Common questions about alpine touring, answered

I have a pair of alpine downhill skiing boots, can I use those with an alpine touring (randonee?) setup?

Yes

How do you size normal alpine vs randonee vs telemark skis? I usually am comfortable with 160cm alpine skis…should I look for identical length tele / randonee skis?

Pretty similar length between the three. Some specific skis are sized a little longer or shorter, depending on the type of snow vs the “discipline.” Within around 5cm should be fine.

Is it basically possible to put randonee bindings on tele skis?
From what I’ve read…yes. It depends on whether you’re buying used or new because when you put in bindings you drill holes in your skis. If you are buying used the holes may not fit, or they might. You may or may not be able to drill new ones. These are questions I would direct towards a ski shop…which should be easily able to answer them if they do that kind of work.

http://www.outdooradventureclub.com/newsletter/backcountry.htm

http://www.mellophant.com/forums/showthread.php?9292-Ask-the-telemark-skier
http://www.crosscountryskier.com/2004-05/jan_2005_features_backcountry101.html

http://www.backcountryaccess.com/product/trekker/
https://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=23068
http://www.evo.com/how-to-buy-alpine-touring-at-randonne-bindings.aspx
http://www.evo.com/how-to-buy-alpine-touring-at-randonne-skis.aspx
http://ask.metafilter.com/51897/Are-these-four-me

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/spo/4119756170.html
http://www.liquidationsports.com/index/page/product/product_id/24661/category_id/69/product_name/K2+Four+R+167cm+Skis

http://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/2011/11/five-steps-to-buying-cheap-telemark-ski.html

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