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The Best Backcountry Skis of 2022: Movement Alp Tracks 100

This Swiss ski brand is making some waves in the North American backcountry ski scene, and, with lightweight skis like this one, it's easy to see why.

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Brand: Movement

Model: Alp Tracks 100



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

132-100-120

Lengths (cm)

170, 177, 185

Radius (m)

19 (177)

Waist Width (mm)

100

Gender

Unisex

Rocker Technology

Yes

Weight

2lbs. 13oz.

2022 Movement AlpTracks 100

Starting up the skin track in Rocky Mountain National Park, my mind didn’t immediately start calculating approximately how many more steps I’d have to take with the Movement Alp Tracks 100. Built to be a do-it-all backcountry ski, they are designed to make skiing in all terrain in any condition enjoyable, and they are light enough for a full day in the skin track.

After a few hours going uphill, my legs weren’t screaming as we peered into the couloir we aimed to ski. Not only do the lightweight caruba wood core and full carbon laminates incorporated into the construction allow for easy uphill travel, but they instill confidence when it comes to the downhill.

Dropping into a 45-degree couloir entrance, the Alp Tracks were able to edge confidently into firm, wind-affected snow. The brand’s proprietary ABS Shock Absorber sidewalls helped keep the skis firmly planted to the slope between jump turns through the steep, exposed crux of the line.

Once the skis had more room to run in the couloir’s apron, linking turns of different shapes in punchy spring snow was aided by the tip and tail rocker. The skis remained energetic exiting the turn due to the full camber construction underfoot. With added speed, they behaved like a burlier ski, easily pushing around heavy piles of mashed potato snow in medium to large radius turns. As we made our final turns past dozens of hikers, the skis were eager to playfully jib and slash the last few trailside features.

From the initial tour uphill all the way back to the cold beer in the parking lot, I didn’t have to think about the gear I was on. This is a true testament to the skis’ ability to handle serious terrain and all that comes with it.

The Movement Alp Tracks 100 proved to be a reliable tool for a spring backcountry objective. These skis nail the sweet spot of a do-it-all ski for the backcountry skier that may dabble in a few larger objectives in the spring, but wants a single dedicated ski for a touring set up all season long.

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