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AT gear, my setup is volkl gotama(golden Buddha) in 176, marker duke bindings and g3 skins. Can't wait to test them out.Goodman's book is certainly the place to start. Both Cardigan and Chocorua are mentioned in the book but Cardigan is a much better option for a new backcountry skier. Moosilauke (that's my trip report) is a wonderful ski destination but it's a bigger mountain and requires a bit more of a commitment. Sherby is a great place to get your feet wet (so to speak) about some of the challenges that the backcountry affords. Do you have AT or Tele gear? If not, do you have snowshoes? Nothing will make your day more miserable or attract the ire of other backcountry skiers and riders than postholing the trails.
Nothing will make your day more miserable or attract the ire of other backcountry skiers and riders than postholing the trails.
Hmm.... I should pick up AT bindings this year ... this thread i smaking me drool. I have done very little (actually, almost no) backcountry skiing before. Other than charging through uncharted woods at resorts from the lift.
Does this include our adventures at MRG last year? Let me know if you want to join me on one of my adventures. I usually do an end of the season Tux trip. Happy to share the trail with you.
I just go behind my house skinning. There is not much for downhill, there are some decent short pitches to get the lungs and legs going for more stuff.
^ I have a golf course behind my apartment that used to have a rope tow. It's a NELSAPed area. When Boston gets a big dump, I hike over there for a few turns. The advantage of a golf course is that the greens are so well manicured, there are no rocks to worry about. It's not much but, at the very least, it allows me to practice my skinning and self-arrest skills.
I was looking at your some of your photos from your collection and noticed the one from killington 2010. If that photo was from that freak storm in oct. I hiked and skied it also.I also think Goodman's book is a great place to start.
Here's a collection of reports (some with video) of places I've been around New England in the past few years: http://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/p/trip-reports.html
Although, part of the fun is scouting out new places to explore.
I was looking at your some of your photos from your collection and noticed the one from killington 2010. If that photo was from that freak storm in oct. I hiked and skied it also.