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Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Big-Mountain Backcountry Skis

You huck cliffs, ski thigh-deep powder, charge crud, and go on long out-of-bounds tours. Whether you're on alpine-touring or telemark bindings, these skis have you covered.

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