Freetouring: 1 ski for everything!
You want skis that offer full performance for descents in powder and on the slopes, but are also light enough to score on a ski tour? Then freetouring skis are just right for you! They combine the best of different worlds and convince more and more skiers with their enormous versatility. What exactly is freetouring and what distinguishes the skis, you will learn in this article.
What is Freetouring?
Freetouring was born from the idea of combining the downhill performance of classic freeride skis with the light weight and uphill performance of touring skis. Thus, a hybrid was created that shines on demanding tours with many vertical meters, both uphill and downhill.
The skis are also slightly wider than classic piste skis and are thus also really fun in powder and on non-prepared descents. But freetouring skis are also convincing on the slopes and thus fulfill the dream of being able to use one pair of skis for (almost) everything.
What distinguishes freetouring skis?
Freetouring skis are downhill-oriented touring skis and are therefore a mixture of freeski and touring skis. They are more stable than classic touring skis and their shape is usually narrower at the back and wider at the front, which gives them good lift in powder.
Gliding through powder snow is also made easier by medium widths of around 95 to 120cm. As a freetourer, thanks to many different models, you have the individual choice of how much the focus of your skis should be on descents in the backcountry. The higher the center width, the more lift in powder. But wider skis also add a bit more weight to the scales.
Due to their width, they provide a high level of safety off-piste, and their good handling characteristics in ungroomed terrain make them ideal for ski tourers who value top downhill performance in the backcountry.
But also in the ascent they score thanks to modern construction with materials such as carbon with a comparatively low weight.
Characteristics freetouring ski
- Downhill oriented touring ski
- Greatest possible downhill performance and top stability
- Lots of fun in powder and technical terrain
- Low weight for ski touring
- Also ideal for freeride adventures
- Versatile use: powder descents, touring, piste
- Medium width from 95cm
Suitable ski boots and bindings
Freetouring ski boots are characterized by the fact that they are built somewhat more stable than classic touring ski boots. Thus, they usually have four buckles instead of three and thus offer the foot a lot of stability and a secure footing. They are compatible with common pin bindings and combine elements such as robustness and stability of classic alpine ski boots with the walking mode for ski touring. When it comes to bindings, the freetouring sector also relies on stable yet relatively lightweight models such as the Marker Duke PT, the Armada Shift or the Salomon Shift, which offer the highest possible stability and are thus made for demanding descents. With our set configurator you can easily add to your ski binding, ski boots and, if necessary, skins that are compatible with the ski and thus guaranteed to fit.
Conclusion: 1 ski, endless possibilities
One ski for everything? That doesn't have to remain a dream! With the freetouring skis from Sport Bittl you will find models that show their strengths especially on technical descents and off-piste. But they also cut a good figure uphill on ski tours thanks to their low weight and are also convincing when used on the slopes. Depending on the model and center width, you can determine for yourself how downhill-oriented your ski should be and can then look forward to a setup that convinces everywhere.