In 2005 and 2006 Wild Snow profiled $1000 Joe, the budget backcountry skier. I met Joe the other day. He’d said he’d been seduced by the ski lifts to some extent. However, this year, given the economy, he can’t afford a lift pass and decided to get out in the backcountry more, with updated gear. But he still only had a grand for his shopping spree. Here is how he did it, with some choices.
– Kahru Jak – $200 – Tramdock.com
– Rossignol Haute Route – $200 (It may be a women’s ski, but sack up.)
– Remount existing alpine skis – $30
– Garmont Megaride or something similar – $350 – Tramdock.com
– Dynastar Legend L Naxo 11 – $230 – eBay (Ok, they’re not Lou’s favorite, but he says they’ll still work given that Joe is not a big guy. Also, this time of year you might be able to find Fritschis on Ebay for nearly that price.)
Basement/Attic/Dumpster. If they match, 10 points off.
– Pieps 457 Opti 4 – $189.00 discounted at etailer (defunct link removed 2015).
– Ortovox Economic – $34.95 – Backcountry.com
– Dump the books and go.
Total around a grand depending on shipping charges, use any remaining money for a binding mount, better skins or probe. Calling all Wildsnowers, any comment suggestions for Joe? Please provide links if possible.
(Guest blogger Rob Dellsy is a starving engineering student in Boston. He spends as much time as possible in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts skiing, ice climbing, and just plain having fun in the snow.)
Beyond our regular guest bloggers who have their own profiles, some of our one-timers end up being categorized under this generic profile. Once they do a few posts, we build a category. In any case, we sure appreciate ALL the WildSnow guest bloggers!