I enjoy receiving your direct email inquiries, and I post some of them here for a couple reasons:
- These are concerns that are shared by many readers and all will benefit from seeing the answers
- We have many readers who are more knowledgeable about these issues than I
This email comes from Wendy:
I love your blog and check it everyday, sometimes more than once!
I am in need of some advice about what type of skis to buy. I have classic skis and have been skiing for 3-4 years now. I read with great interest some of the trip reports and would love to do some trail skiing, like those suggested by Alf Skrastins.
In one of the trip reports of Skogan Pass there is a picture of the writers ski tips, however they look a lot fatter than my classic skis. It also looks like there are set tracks on Skogan Pass. Do they fit in the tracks? What would I use for a trail like Shadow Lake (also track set?) Lake O’Hara Fire Road? Skoki Lodge? Do I need to buy skins for trails with a lot of elevation gain? Full or just the half ones?
There is so much information out there I must say I’m pretty confused 🙂
I would really appreciate your advice.
Thanks so much,
I can weigh in on a few of the questions: There are set tracks on Skogan Pass and Redearth creek/Shadow Lake. The final 2.5k to Shadow Lake Lodge is snowmobile packed only. From the lodge to the lake, there is no packed trail, as you can see in the photo. Once you’re at Shadow Lake, there’s plenty of good touring to be experienced where it would be better to have wider skis.