I am a ski touring beginner looking for a reliable ski in all snow conditions - from powder to hardpack. My skis need to be maneuverable, lightweight, and versatile. I’m opting for the Dynastar Cham Alti 80 ski and ALTI 12 binding, light and strong.
I regularly practice ski touring and am looking for a lightweight ski on the ascent that provides uncompromising edge grip and downhill performance in the most demanding terrain. I have two options :
2. The Cham High Mountain 87 ski features a lightweight high-performance construction, delivering more nimble and accessible performance for all-mountain adventures or backcountry tours. LOOK XM binding associated to access the slopes I want to leave my mark on.
I am an expert ski mountaineer looking for an ultra-lightweight ski I can practically forget about on the ascent that still delivers uncompromising performance when racing downhill. The DYNASTAR Pierra Menta Rocker Carbon is one of the lightest skis on the market and features Early Rise Rocker for enhanced maneuverability.
I am a competitive ski mountaineer looking for maximum efficiency on the ascent and confident stability on the descent so I don’t lose any time in races. The Dynastar Pierra Menta Race Carbon ski is the lightest, most stable touring ski in the range.
1. Take an avalanche safety course before traveling into.
2. Never go alone.
3. Go with someone more experienced if you are just beginning.
4. Check avalanche reports and weather forecasts for the areas you plan to travel.
5. Be prepared to adjust plans and or/routes accordingly. Give up in case of doubts.
6. Travel with people who have similar goals and attitudes.
7. Always carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe - and know how to use them.
8. Turn off mobile phones – they can interfere with avalanche transceivers.
9. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't listen to music. Stay alert, and constantly be on the lookout for information about the environment that indicates the potential for a slide. This includes recent avalanche activity and changes in terrain, snowpack, and the weather.
10. Analyze the snowpark stability. As with studying terrain features, reading the snowpack takes years of experience. There are however, several tests that reveal the layers in the snow and can help you assess risks involved with unstable snow. These include ski-pole tests, snowpit tests, resistance tests, and "shear" tests.
11. Pack what you need in case of survival (extra clothing, food, water, mobile phone, headlamp, security blanket, altimeter, and compass).
12. Wipe the bases or your skis clean before applyins skins to avoid getting wet snow on your skins. Snow accumulated on your skis will add weight and reduce skin adhesion.
13. Re-attach skins to skin mesh before descending. To preserve the glue do not stick them to themselves or to each other.
14. Wear brightly colored clothing that contrasts your surroundings to aid in search.
15. If you are not an expert, descend the exact same path you climbed to avoid hidden dangers (crevasses, seracs, cliffs).
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