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Old 09-29-2015, 12:07 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Stillwater, NY
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Question Recommendation: New all-around skis

I need new skis for the coming season and I'm hoping to get them sooner rather than later. But I need some help so while I'm waiting for a lot of the ski shops to open for the season, I thought I would ask here.

I've been an alpine skier since I was 10. I have a lot of experience, I'm capable and a strong siker. I tend to be a little conservative - I prefer smooth turns to screaming down double blacks - but I do get those in here and there and I can certainly handle them.

That being said, I also ice climb, mountaineer, etc. and want to get into AT/backcountry to compliment that. I see myself skinning to ice climbs and cruising back out, hiking and skiing slides, etc. East coast stuff, I don't foresee myself taking them out wet to do anything crazy. (Also, I tried on and ordered a pair of La Sportiva Spectres and am in love.)

I know "all mountain" can mean one of a billion different things but I can't afford two setups (college, ya know). I'm looking for something that can handle the resorts as well as tour and take on some eastern backcountry - maybe 50/50.

I've been looking at online recs, but sites like Outside and GearJunkie are mostly western-mountain based. A few notes: Voile V6, K2 Wayback, Blizzard Cochise. What am I missing?

Bindings are another one I don't know enough about so any thoughts on that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a ton!
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