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    I have a fair amount of time using these skis while on active duty. I’m currently using a pair of Madshus Glittertind which I really like but I’d like something a little wider to help with flotation. My questions are these: 1. How do you fill the holes as these skis come pre-drilled for the NATO 120 binding. 2. Has anyone used them with the Black Diamond kicker skin? I’ve used them with full length skins, but this was in the Sierras on mountain packed snow, climbing and traversing the slopes. If I purchase them I’d pair them with either the Voile 3 pin cable or HD Mountaineer. The price is right though, I think I saw them on Coleman’s website for $25 or $30. Thanks

  • #2
    I’ve never used these skis but I have remounted many pairs of skis with different bindings, downhill and cross country. I always just fill the old holes flush with epoxy and drill new holes. Never caused a problem.


    • #3
      I started on skis my Finnish grandfather made with toe strap bindings. Since then I've owned more pair of cross country and backcountry skis than I can recall at the moment.
      I succumbed to the lure of these yesterday after seeing a review elsewhere, and I ordered a couple pair that will arrive here this week. I'm putting Rottefella Super Telemarks on one pair and Ramer military cable bindings on the other. (Yes, there will be bunny boots involved with the latter.) This is all because I am a strict adherent to Ek's Laws of Nivean Locomotion:
      1. Never walk when you can snowshoe.
      2. Never snowshoe when you can ski.
      3. Never carry something when you can drag it behind you.
      4. Never drag something behind you when you can get one or more dogs to do that for you.
      These will be used for winter camping and hunting, with boot choice dictated by the weather. We currently lack enough snow for testing, but I will come back with a report when I can.
      And the advice from Snowbound is spot on.


      • #4
        I am using Black Diamond on my skis, they ok for helping me to pull sled, but on ascent hills so-so. they not full length and wide Click image for larger version

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        • #5
          I bought two pair of these in 210 cm. I was on them for the first time today, using the Rottefella Super Telemark bindings and Asolo Snowfield leather boots. Glide and grip were outstanding. Åsnes has a well-deserved reputation for quality, and these aren’t anything like those wagon tongues used by the U.S. military in years past.
          The camber is obviously engineered to accommodate the weight of a skier with a heavy pack. If you’re light for your height and/or not carrying a monster pack, you’re probably better off with the 200 cm version. (FWIW, I weigh 220 and was packless today.) Adjusting type and length of grip wax to the snow conditions and terrain is essential with any waxable ski - get help from an expert if that is a mystery to you.
          I am exceedingly pleased with this purchase.
          BTW, I plugged the unused mounting holes with 3/16” dowels and epoxy. I bought full-length surplus skins for pulling heavy loads. No longer living in the mountains, so they will see very limited use.
          Last edited by eidsvolling; 12-27-2020, 07:45 PM.


          • #6
            Hello all new to the site. I got 2 pairs of these Åsnes skis years ago and had one mounted with Viole 75mm with cables and the other NNN BC. These are thick wooden core skis with a quality sintered base, metal edges and a plastic top sheet. They are about 7 pounds where more modern skis of the same dimension are about 5. They have almost a double camber, but I think it varies ski to ski. You definitely have to make a big wax pocket to get kick out of these in the backcountry. If you get it right they are trail breaking machines and can be pretty fast. They lay a great track for those that follow.

            I've never used these for pulling a toboggan because I worried about the kick in varying conditions, so I've used my Hoks and struggled to keep up with my pals on their fishscale Fisher E 88's. I considered the Black Diamond kicker skins, but figured they would drag as slow as my Hoks.

            These could be such great trekking skis so it got me thinking. It's too late for this season so my summer project is to router out an opening that mimics the attachment point on Fischer Easy Skin skis, and seal it with epoxy. I believe this would make these the versatile ski I'm looking for. You could go with kick wax when it's cold and have the skins as backup for any tough climb. Smaller, fast mohair skins or longer, grippier nylon skins. I'll post some pictures when I get around to it. I hoping to get good glide with mohairs when it's warmer and waxing is tough.


            • #7
              Actually most of the ski resorts have disc golf courses, but the quality depends on the proficiency of the instructors. When I visited ski resorts in Sweden, I had a wonderful instructor who explained everything about that fancy sport from head to toes. But when I visited some resorts in the US, the instructors were not as proficient as in Europe. Maybe this is a coincidence, but it is a fact for me. So, before choosing a ski resort, it is better to consult with first. Have a great time learning disc golf!
              Last edited by Courland; 07-06-2021, 02:00 AM.