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Perisher Backcountry ski/climb trip info! 24-Aug-2012 At 2:56:03 PM uwhp510
Yeah I've done a fair old bit of telemarking, on both light (Asolo leathers and Morotto Light Telemark stuff) and sort of medium (1st or 2nd gen T2s, Riva Z comp bindings mounted on some random old Alpine Touring Skis) both on the tows and in the back country, and I always skied really low, particularly with the light gear.

The whole arms up in the air thing from people on old light gear is in my view more influenced by the fact that the poles used to be quite long, and in order to poke the snow for balance, you need your arms right up in the air. The problem is that poking the snow for balance on the uphill side puts your weight back and away from the fall line, which is bad.

As far as ski weighting goes, I reckon it should be 50-50, in order to get both skis loaded up and carving equally. I think that the crappy skidding turns are way more common from people on old gear, because you needed to stomp your heal down hard on the front ski in order to control it.

There's a whole bunch of mechanics going on with the broom balancing thing that I can go into (with dodgy ms paint diagrams) that say that I'm right, which I'll get onto when I'm not at work. Nothing I like better than arguing physics on the internet :)

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