In 2007, Rottefella debuted the New Telemark Norm, a binding system that promised to revolutionize telemarking’s age-old cable-binding system by combining ski brakes, step-in entry, and a tour mode. But it wasn’t an instant success. The bindings felt too soft and too heavy, and the boots came in only a few sizes. All that stands to change. Crispi, Scarpa, and Garmont are now making NTN boots in many sizes. And the bindings are burlier. We swear. You can actually hammer a tele turn on these with complete stability. The only bummer: The touring mode isn’t a full free pivot.
Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 All-Mountain Backcountry Skis
Can one ski do everything well? Climb skin tracks, carve groomers, and tackle big, steep lines? These come pretty close.