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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

First off, I want to make clear that this applies to skiing and snowshoeing as a means of long-distance travel. It doesn't directly apply to skiing in specifically for the descents. Skis are better ...
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Skis versus snow shoes - when to choose which for travelling the backcountry?

Summary from a winter spend in Winnipeg long ago compared to Central European conditions: there are probably good reasons why native North American people went with snowshoes while native Europeans ...
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Skis or Snowshoes for Colorado

I am willing to take the time to learn what I need to, so I don't want to go with the "easier to use at first" option. If you really mean that, then you can't not try skiing. There are many ...
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Skis or Snowshoes for Colorado

If you have no experience with either, then I recommend getting some snowshoes first (I'm not recommending you don't eventually get into everything else as well). There are many different styles of ...
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Backcountry Skiing Bindings compatible with soft boots

I believe the answer to your specific question is no; the only boots I know of with tech fittings are hard boots made of plastic or carbon fiber. However, I think you may be underestimating those ...
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Can you "kick and glide" and climb without skins in Alpine Touring ski gear?

You can, but how well you glide will vary depending on your skins. Some styles glide better than others, and you will glide more with a shorter skin opposed to a full length skin. There's a 2km ...
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First Time Skiing - Only my feet were freezing

Try thinner socks. If you're too tight in the boots, you'll be cold. It seems counter intuitive but blood circulation is what keeps you warm, just like what @Fenophter wrote in the comments. An ...
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Backcountry Skiing Bindings compatible with soft boots

What you might want to look at getting are some randonee boots and some Dynafit bindings. They're designed more for racing up ski hills than they are coming down, but still do a good job on the quick ...
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Keeping water from freezing while cross country skiing

Both sugar and alcohol will, of course, lower the freezing point somewhat (but may add other issues, particularly the alcohol, and sugar really doesn't help much - see this question). The best bet ...
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Keeping water from freezing while cross country skiing

Use warmer water to begin with (even hot. possibly tea if you don't like drinking hot water) Use a thermos or an bottle insulation sleeve (typically made of neoprene, it will help a bottle stay warmer ...
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Adjustable cross-country-skiing poles vs trekking poles

First of all, trekking poles will change the way you hike forever. They are a luxury that saves your legs a lot of exertion, sparing you a lot of energy, allowing you to enjoy yourself that much more. ...
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Skis or Snowshoes for Colorado

Snowshoeing is ridiculously easy, will get you everywhere, and is quite cheap. Where I live you can rent them for the entire season for, IIRC, 60$. Cross-country skiiing (off trail, that is) require ...
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Can you "kick and glide" and climb without skins in Alpine Touring ski gear?

I haven't tried it myself, but I know of someone who sometimes waxes the entire base of his AT skis with grip wax instead of putting his skins on. It works perfectly fine for exactly the same ...
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First Time Skiing - Only my feet were freezing

It's most likely too much insulation on your feet, which can be best addressed by changing socks. People unused to cold and/or snow will often put on "warm socks" without realizing that they'll ...
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How can I prevent my sun glasses from fogging up when skiing?

Hockey players have the same problem and will use specialized products, but many find rubbing the lens (inside and out) with shampoo works just as well and is much less expensive.
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Waxing cross-country skis

ShemSeger has a pretty good answer for kick wax; I would just add that you probably don't need that many layers unless you are skiing 20k+, and that your kick zone should be fixed (go to your local ...
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Backcountry Skiing Bindings compatible with soft boots

I don't think you can find them anymore, but ~10 years ago Scarpa was selling a light and pretty soft plastic AT boot with toe bellows (like modern telemark boots). They were great for my Dad to ...
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Keeping water from freezing while cross country skiing

You can hardly avoid drinking water freezing in this temperatures when in a backpack. So this leaves you with basically two solutions: Keep it in an inside pocket, which is probably not very ...
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Keeping water from freezing while cross country skiing

With a hydration pouch, if body heat keeps the reservoir ice-free, the best option is to simply blow into the tube so water retreats into the reservoir after each sip. It sounds annoying but I had a ...
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Can I tie down ski/snow board to my roof rack like a canoe?

Yes, this should work. You may want to pad your roof rack so they don't scratch each other and make sure they are strapped tightly but other than that it should work fine. Just orientate them in line ...
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Neoprene as a base layer for winter activities?

Neoprene is not a good idea - unless circumstances dictate it necessary. It doesn't breathe well, it has a tendency to gnaw. It has a relatively high friction towards other textiles, so you'll have ...
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What type of glue is best to repair/resole cross country ski boots with plastic soles?

I have found that the best solution for my ski boots has been Gorilla Glue and Shoe Goo. Before applying you may want to score the area with a rubber file (like the ones found in bicycle repair kits), ...
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A winter month in New England - what to do, looking for thru-hikes or other suggestions

Thru-hiking/backpacking an established trail for multiple weeks, do-able in winter The longer hiking trails in ME, NH, and VT, apart from the AT, like the Long Trail and the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail ...
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Salomon Cross-Country Ski Pole Straps Too Short

The straps are supposed to be short, it helps give you more power on your pole stroke, and keep better control of you poles. When you properly fit your straps, you're supposed to adjust them short ...
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What to do about slippery plastic soles of cross country ski boots

I ended up buying two different pairs of removable sole coverings with a sandpaper-like material on them (appropriately called Sandy and Sandy Plus, made by a company called Springyard in Sweden): ...
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Rest position of pin binding over summer?

The user manual (page 41) says that When not used, set the binding as per the downhill mode in order to preserve the elasticity of the springs The manual is downloadable on the manufacturer site
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Store skins on skis between tour?

It probably depends on how you store them and for how long. However, given that removing the skins takes like a minute and putting them back on not much longer, I would remove them to avoid any risk. ...
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How do I repair the "Fishscale" side of a cross country ski?

I have heard that you can use Wax to at least "fill" the gouges. Won't be as good as new, but will be a bit better. Remember, Nordic folks did just fine with no fishscales for, what? 100+ years?
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How can I prevent my sun glasses from fogging up when skiing?

For my diver mask and mask for skiing I'm using following trick(should also work with glasses): Clean your mask\glasses as much as possible(inner part of lenses of course). For cleaning I'm using ...
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