Just finished a terrific end of season week in Val Thorens, including a couple of days guided off-piste down some of the easier routes (Sans Nom, Lac du Lou and Planchette). I did this on alpine kit but for next season I hope to get some AT kit to enable me to access more terrain like this. Unfortunately as an AT virgin I don’t know where to start, so any advice that can be offered on bindings and boots and stuff will be much appreciated:
What would be a good binding to get for a newbie?
Should I also plan on getting AT boots, or can I live with alpine boots?
For skis I’m thinking about something around 80-85mm underfoot (Movement Sparks perhaps, or maybe stick with the Volkl Karmas I have). Is this a sensible ski choice for an AT introduction?
I know almost nothing about skins - what should I look for?