed snowy terrains.

How hard is backcountry skiing?

You don’t need to be an elite athlete to go backcountry skiing or snowboarding, but climbing uphill in fresh snow and skiing or riding back down can be challenging, so it’s important to assess your fitness level. If you’re reasonably fit, you can most likely enjoy a moderate backcountry tour.

Can you use backcountry skis for downhill?

Absolutely! In the last few years a lot has happened and our touring skis work very well on the slopes. Although you should adjust your speed in icy conditions, our touring skis basically react similar to alpine skis. This means that you don’t have to adapt off-piste and you can simply keep your usual riding technique.

Can I use backcountry skis for downhill?

Can you make any ski a backcountry ski?

Any downhill ski can theoretically be set up for use in the backcountry, but alpine touring skis designed specifically for backcountry use usually feature lighter weight designs that make hiking uphill drastically easier.