/ can I kit out these skis cheaply?

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dunnyg - on 30 Jan 2013
Found a pair of rallye trak skiis, the binding is "nordic norm" and it has 3 spike type things on them. I have never been skiing, but heading to banff/canmore ice climbing, so thought it would be rude not to have a go. Will these be ok to learn to downhill ski on, and maybe do some trails?

HeMa on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:
> Found a pair of rallye trak skiis, the binding is "nordic norm" and it has 3 spike type things on them. I have never been skiing, but heading to banff/canmore ice climbing, so thought it would be rude not to have a go. Will these be ok to learn to downhill ski on,

Yes, post video ...

> and maybe do some trails?

Better.
Orgsm on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

See room 101
dunnyg - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to A Game of Chance: Thanks HeMa :)
George Ormerod - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:
> Heading to banff/canmore ice climbing, so thought it would be rude not to have a go. Will these be ok to learn to downhill ski on, and maybe do some trails?

There are loads of nordic back country tours in the area - get Chic Scots Nordic trails book.

Anything significantly downhill is a bit of an ordeal on this type of kit. Believe me, I've tried. A lot.

Denni on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

If you're heading to Canmore, go to the nordic centre where they train the biathletes. Excellent facilities and bucketload of tracks:

http://www.canmorenordic.com/main.php?p=2

We used to go there at night about 8pm for an hour, good phys!
dunnyg - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: cheers, had seen the center, looks like it might be fun.
Thanks for the help
In reply to dunnyg:

> Found a pair of rallye trak skiis,

Saw a pic of these on ebay, they look like XC track skis, light tourers at best.

> the binding is "nordic norm" and it has 3 spike type things on them.

Have you got boots to fit the binding?

> Will these be ok to learn to downhill ski on,

No.

> and maybe do some trails?

Maybe, if you have boots.

If you're for real and just don't know anything about skiing, you're basically asking whether a lightweight, drop handlebar racing bike is good to learn downhill mountain biking on.
paraffin on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

You may find it not worthwhile lugging a pair of "misery sticks" all the way to Canada.
When you get to Canada, seek out the nearest consignment store and kit yourself out with last year's kit left there by the trust fund babies.

Enjoy

Davie
Denni on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

Forgot to add, there is quite a large second hand shop in Canmore called switching gear;

http://switchinggearinc.org/

When I went for an extended trip, I bought most of my kit from there and sold it back to them before I left.

Also, the little cafe next door does great soup :)
benka - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to parafinn: "Misery Sticks" - love it!
tri-nitro-toulumne on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to dunnyg:

Learning to ski downhill is hard work even with proper kit. Trying to learn on a pair of lightweight (and skinny?) skis will just make it harder / impossible.

My first pair of skis were a battered pair of ex-rental downhill skis and cost me 50 euros. They were perfect and lasted me a few months after which I sold them for 30 euros. That would be a better bet for a first downhill ski.

People advised me to spend about 75% of my budget on boots and 25% on skis. Having done it I would also recommend that strategy. Your boots are far more important than your skis, especially when you're starting out.

FYI I have also owned a pair of misery sticks (SkiTrab Duo Sint Aero). Even though I was a decent skier by then I found them truly horrid and sold them after a few weeks.
tri-nitro-toulumne on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to tri-nitro-toulumne:

PS They look perfect for doing trails
HeMa on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to benka:
> (In reply to parafinn) "Misery Sticks" - love it!

Yah, the traditional alps rando-stix are often referred as such (waist mid 70s, and short). Really nice to go up, but generally not much fun on coming down... unless the snow is perfect or you happen to be a proper skiing superstar...
paraffin on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to HeMa:

Andy Newell has no problems
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO3ILFejlIg
;-O

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