Hi, I am in the Pacific Northwest and I am looking for a setup that will work very well in the backcountry and can also function in resort.
What under-foot width do you recommend? and what Brand should I look at?
We do 5 to 10 backcountry trips per year, and we are advanced skiiers.
Thanks for the great question!
The PNW offers SO many great touring (and resort) options!
When it comes to skis, the 95-115mm underfoot width range will make great all-around options. Where your 'ideal' ski lands in that range will depend a lot on how you like to ski. If you're mostly skiing on weekends, regardless of conditions, I'd steer you toward the lower end of the range since you'll likely want better firm-snow edging ability when it hasn't snowed for a while, while still giving good powder performance. If you're chasing storms, and skiing mostly deep, soft snow, the wider end of that range can give you better flotation and more 'playful' performance, while still performing pretty well in firm conditions.
For a good mix of these skis, You might take a look at these:
Since you'll be skiing the resort fairly often, the Salomon Shift, Marker Kingpin and Fritschi Tecton(sold by Black Diamond through REI) are all awesome touring bindings that offer performance characteristics near to that of a traditional step-in alpine binding.
There are other touring bindings out there, and you may decide that you'd rather save weight and ski in-bounds on a traditional pin-tech touring binding, but for great balance of performance to weight, I'd start with looking at these.
There are some boot-to-binding and binding-to-ski compatibility requirements to consider- please feel free to reach out as you come up with more questions!
Hope this is helpful!
Enjoy your turns!
In addition to ReinkeM's response, if you are truly looking for a touring setup that can function at the resort take a look at Voile's V6 and V8 skis or Armada's Tracer line. For bindings, you didn't mention your boots which may impact the binding you are able to use. Assuming you have tech fittings in your boots, something like the dynafit rotation would be compatible with all boots whereas the Kingpin might require an adapter. Salomon released a boot/binding compatibility chart that might be helpful in narrowing down your binding choices.