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Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol

The best equipment for cross-country skiers and ski tourers

26.10.2019 - by Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol
Category: Active
Whether you are on cross-country or touring skis, the right equipment is a must for every winter sports enthusiast – not just for the fun factor, but also for safety reasons. Here we reveal how cross-country skiers and touring skiers can ensure they have the best gear.

What is best equipment for cross-country skiers?

There are a few simple rules to follow when choosing cross-country skiing equipment. Which is the right length of ski? What is the right length of ski pole? But first it is important to decide which style you prefer: the classic cross-country skiing style is easier to learn, while the skating style is a performance-oriented variant. There are considerable differences between the equipment for the two styles of cross-country skiing.

The skis used in the classic cross-country style are much longer, while the poles are shorter than for skating. There are skis with grips that are more suited to beginners, as well as cross-country skis with wax that helps when ascending. The difference is that the former have “scales” under the binding so that the skier will not slip backwards on upward slopes. More experienced cross-country skiers who also want to go faster choose skis without scales. The cross-country skis used for skating are shorter than the classic type, with longer poles and more robust boots.

Our partner Sportler will help you decide the optimum length for your cross-country skis according to your height.

What is the best ski touring equipment?

There is a lot to consider when choosing the right ski touring equipment. For example, what is the right length of touring ski? The correct length depends on what you are aiming to do. The following points are vital when determining the right length of touring ski:
  • For an easy and pleasant climb, the weight and “waist” of the ski are particularly important.
  • If the focus is on the descent, wide touring skis should be chosen that greatly increase comfort when skiing.
  • Touring skis that are well suited to both descent and ascent combine the above points: a ski width of up to approx. 95 mm under the binding is a good compromise.
  • A wide skiis not very useful when touring on ski pistes. More important is a touring ski that provides the necessary stability on the slopes.
There are other items of equipment that must be taken on every tour: an avalanche detection device, as well as an avalanche probe and a shovel. It is also important to familiarise yourself with how the equipment works because, if an accident occurs, every second counts. We recommend learning about what to do in the event of an avalanche as a matter of course.

Then there are other questions: Which are the right boots for ski touring? Which are the right bindings? Which are the right skins? Our partner Sportler gives the answers.

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