I was born on ski's and switched to snowboarding and now on the return to skiing. However I intend to do both downhill and skijoring in the next season (skiing with my dogs)

I am having trouble deciding on which ski and binding set would be best suited.


  • ungroomed trails
  • flat/ hilly terrain
  • downhill
  • distance

So my questions are: 1. knowing the above factors, is there a ski setup that could handle both downhill and backcountry at speed? 2. knowing downhill will probably need a separate setup what type of ski could handle like a backcountry ski but with a skating motion in a cross country binding/boot setup?

  • I would honestly forget trying to combine skate-skiing with skijoring, unless you have groomed trails (or wide packed-by-snowmobiles tracks). I do quite well with backcountry skis (Madshus 'Glittertind'), NNN bindings, and fairly stiff boots on anything but crusty stuff. – jamesqf Mar 4 '17 at 19:31

You and I would probably get a long very well. I ski downhill exclusively in the back country, and whenever I put my XC skis on I'm typically also wearing my skijor harness and getting pulled around by my dog. I have gone skjoring in deeper snow with m AT skis, but can't cover any great distances at speed or without exerting excessive amounts of energy, and light touring skis are just awful trying to descend slopes in any amount of pow.

I've put a lot of thought into a system that would work for both sports, and I've decided my next setup is going to be for off-track touring.

Off-track Touring Setup:

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Examples of light backcountry touring systems include 75mm 3-pin Tele (light Telemark), NNN BC (New Nordic Norm Backcountry) and SNS XA (Solomon Nordic Norm X-Adventure). This is about as in-between Alpine Touring and skate-skiing as you can get I think, and will give you the best all-round experience for off-trail exploring with your dog(s). It's either this, or you pick and choose what skis you're going to want for what you're going to be doing most of for the day, and then just struggle on the other parts.

  • That was pretty much my thought process. I will go digging into this setup and see if it works :) – kait Mar 5 '17 at 19:59

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