Trying to figure out which skis to bring with me next week to the Alpes du Nord.
My new K2 Backlash have done well so far on hardback and breakable crust—just the thing for when I get persuaded to try skiing some steep coulour which might have powder ... or might have sections with something else. Or for fun skiing down the pistes after climbing up them for exercise (or because it was the only reasonable way to reach some interesting backcountry snow above).
My ten-year-old Tua Crossride 110s have gotten me thru all kinds of stuff, but not as heavy as my new ones—and in imminent danger of having a whole edge separate from the base—or losing even larger chunks of P-tex than they have already. (What do I do if they fall apart on the second day of my trip?)
Weather forecast for the next 7-10 days looks maybe like:
(a) continuing freeze-thaw-refreeze (to produce more hardpack and crust? What I want to power thru on my K2 Backlash)
(b) just enough new snow to hide the rocks—but not enough to protect my precious new skis from hitting a few of them (while navigating in the overcast flat light).
Thanks for any perspectives + suggestions.