What’s the best ski setup for Jackson Hole?
I know it's early but I have a ski question. I've snowboarded since I was seven but I started skiing last year. What would be the best ski/boot/binding combo for skiing the resort in Jackson and doing some backcountry stuff too. Skyler Dubois, WY
Yes! Of course it still is summer, but it’s never too soon to think about snow. Just give me a few more warm days first.
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For Jackson and some backcountry stuff, I’m probably go with a wide all-mountain ski. It’ll handle powder, groomed snow, and be fine for backcountry. A good example of this the K2‘s SideStash ski ($750). It has a sidecut designed for easy turn initiation in a wide range of snow conditions. And its width and powder tip lets it float in soft new stuff. It’ll even take skins. Atomic‘s Panic ($400) offers similar design features and multi-terrain ski-ability at a more affordable price point.
For boots, Rossignol‘s Synergy Sensor 80s ($310) offer good all-terrain capability in a traditional downhill boot. Salomon‘s Quest boots ($500) add some rigidity and are best for expert skiers. They’re also classic downhill boots.
If you plan on a lot of backcountry stuff, then maybe a pair of randonee boots would be in order. Scarpa‘s Skookums ($720) offer great control downhill, with the ability to hike back up to the top. Add to them a pair of Frischi Diamir Eagle randonee bindings ($400—sold in the United States by Black Diamond, and you’re all set.