/ Summer Alpine Skis
Would there be any benefits for summer use in Chamonix etc? Specifically around the Midi and possibly around to the Brenva area.
So far my head is working thus.
Skiing is faster
Skiing is less effort
Extra 3 kilos on bag on route/steep descents/rocky areas
Most tracks will be relatively well trodden so no real trail breaking
Approaches are rather short anyway.
Any input would be well received.
Unless you are a very good skier, you will likely find skiing in climbing boots too exciting. Falling over without release bindings is not to be recommended.
They are actually ok to ski with on and off piste in spring snow though you'd definitely want ski mountaineering or stiffer plastic boots for anything harder than a blue run. Being only a about a metre in length the lack of release bindings were never much of an issue. Having said that they're pretty rubbish for skinning with and more like a clumsy slidy snowshoes.
In reply to dutybooty:
I personally wouldn't bother with them for summer in the Alps...
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