OUR ADVICES TO CHOOSE YOUR SKI TOURING
Whether you are beginner, confirm or expert of ski touring, we have the right ski for you. To help you to find the best ski, our team gives you some valuable technical advices.
You are a ski touring beginner. You are looking for a ski that will be reliable in all kinds of snow conditions (powder or hard snow). Maneuverability, lightness and polyvalence are the three most important feature for you. You have two ski choices:
1. The Dynastar Mythic 87
2. The Dynastar Vertical Access
You practise ski touring regulary. You are looking for a product that is effective on both ascents and descents with no compromises. You would like to find the ideal companion for all kinds of terrain, whether challenging (steep slope, glacier) or otherwise. It therefore needs to offer excellent grip. You have two options:
1. The DynastarMythic 97 CA
2. The Dynastar Mythic 87 CA
You arean expert of ski touring. You want a ski how is very light and perform on the ascent as well as the descent. You have two ski choices:
1. The Dynastar Vertical Pro
2. The Dynastar Vertical F-Team
You are a champion of ski touring and you are looking for the lightest equipment for a maximum efficiency on the ascent. You will also like a ski how gives you stability on the descent. The right and only one ski for you is the Dynastar Pierra Menta F-Team provided with a rocker and the moths light of the range.
OUR ADVICES TO CHOOSE YOUR EQUIPMENT
The ski is not the only one equipment you need to play ski touring. Whether you go for a half day, a day or a few days, we have the right equipment for you.
ALF A DAY / DAY
You want to go for a day. You wish a technical backpack compact and ergonomic. You have two backpack choices:
1. The Dynastar backpack Legend 18L
2. The Dynastar backpack Legend Pro 25L
TREK OF SOME DAYS
You are a confirm ski touring. You go in the montain for a few days and you want to take your ski and your equipment without compromise between comfort, practicality and ergonomics. The right and only one technical backpack for you is the Dynastar backpack Legend Tour 40L.
OUR CHOICES OF SKI TOURING SKINS
OUR SAFETY TIPS
Now you are well equipped, you must’t forget the safety. Here is the 15 advices of Dynastar team.
1. Go out with someone more experienced (guide, expert) to begin with.
2. Never go out on your own.
3. Check the nivology (avalanche reports) and weather forecast (for the actual day and the days leading up to it): it is these two elements that will influence your choices. We strongly recommend that you consult specialist mountain weather websites.
4. Avoid days where the night freeze-back is insufficient: when temperatures are high and the wind is strong. This increases the formation of wind slabs and therefore the risk of avalanches. Be prepared to abandon your tour in the event of doubt.
5. Always carry an avalanche transceiver. Wear the transceiver on your body, below a layer, rather than in a bag to avoid losing it. There is no point carrying a transceiver if the skier does not know how to use it and is not equipped with a shovel or a probe. Carry out a transceiver test before setting off (the tour leader asks the group to line up and checks detection between devices).
6. Save the numbers of mountain emergency services (these vary depending on the mountain ranges).
7. Switch off your mobile phone during the ascent as this will reduce the precision of the avalanche transceiver in the event of a search (waves).
8. Develop analytical skills: learn how to understand a topo and its ratings to avoid overestimating your abilities or placing yourself in danger, i.e. to allow you to adapt your itinerary and estimate risks in the terrain (slopes, snow cohesion, exposure).
9. Carry an essential survival kit (warm clothing, food, water, mobile phone, IGN map, fully charged headtorch, survival blanket, altimeter, compass).
10. Do not listen to music during your tour to make sure you are more alert to any noises (slides, avalanches, rock falls, people in distress).
11. With regard to skins, avoid wet snow wherever possible (it will build up under your skis, increasing weight and greatly impairing grip). Before the descent, place your skins on the protective sheet rather than sticking them to each other to preserve the adhesive.
12. Lower your climbing bars during the ascent using "crampons" (used on slopes with very significant superelevation) on your feet. Otherwise, there will be no grip and this will increase the risk of falling in icy terrain (often on ridges close to summits).
13. Opt for brightly coloured clothing where possible as this will provide a marked contrast with the snow in the event of a search.
14. Follow the ascent route or stay close to the ascent route during the descent to avoid certain objective dangers (crevasses, seracs, rock bands), as your tracks will provide guidance. Only ski touring experts should venture further afield as they are familiar with the terrain and skiable areas.