I want to be able to commute part way to school via skiing, but can't carry around full length ski's all day. Has anyone heard of or used a good pair of compact cross country skis?
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The only retail folding skis are from Mountain Approach, and they are touring skis with skins permanently attached, so are more of a snowshoe than a ski, and only really for going uphill in the back country (you fold them up when you summit and then snowboard down).
As for short cross-country skis, there was a fad in the mid-late 90s when 145cm skis became popular for a bit, but I haven't seen anything like that in ages.