/ Summer Alpine Skis

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dutybooty - on 06 May 2013
So, I've recently been looking at short skis. Specifically these:

http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Winter-Climbing-Equipment/Snow-Equipment/Snow-Shoes/SnowVentur...

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.
Benefits:
Skiing is faster
Skiing is less effort

Disadvantages:
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.

Thanks

Ash
dutybooty - on 06 May 2013
In reply to dutybooty: This is definately not a bump
GridNorth - on 06 May 2013
In reply to dutybooty: In most cases I would say the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages in summer when the trails to the climbing areas are well trodden. I wouldn't bother.
Mark Bull - on 06 May 2013
In reply to dutybooty:

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.
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Ron Walker - on 06 May 2013
In reply to Mark Bull:
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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