Its widely known that we love out Backcountry Skiing at Aussieskier. Many of our fondest skiing memories are out of bounds, the snow is better, the company is great and there are fewer jerries. Having the right Alpine touring skis will allow you to get uphill with less effort and manoeuvre the many conditions you may face in the ever-changing backcountry.
A good Alpine Touring ski has a couple of notable characteristics. Tip rocker, traditional camber and mild tail rocker is the perfect profile for touring in Australia. With larger rocker zones for touring overseas. ~100mm is a great waist width for touring in Australia, whereas 105-110mm may be preferred if you are chasing powder. Alpine Touring Skis should have a relatively lightweight core, and in most cases forgo the Titanal sheets that provide piste performance in All-Mountain Skis.
The Black Crows Freebird Range is a worldwide favourite when it comes to Alpine Touring Skis. The Camox Freebird and Navis Freebird are borderline perfect for touring in Australia. While the Corvus Freebird and Anima Freebirdare more suitable options for chasing powder.
K2 Skis make a ton of great Alpine Touring skis. Waybacks are the largest selling range of Alpine Touring skis worldwide and have seen a large overhaul in the past couple years. These are now Uber light, best for your long distance, multi-day backcountry missions. The K2 Pinnacle 95 has been a favourite of ours for a number of years as a do-it-all resort/backcountry ski.
Feel free to give us a buzz if you want to have a chat about your next Alpine Touring Skis. We have a ton of experience and can offer expert advice on what skis to choose, which bindings to pair up, and what else you may need in the Backcountry.