|Shoe Size:||US 9.00|
|Skier Type:||Type III+ - Expert|
|Ski Frequency:||100+ days / year|
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I grew up skiing at a small local NY hill (where Max Taam also first skied!) and eventually was an NCAA alpine race coach for (too) many years, although my SL & GS skis now get almost no use, and I even sold my SG & DH skis.
Since 1999, I've become increasingly into self-propelled skiing, and for the last half decade I've been averaged over half a million vertical feet for earned turns each season.
Given the fickle NE natural snowpack for backcountry powder, I often train at local ski areas and organize a multiple-venue skimo race series.
But my favorite time of year is when the wx and avy danger clears up for long 10k+ multiple-ravine tours in our Presidentials range, plus of course late spring and summer PNW volcano trips.
The best ski tours though are out our back door for xc w/ my wife & our daughter!
Too much gear perhaps?
In (relatively) quick summary though, an evolving mix of all the kinds of gear that Skimo.co carries, with an emphasis on bindings with low heel>toe delta for more aggressive fore-aft balance, and almost exclusively race boots (previously Scarpa Alien 1.0 and Dynafit EVO, but now mainly RC1).
Ski line-up for 2016-17 (all with Plum and Dynafit race bindings, including some "mixed" setups):
La Sportiva Nano 172cm (deep unconsolidated snow)
Dynafit Denali 168cm (winter powder & resort sidecountry)
Volkl VTA 88 Lite 170cm (winter ski mountaineering)
Trab Magico 164cm (late-winter and early-spring ski mountaineering)
Movement Big Fish-X 160cm (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan X-Race (both current rockered version & prior traditional-camber version)
And for very low-snowpack conditions, my old Movement Logic-X 169cm (still light, but dated w/o any rocker) and Hagan Cirrus 163cm (been through four seasons of abuse).