Pete Webster – Mountain Adventure Centre backcountry instructor getting some turns in on our rental Karhu skis & Alpina BC boots. Below are a few tips from Pete on how to get some quality turns on light touring (skinny) skis.
” First and foremost its all about controlling the trailing ski to do this you want to weight your inside ski as you go into the turn.
As you are coming through for your first lead change start to pressure your new inside ski earlier than normal. To achieve this your hips need to be further back while still maintaining an upright position, when doing this be careful that you don’t fall into the back seat.
As you can’t rely on the equipment to hold you in there use your core strength to maintain stance. Keep you upper body down the fall line and let your legs do the turning!” Pete Webster APSI level 1 Telemark Instructor
Blue Mountains TAFE are testing out our new Hilleberg Atlas tent as their base camp class room. We took a peek inside this morning and were pleased to see it lives up to the reviews “Tremendously spacious, very stable & completely modular, the Atlas is the big-group tent for any situation.”
We have 3 of these tents and connecting vestibules which we will pitch and post video/photos of soon. In the mean time visit the Hilleberg website for more information.
Just wanted to share our experience with the Madshus Annum and Epoch skis. They really are our choice of ski for the backcountry in Australia. The Annum is single camber (like a downhill telemark ski) with a great climbing pattern on the base. You can climb just about anything and they are so easy to turn.
The Madshus Epoch is the sister ski to the Annum and is the perfect touring ski the Australia’s backcountry. It has a soft double camber and is a little narrower in the shovel (ski tip) which makes it the go-to ski for touring. Provided you pick the right height for your weight, you get plenty of glide on the flats and they turn well on the downhills.
Try them out, we have both in hire and for sale and we are happy to work with you to find the ski that suits. Don’t miss this spring skiing on these skis!
One of our favourite things to do is to introduce our customers to the pleasures of ski touring. We’ve been taking lots of people out lately with the beautiful weather we have had in the past few weeks. It doesn’t matter if you have never skied before, or if you come from a downhill skiing background, it is easy to get away from it all on cross country skis.
We are loving the new Madshus skis that are making it so easy for people to take their first steps in coss country. Look out for a video soon featuring these skis.
The spring skiing season has just begun and there is plenty of snow on the mountains for touring, so give us a call.
This weekend Mountain Adventure Centre guide Mike Edmonson headed out with 3 clients for a backcountry tour. The conditions on the main range are awesome this spring and look like they are going to hold up for a while yet. Mike supplied the photos below; they are from camp below Muellers Pass, Mt Townsend, Lake Albina & Mt Northcote.
Updated touring conditions from Mike Edmondson our local Mountain photographer and Mountain Adventure Centre Guide!
Wednesday 8th July 2010 ” A great Cross Country Ski Tour to Mt. Kosciuszko from Eagles Nest at the top Thredbo. It was perfect snow & weather. No wind & 20cm of easy turning super light powder. Best slope was the face of Kosciuszko, but 20cm of light untracked powder was everywere! (more…)