What are the features of a ski trip

Tourist skiing: features of choice

In the previous article, the guide and ski instructor Vladimir Khrabovchenko told how to dress properly in layers for a ski tour and backcountry. In this article, together with Vladimir, we sort out the list of equipment for the ski tour, find out what the current guide uses in his work and what to look for when choosing equipment.

The article is based on the most extended list of equipment required for a group with a guide or an independent group on a ski tour. We asked Vladimir to comment on each position, taking into account his practical experience. It is convenient to rely on this list when collecting equipment, but it is not necessary to include all of its items in every trip - the list varies depending on the area, season, level of training of the group and the duration of the trip.

Ski tour I mainly go to the Lagonaki highlands (November-December, March-April, June), Krasnaya Polyana (January-March), Arkhyz (January-June) and Elbrus region (April -July). I try to ski behind the snow line and hunt for the best snow for the group members. The specifics of off-season skiing are glaciers, the danger of falling into cracks and the risk of stumbling into an icefall. Still, the emphasis in the ski tour is not on walking, but on the quality of skiing, I try to find the best snow and show the cadets the uniqueness of the chosen area. All this affects the specifics of the set of equipment that I use in my work.

Ski Tours

For a ski tour with an emphasis on good skiing, it is optimal to choose freeride skis with the following characteristics:

  • waist: 90-105 mm
  • size: up to +5 cm to own height
  • radius: slightly more than 20 m
  • nose rocker and camber underfoot

These midfut characteristics give confidence when riding on any terrain and snow, as well as in cases where the legs are hammered or tired after climbing the hill. For me, the stable and predictable behavior of skis on the frozen "pig" (frozen broken virgin soil) and in the crust, which is typical for a spring ski tour, is especially important. In the virgin lands, all modern skis are good thanks to the wide waist and rocker. In addition, when traversing on hard snow, very wide skis greatly twist the knees, which is especially painful for skiers who have suffered injuries.

Ski & Cat Bindings

It is better to choose pin mounts: Dynafit Radical, Dynafit Beast, Fritchi Vipec, Marker Kingpin. Ski-tour crampons must be compatible with the bindings and fit the width of the skis: trying to straighten the teeth to fit wider skis can break the teeth.

My choice is Movement Buzz skis with Dynafit Radical bindings.

Ski tour boots

Active tourism in Krasnoyarsk

Winter hiking is a very interesting and somewhat addictive activity. However, when the preparation for this begins, the beginner has a number of questions, of which the most frequent one is: “Where should I go?”. And here (if we are not talking about the European winter, where -5 and the presence of a snowball slightly covering the asphalt is a weighty reason to close schools and airports), the option of walking is not considered, as it were. For the average person or tourist, snowshoes will still be in the background than skis. And this can be explained simply: the massiveness of skiing cannot be compared with snowshoes, and the overwhelming majority has a Soviet school of tourism, where winter + snow + hiking = skiing. And other options for solving this equation are not considered. And snowshoes have gained mass popularity only recently, when technology made it possible to make their production available to the majority. Therefore, we will first look at skiing.

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Hiking or cross-country?

The second question asked by a beginner is: "Can I go on a cross-country skiing trip?" And here you can understand him. The price list for tourist skis, even from the Mayak factory, starts from 2-3 tons. And this is without taking into account the special mounts, while in any sports chain store a set of runners with crepes and sticks will cost 1.5 tons! For the most part, ordinary skis are already available to people, or they can be borrowed from friends/acquaintances/relatives. Answering such questions, I always say the following restriction: “Yes, you can go hiking on cross-country skiing, but you need to have spare warm shoes, the trip should not be difficult (an easy 2-5 day hike in the Leningrad region, Moscow region, etc.). ), the group must have tourist skis for the trail, in all other cases, special skis are needed! ". From personal experience: we went to the PVD along the Karelian Isthmus. I had tourist skis, and my friend had the usual Fischer skis. He walked the route quite normally, but he walked all the time with the second number, so that the skis did not fall too much, because it is thankless to trail on running gear under a backpack ...

Experimental approach

One of the winters, we decided to check which number on a ski trip you can already go like on a highway. We went to the nearest forest park and went to trail the virgin lands. All this was done on cross-country skiing.

First pass: The track is loose, uneven, half filled.

Second pass: There is already a clear outline, but the skis still go deeper into the snow.

Third pass: Almost flat and good ski track, you can already ski in some places instead of walking.

Fourth pass: The perfect track. You can run along it with classics.

Conclusions: The fifth number and those following it will roll without problems. In general, the fourth issue will also pass fairly well.

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Hello friends and readers of my blog! The nature of Russia in winter has its own charm: ringing silence, endless snow fields, blurring of the outlines of the forest. If you love to overcome difficulties, are not afraid of trials, then all the features of a ski trip will definitely appeal to you.

Difficulties of the ski trip

Skiing is a special category of outdoor activities. For such a hike, a tourist must be physically prepared, since in winter he has to walk along unfamiliar rough terrain, often on fresh snow without a ski track, while he also has a backpack behind him.

If you have never skied or go in for downhill skiing (skiing on prepared trails), it is worth starting with one-day hikes.

The main difficulties of the ski routes:

  • rapidly changing terrain (slopes, forests, ravines, rocky areas where you have to walk over stones);
  • on the plains after a snowfall, you need to lay a path, i.e. ... ski track on loose fresh snow. If its height is small, then the group simply moves as usual. But, if the snowdrifts are deep, then several people from the group go ahead and make a path, while the rest, say, have breakfast, after 3 hours the main group begins to move. By this time, the top layer of the track is already seized by a crust and becomes strong enough for skiers to easily roll on it. A group of pioneers is preparing a halt. When the rest of the participants join them, everyone rests, and then the next few people start off again to make the trail.

Orienteering issues are both easier and more difficult in ski trips. Easier, because you can go ahead to the goal, without bending around reservoirs. It is more difficult - in order to still come to the right point, you should more often get a map and a compass to check the direction of movement.

About equipment

Hiking in winter has obvious risks (frostbite, falling under the ice, avalanche), therefore, approach the choice of equipment with special responsibility. So, what to take on a ski trip.

For such trips, there are special skis 7.5-9 cm wide (Russian: "Forest", "Beskyd", "Tourist"). It is this width that allows you to easily pass even difficult terrain, to make a path. Downhill skiing or regular cross-country skiing can be used on short-term routes with ready-made tracks. If such skis are plastic, then you will have to take with you another arsenal of lubricants for different weather.

In addition to the width, pay attention to the length of the skis. They should not be too long, since they will cling to each other with their socks, and this is also structurally not true. There are special anti-skid notches under the feet to help push off the foot. A long ski "smears" the weight of the skier, so the notches stop touching the surface. Perhaps the problem will be solved by a heavy backpack, which will "put" the notches in place, otherwise the trip will turn into a test not of endurance, but of your nerves.

Before deciding on bindings, you should choose your shoes. Boot covers are usually worn on boots during a hike. Consider this when choosing mounts.

Reliability, maneuverability, lack of recoil and underslip (snow sticking to the "sole" of the skis), as well as the correct selection of skis for a particular person are much more important.

How to find hiking skis for hiking?

Tourist skis are personal sports equipment, they are selected individually, and the comfort of the entire trip depends on how well this is done, both for their owner and for the whole group. It is generally accepted that skis should be long in the height of a person with an arm raised up, and the sticks should reach the armpits.

But I have a different opinion. I choose skis according to the formula - height plus 10 - 15 cm. And then it becomes more convenient to control them on descents and ascents, as well as in thickets. Sticks should be shoulder-length, i.e. they partially go under the snow, because, unlike skiing, the hike most often takes place off the beaten track. These selection rules apply to all models and types of skis, both plastic and wooden.

Useful articles:

Traditional wooden skis

Beskyd skis. In Soviet times, "Beskyd" - tourist skis, it was almost impossible to buy in a store. I bought them from my hands, already in a "similar" state, and appreciated them on the very first trip. Well tarred and rubbed with silver ointment, they roll no worse than cross-country ones both in the forest and in the mountains.

Their advantages are reliability and excellent handling on the track and downhill due to the steel edging. I went through all the Khibiny mountains, I can say that I don’t know better skiing for tourism yet. They are also pleased with their "average" width of 75 mm - they are not as wide as the "Forest" and not as narrow as cross-country ones. Of the shortcomings, perhaps, it can only be noted that during a thaw it can be sticky, like all wooden ones.

Some time ago, in the St. Petersburg sports shops, you could leave a request for the "Beskyd" -model, produced by the Kirov "Mayak". The same indicators were designated as those of the old "Beskyd". But it is rumored that the production of these touring skis is currently on hold. I hope that I will still be able to arrange a test drive for them in the foreseeable future and share my impressions.

update from 03. 2. 013 Still, Mayak launched the production of Beskyd skis. True, they are sold only by the manufacturer itself on order and on a prepaid basis. The application can be left in the group of the ski factory "VKontakte". The cost is 4500 rubles. + shipping cost by a transport company (for example, delivery to St. Petersburg costs 500 rubles)

Friends, a few days are left before the beginning of the calendar winter. This means that the time for winter outdoor is approaching. And often this is due to the use of skis ?.

I, for example, have always used a rather classic set for walking in the forest on skis: wooden skis + semi-rigid spring mounts + any boots. Something like this:

On such a set - "Mayak" skis + "Azimut" bindings, it has been withdrawn for about 9 years. By this time, the skis were rather "tired", even if they could still work, but I began to think about changing a little. Moreover, the whole set.

And then I was faced with the great agony of choice!

The current state of the outdoor ski equipment market tells us that there are now two major trends: with the heel of the boot to the ski and without the possibility of anchoring the heel.

And now a little more about each.

Outdoor ski equipment without the possibility of fixing the heel of the boot

In this category, everything is more or less clear:

  • soft or semi-rigid mounts, dominated by the good old aforementioned kit with several varieties of cable mounts

Such mounts have advantages: they are cheap and maintainable, i.e. have a very simple design, you can use any boot with them. But there is also a drawback: they are practically useless for descending from the mountain, you can say that there is no control over the ski.

  • mounts on articulated platform. A striking representative of such mounts is Hagan X-Trace

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