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Do folding (or telescoping) cross-country skis exist and if so are they useable?

Update: Or are there small cross-country skis that are short enough for easy transport, yet still capable of providing support for uphill movement?

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Cool, do you know which edition of popular mechanics it was in (month, year)? – newenglander Nov 4 '12 at 23:33
Most skis are foldable - once. – Olin Lathrop Feb 13 '13 at 15:21
@OlinLathrop: If you're going to put it that way, why most and not all? – newenglander Feb 13 '13 at 15:26

This question had two answers that unfortunately didn't survive the migration. I'll post what I've found, as well as one of the links from @Refineo's answer (the other link was a patent description). Here's a folding ski used to climb mountains, so not cross-country compatible:

In addition to @Refineo's links, I was also able to find some other websites, but nothing really conclusive, or useful.

Similar to the MTNapproach skis:

Russian Patent holder of folding x-country skis:

Backcountry style, but no longer available for sale:

Home-made folding skis:

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FYI, that Mountain Approach ski has skins permanently attached to the bottom, so they have no downhill glide whatsoever. It's more of a sliding snowshoe than a ski. – furtive Feb 13 '13 at 19:12
Exactly the same comment I made to the original answer. How annoying that the migration wasn't complete – newenglander Feb 13 '13 at 22:57

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