My girlfriend, after much encouragement, rented some track skis last
weekend, and had a wonderful time, and now wants to purchase skis. We
are confused about what "type" of ski to purchase. We have several
local conservation areas that are not groomed that we like to frequent.
The track skis she rented (I have similar) were long and narrow, and
while they were great on flat terrain, they were very awkward on hills
and bumps. Getting "away for the beaten path" is what we like to do,
with occassional trips to the local resorts that have groomed trails.
The local EMS (Nashua, NH) salesmen recommended that she buy a
wider/shorter ski because of our emphasis on non-groomed areas. We
looked at a EMS Pioneer Bearclaw 65/55/60 160cm ski and a Karhu
Pathfinder 70/60/55 160cm ski. Are these skis also appropriate for
groomed trails? Will they have the same gliding sensation that the
track skis do? In wanting to ski these different terrains, is it
possible to get one ski that works well in both, or do you really need
two sets of skis (each tailored towards the specific terrain)?
Thanks for any advice,