Trans Alp 88 177 cm
G3 Ion LT
Fischer Travers Carbon 306mm
Height 5' 6"
Weight 150 lbs
Type II skier unless I make a bad decision, then Type III
Speed (subjective) moderate
Skimoco Type ski yes, mo no
At the suggestion of my orthopedist, after he removed several drums of fluid from my left knee, high impact activities should be eliminated to help preserve the integrity of the joint. A full suspension mountain bike could be substituted for trail running and parkour is definitely out. However, I am pretty sure he said alpine touring would be okay as long as it did not include hucking cliffs. At least that what I heard and with that in mind, all my alpine gear is on it's way to the apres vie and is being replaced with touring gear.
The referenced AT kit along with a Fischer Hannibal, which has yet to be skied, has been my go to gear to for early season tours. The tours have been preseason at Alta Collins with one short tour up Summer Road. The Summer Road tour to above the Albion chair was on opening day and completed to do some recon work for the lift riders in my ski group.
The change of equipment to lighter, softer flex boots and much lighter, narrower skis has presented some challenges for me with regards to the down part. At 88 mm under foot, this is the narrowest ski I have ever taken off piste.
The up part with this gear as opposed to my heavier gear is much less physically demanding and my speed has increased which encourages me to tour more, farther out and take redos.
The fast part of the tour (down) forced me to rethink my approach to turning. I enjoy turning and the more turns the funner. The wider skis (+100mm to 118mm) I have been on are quite forgiving, rather enjoyable and it seems they almost turn by themselves.
I found skiing this ski with weight slightly forward in cut up light or heavy snow and centered in untracked seems to work well. Hmmm, isn't this how we are supposed to ski? I guess I was expecting something different for some unknown reason. On groomed and firm surfaces I had no problem getting the ski up and keeping it on edge without the tails washing out. (The knees did not care for this little exercise). In all cases, down the fall line is the direction in which this ski has not disappointed.
To summarize, this is a ski that is helping me have more fun. It encourages me to take more and longer tours as well as redo lines. It takes no effort to turn, holds an edge and is stable skiing down the fall line without riding it like a rented mule.
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