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u/3OH3 · 2 pointsr/skiing

Here's a comment I posted a month or two ago about this topic. Basically everything you'd need to wax, sharpen edges, and perform small-medium ptex repairs (think small core shots and scratches on the base of the ski).

Here's a kit I would go with if I were buying a kit. I personally liked buying stuff individually that suited my needs but it's easier to just buy 1 thing:

The reason why I'd go with this kit over the ones you listed is because it comes with an edge sharpener guide + gummy stone. If you're sharpening edges you'd probably want to use a file&guide when starting out.

For waxing (normally use all temp wax unless you're an every week sort of waxer. Could expand out to cold specific wax if the weather calls for it):

Plastic Scrapper:


Iron: buy one at goodwill/a thrift. If you're too good for that then here:

You can also buy a nylon brush and base cleaner/a rag to clean your skis but hot waxing and then scrapping also works for cleaning.

When I'm done waxing my skis I usually go over the skis with a wine cork to make sure everything is even and smoooooth. Not something that you have to do though

For tuning:

Gummy Stone:

Edge sharpener (can choose a different one):

Video so you don't fuck up your edges too much:

You can also get a diamond stone/nail file from the store if you'd like.

Ptex for some base repairs:

Metal Scrapper for Ptex (could use a flat blade if you'd like but don't fuck up):

Lighter: Gas Station/already in your house. After Ptexing a couple of times I fee like a torch lighter would work best here

Video for small ptex repair:

If you have major core shots I would probably go to a local shop and have someone fix it who does that stuff for a living. Really research what you're actually doing before you do it for the first time. You don't want to make things worse. After you get the hang of it it becomes a lot easier and can save you money. Can also do it for your friends on the cheap

u/Maladjusted_vagabond · 2 pointsr/skiing

I appreciate that you want to get into it and you're asking how to start taking the first steps. But the backcountry community often reacts quite prickly to people who might seem a bit cavalier. Ultimately it's to persuade you to really start figuring out how much you don't know about whats involved, so you can start gaining the knowledge and skills that you need. Everybody has to start somewhere, but if your baseline is one defined by respect for the mountains and backcountry, and how much you can knowingly control out there, then you're going to be much more ready to learn what you need to stay safe and alive.

Buy Tremper's Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrian. Learn about the specifics of the equipment people use in the backcountry - What is a tech binding? What is an AT Frame binding? What is special about touring specific boots? Are yo going to need ski crampons? This is stuff you can figure out as you gain experience, but start building that base of knowledge so when you get the chance to apply it you're ready to gain from it.

u/amateur_acupuncture · 6 pointsr/skiing

This is how I learned to tele. If you want it, go for it. Your cheapest option is a cable binding, either G3, BD, or maybe some old rotte chili peppers. I'd buy any used tele ski under 100 underfoot to learn on. Anything in the 170-185 length will let you learn the turn (granted, once you learn to ski, you'll probably want to adhere to typical sizing conventions, and ski something in the 181 area).

Look on craigslist or at a ski swap. A good thing about tele bindings, is that they are compatible for most sized boots. Unless you have a tiny foot (under 25 mondo) any binding should work.

Most tele bindings have a 4-hole mounting pattern. Much different than an alpine mount. Any reputable shop should have a jig for the common tele bindings out there.

A lesson would be a great idea. A competent instructor can lay down the basics of the turn pretty quickly. I liked Mike and Allen's tele book for tips and tricks on learning the turn. It's an illustrated guide full of useful drills and the like.

Snowboarders generally segue well into tele skiing. Unlike skiers who are used to most of their weight on one foot, snowboarders, like tele skiers, are adept at equally weighting their feet.

In short: buy any used tele ski, as long as it has camber. The binding should fit your boot. Go out and learn. Once you get good, then figure out what kind of ski you like. Maybe check out the forums at telemarktips. Even if your boots are crappy, they will allow you to learn a little, and see it tele is a good fit for you. I enjoy it, and I hope you do as well.

u/green_mm · 5 pointsr/skiing

Well, for most people I know, telemark is more about the feel than any particular advantage or disadvantage compared to alpine skiing. I'd say one main advantage is I find it is easier to tour with, less messing around with finnicky tech bindings, really easy to fix if something fucks up, and transitions are really quick.

Probably the main disadvantage is typical 75mm tele bindings do not release easily. So, you are definitely at a higher risk of really messing up your legs if you get into a nasty fall because those skis are probably not coming off.

Its different for everyone, but it definitely has taken me a few seasons to get it down. But luckily, this book is really awesome and there are a lot of other self help resources. Not to mention, a lot of places in the west will do lessons.

Switch skiing is difficult. Otherwise it can mostly do everything else.

Like I said, for most people it is about the feel of the free heel and you either like it or you don't. Although I also find it is easier on my knees than alpine skiing.

Come join us at r/telemark!

u/arroz_con_yolo · 1 pointr/skiing

Much (belated) thanks for this informative response. It sounds like my best bet is to go with a whole new setup for touring, with lighter skis, touring bindings and new boots. I'm only dimly aware of the specialized Dynafit/tech setups... is this something I should be looking into now, since I'm getting a dedicated setup for touring anyway (and keeping my existing ones for resort skiing)? Or is there a good reason to stay away from these until I'm more experienced out back?

Is there any particular model or type of ski you would recommend, or even just a suggested waist width? Do I want a really wide powder ski, something more rounded in the 98mm area, or something else entirely? (Unrelated to touring per se, I had been considering getting something like a Katana or even Shiro for a while. Should I consider something like that for touring specifically?)

If you know any shops in the US you'd particularly recommend for touring skis and boots, please let me know! I'm keenly aware of the importance of a bootfitter in general, but not so sure where to find one that specializes in touring.

Also appreciate the safety tip. While I have yet to take even the basic avalanche course (looking to take the level 1 first thing next season and go from there), I've been reading enough to get some idea of just how much I have to learn about this (e.g., this). Given that, I intend to go out only with pro guides for the time being.

u/bluntzfang · 1 pointr/skiing

Please don't get so defensive. I'm trying to help you be safer. If this is how you accept advice related to your safety, I honestly hope you don't do much more backcountry riding.

I also suggest you read this book, it's a great reference:

u/huge_burgers · 3 pointsr/skiing

Max Pass is good if you live in Connecticut. Plenty of stuff on there good for day trips or weekends. This year Whiteface, Gore, Windham and Bellayre have been added, giving even more options. Then you can also do trips out west with it if you want.

There loads of backcountry, much of it focused on the White Mountains in NH. If you're into backcountry this book is a good place to start. Tucks is awesome.

u/[deleted] · 7 pointsr/skiing

It kind of matters where in the world you are. Some places are much easier to "dip your toes in" than others, i.e. stay safe.

My general recommendations include:

  • spend time in the backcountry in the summer, remove the skiing part and make sure you're good with navigation off-trail. Get comfortable not following a trail and making your own decisions. Practice with your map/compass/GPS/etc

  • Skin at a ski resort a few times (I go early in the morning before lifts open). Futz with your gear when it doesn't matter and get you kit somewhat dialed in before you head out into the backcountry.

  • Make sure you're cool with the fact that 90% of backcountry skiing is NOT making turns and going down. Seriously, turns are gravy, you need to be in it for the tour.

  • Here is a book I really like:
    here is another that I haven't read, but has been recommended:

  • Ask more specific questions here so we can help :)
u/marleythebeagle · 2 pointsr/skiing

The best anti-fog feature, in my opinion, is venting over the brow and Cat Crap (SFW, btw). Make sure the venting is covered in the thin foam, though, or all kids of muck will get down in there when you fall on your face.

Speaking of falling on your face, make sure the goggles have some good padding around the face. I've had a few black eyes from cheap padding. The padding also acts as good insulation and keeps your eyes from watering too much when you're really flying.

Have fun!

u/bpb04 · 2 pointsr/skiing

This is great advice I don't have much to add here other than some additional reading. Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: 50 Classic Ski Tours in New England and New York is also a great resource for information. There is an entire section devoted to Tucks that you should photocopy and stuff in your pack the first time you head up.

u/nwvtskiboy · 1 pointr/skiing

It will take more than an afternoon to figure it out. I started tele on a small hill in a field. It was a safe spot, not steep or big, no bumps or hazards under the snow. Took a few days and fell a bunch but its so much fun once it clicks. Sturdy boots/bindings help a lot. I started on basically beefy XC touring boots and was useless, upgrading to a full plastic boot made a huge difference, I could actually turn. Might actually be easier for you to learn the tele turn though since you won't have to overcome the urge to just parallel turn.

Allen and Mikes Telemark Tips was helpful

u/powfun · 2 pointsr/skiing

I know this isn't online, but Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain is regarded as one of the best books that really gets into the nitty gritty of avalanches, but remains understandable.

u/billbixbyakahulk · 1 pointr/skiing

I thought about those but found a number of stories of them detaching. I'm cheap and cheerful, but the thought of 1 - 2k worth of skis flying off the back of my car is too risky for me.

EDIT: Also, the amazon reviews say it doesn't handle modern mid-fats well.

u/doebedoe · 5 pointsr/skiing

If you're going on a week long vacation with family, unless you're hiring a guide or have a friend/family member who really wants to get into backcountry -- you'd be better off finding a mountain with tons of great terrain and snow. Snowbird, Alta, Telluride, Jackson (if you're flying from TX), or Taos would top the list.

If you have a partner or are willing to hire a guide ($$$) then the first step should be buying this book, reading it cover to cover, and deciding if backcountry skiing is right for you.

u/co1one1huntergathers · 1 pointr/skiing

I've got this helmet and love it. Look for a helmet with a magnetic buckle, so much easier to deal with when you have gloves on.

Giro Zone MIPS Snow Helmet -...

Here's a good place to start, not sure about your budget, these are all going to be $100+

u/_macon · 7 pointsr/skiing

Get some insulated leather gloves/mitts and coat them with SnoSeal.

Kinco makes good ones that are really cheap. Flylow makes a similar style that comes pre-coated. I have a pair of BlackDiamond spark gloves I got on sale.

Just know that whatever brand you get you'll eventually have to reseal them with SnoSeal cause it doesn't last forever.

EDIT: Here are some links:

Kinco -

Flylow -

Black Diamond -

SnoSeal -

u/notahprogrammer · 1 pointr/skiing

There's always the magnetic rack option, something similar to:

I haven't used that particular brand or model before, posting mostly to illustrate the concept. I occasionally use a mag mount when there's not enough room in the car.. No complaints so far, but definitely make sure the mount has sufficient clearance for your ski width.

u/Ban_All_Gifs · 1 pointr/skiing

If you source the pieces yourself you can get what you need. You usually don't need everything that comes in a kit. Buy the additional pieces as you need them.

Here's what I found without much effort:

$35 iron

$23 wax (huge brick)

$6 scraper

$14 nylon brush

$6 scotch brite sponges

That's $84 and is all you need to get started. You can certainly get kits for around the same price that include some edge tuning bits, but they also come with a very small amount of wax and surprisingly often they don't include any brushes, or just a wire brush.

u/gtani · 1 pointr/skiing

I'd recommend you take a Avy class, read back issues of Backcountry mag (detailed reviews of beacons, tele and AT gear), and:

(possibly too much info

The stuff everybody knows about: topos, skins, shovel, probe, beacon and practice time with beacon.

If you get caught out: 2 meter radio, LED headlamp, batteries, leatherman/knife, static rope/Perlon line, tarp, space blanket, water filter, power bars, stuff like that.

u/newandyoung · 3 pointsr/skiing

Got this one for my niece and she loves it.

u/ag11600 · 1 pointr/skiing

Alright, cool. I'd probably use sno-seal.

u/Babahloo · 2 pointsr/skiing

He is also the author of one of the best books on avalanche safety skills. A definite read for any backcountry enthusiast/snow science geek.

u/chuck_stat · 11 pointsr/skiing

Getcha pair o kincos , slather some sno-seal on em, and yer dun. Ur welcome.

u/Bootsmgee · 1 pointr/skiing

These! They don't have the knit elastic section that goes around your wrist, and definitely aren't made for cold days. I'll take two of the three pairs to the mountain on any given day, and swap if need be.

u/Clapbakatyerblakcat · 13 pointsr/skiing

Read Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

And take an Avalanche 1 (recreational) course next winter.

u/linuxlewis · 1 pointr/skiing

Just bought this kit off amazon and I'm going to be waxing my own skis for the first time in preparation for epic Tahoe pow this weekend. I've watched a bunch of YouTube videos. Any tips from r/skiing?

u/LandlockedPirate · 1 pointr/skiing

Kinko + Sno-seal.

If you want to spend slightly more then flylow.

u/pipocaQuemada · 6 pointsr/skiing

Learn about avalanches and how to minimize their risk. Read Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. Buy a beacon and probe. Learn how to use them. Practice. The main slope I go to has a small patch where there's a buried beacon for practice. You could see if yours has one, too.

Learn to recognize dangerous terrain and signs of instability. Take an avalanche course. Make friends with experienced back-country skiers in your area. See if you can get a few buddies to take you on a mellow single day tour.

u/DougFromBuf · 1 pointr/skiing

I'm just exploring the North East BC myself. try: this
Also, you may want to check out guided BC stuff or reach out to the community in the Chic Chocs.

u/xlaevis · 3 pointsr/skiing

These after applying some of this. Cheap, and it's what a lot of the on mountain staff use every day of the season.

u/dietfig · 1 pointr/skiing

A book titled "Downhill Slide" covers with these topics, although it's not Colorado-specific IIRC.

u/paradigm99 · 19 pointsr/skiing

Buy and read this book,

Look into taking an avy class too, don't just count on some guy showing you around.

u/ShowMeYour5Hole · -1 pointsr/skiing

Rub some cat crap on the inside of the lens.

All the downvotes coming from people who don’t know about the best anti fog there is.
Cat Crap

u/vincopotamus · 7 pointsr/skiing

Downward Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns, and the Environment by Hal Clifford discusses a lot of negative aspects skiing has on the environment.

In a lot of ways, skiing has little impact on the environment since the ground is basically protected by the snow all season. But to name just a few: a ski run is basically a clear cut, snowmaking uses tons of energy and water, and ski areas can displace sensitive wildlife out of their winter habitat.

u/thisguyfightsyourmom · 3 pointsr/skiing

Not what you asked for,… but I have terrible circulation & I’ve owned a lot of gloves over the years, and nothing compares to these Kincos. Maybe you wouldn’t need a heater with these babies?

u/ambivalentacademic · 9 pointsr/skiing

Clarification of terminology: "off piste" means off the groomed run, but it is often used to describe terrain inside resort boundaries. In the US, off piste runs within the resort have been checked and cleared of avalanche danger by ski patrol. "Backcountry" means terrain outside of resort boundaries which has not been cleared by ski patrol. It can slide and you can die.

Assuming that you mean "backcountry" and not simply "off piste," start by buying and reading this book: