Tele vs AT- newbie question

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by frontfive, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. frontfive

    frontfive Lost Boys Skier

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    I have a few questions about tele vs. AT that I hope someone can answer. I had a taste of teleskiing this week on groomers. Yes I only tried one day but did not feel any love for the technique. Not natural to me to have my downhill ski forward & uphill ski back. I felt comfortable with alpine style turns on tele gear but not tele style turns.... am I even describing this correctly? How does one ski on AT gear?
     
  2. Mike Thomas

    Mike Thomas Whiteroom Pugski Sponsor

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    You make alpine turns on Alpine Touring gear. The heel locks down for skiing,
     
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  3. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    AT or Alpine Touring gear allows you to free the heal for skinning up and then lock it down for the downhill. You ski just like you do with alpine gear.
     
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    frontfive

    frontfive Lost Boys Skier

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    Thank you for your replies!
     
  5. Joel

    Joel Having fun Skier

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    I went through the same exercise. I initially bought some Tele gear as it was an inexpensive to try. Once I decided I like the BC aspect of skiing, I tried an AT setup. I have since sold off my Tele gear. What kept me away from the AT setups in the beginning was that I was told you could not ski with the heel unlocked ( I was looking at frame bindings at the time ) as the toe would break. The AT bindings I went with are pin tech bindings. For my beginner->novice skills ( no big down hill yet ), I find my pin toes have plenty of drive and strength for what I'm doing without having to lock the heel down ( don't have to lock the heels down for every downhill slope ). When I do come across something I want to be more connected to the ski with, locking the heel is simple. I can switch modes standing up and on the skis, not all AT gear does this. What I have been happy with are the Daimir Vipecs and Tectons.
     
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