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ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby Yikes » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:08 pm

I've given up skiing long ago due to foot issues (the hard shell boots cause severe foot pain), but am thinking that skis would be good for approaches like Huron in winter. Are there any ski/binding setups that would work with winter mountaineering boots? I'm assuming it wouldn't be as good as using real AT boots, but might be an option for me to investigate. Skiing would be limited to covering distance on 4wd roads/etc and nothing like skiing down from the summits.

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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby BaronVonBergschrund » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:14 pm

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Any downhill sections are going to be difficult unless you have very stiff boots with very good ankle support. It is like skiing downhill with cross country skis.
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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby George James » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:17 pm

You'll likely get a bunch of new answers but here are some old topics that should help out too.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=22415

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16415

Hope that helps.
- A mountain is not a checkbox to be ticked
- Alpinism and mountaineering are not restricted to 14,000 foot mountains
- Judgment and experience are the two most important pieces of gear you own
- Being honest to yourself and others about your abilities is a characteristic of experienced climbers
- Courage cannot be bought at REI or carried with you in your rucksack
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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby George James » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:34 pm

Yikes wrote:I've given up skiing long ago due to foot issues (the hard shell boots cause severe foot pain)

Giving up skiing sounds awful. If it was long ago, maybe consider giving it another try? Seems like theres been lots of improvements in touring boot design in recent years.

I dunno much about foot problems or how bad yours are, but after experiencing what a well practiced boot fitter can do with a ski boot, I wouldn't be surpised if you could find a solution. I had my boots sized down three notches and they are still pretty darn comfortable. They're freakin magicians with those things.
- A mountain is not a checkbox to be ticked
- Alpinism and mountaineering are not restricted to 14,000 foot mountains
- Judgment and experience are the two most important pieces of gear you own
- Being honest to yourself and others about your abilities is a characteristic of experienced climbers
- Courage cannot be bought at REI or carried with you in your rucksack
~ The Baron Von Bergschrund

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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby RoanMtnMan » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:48 pm

AT boots have come a long way. Mine are more comfortable than my mountaineering boots due to the custom heat molded liners. Give it another chance. Skiing in mounteering boots is sketchy.
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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby Bean » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:44 pm

Intuition liners are magical things. I've walked miles in my AT boots without any discomfort.

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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby Rinehart18 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:49 am

George James wrote:
Yikes wrote:I've given up skiing long ago due to foot issues (the hard shell boots cause severe foot pain)

Giving up skiing sounds awful. If it was long ago, maybe consider giving it another try? Seems like theres been lots of improvements in touring boot design in recent years.

I dunno much about foot problems or how bad yours are, but after experiencing what a well practiced boot fitter can do with a ski boot, I wouldn't be surpised if you could find a solution. I had my boots sized down three notches and they are still pretty darn comfortable. They're freakin magicians with those things.



Any recommendations for a good boot fitter?

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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby George James » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:26 am

- A mountain is not a checkbox to be ticked
- Alpinism and mountaineering are not restricted to 14,000 foot mountains
- Judgment and experience are the two most important pieces of gear you own
- Being honest to yourself and others about your abilities is a characteristic of experienced climbers
- Courage cannot be bought at REI or carried with you in your rucksack
~ The Baron Von Bergschrund

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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby Rinehart18 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:28 am

What should I expect to pay for this service?

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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby Hacksaw » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:43 am

Rinehart18 wrote:What should I expect to pay for this service?


Doesn't matter. Skiing is priceless.... 8) :D
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Re: ski in mountaineering boots?

Postby Rinehart18 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:05 am

Hacksaw wrote:
Rinehart18 wrote:What should I expect to pay for this service?


Doesn't matter. Skiing is priceless.... 8) :D


Haha...agreed. BUT...the resorts and gear makers have managed to put a number on it.

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