Marquette Backcountry Skiing

How to ski powder in Boulder, Colorado.
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Marquette Backcountry Skis

On February 3, 2012, a huge upslope storm rolled through Colorado’s Front Range dropping up to 40 inches east of the Continental Divide. Boulder received 14 inches overnight prompting editor Kevin Luby to go find some turns in the surrounding foothills. Using a pair of Marquette Backcountry Skis, he discovered waist-deep powder off of Mount Sanitas just a few blocks from downtown Boulder, Colorado.

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$435 We love the Marker Baron so much that we borrowed a fleet of them from Marker to mount on all of our backcountry test skis. When the Baron's predecessor, the DIN-16 Duke, debuted in 2007, it was the only alpine-touring binding that truly skied like a real alpine binding. Word spread, and shops literally could not keep it stocked. Marker released the Baron in 2008. It has the same alpine-style performance as the Duke—solid, secure, and confidence-inspiring—but is 150 grams lighter (thanks to the use of nylon instead of magnesium), and $60 less expensive. And with a DIN range of four through 12, it's more of an everyman's binding. If you're skiing the resort most of the time, but want touring capability for occasional side- and backcountry laps, you won't find a better binding.

Backcountry Bindings

Whether you're going on a day-long tour or just heading out the gates, you need a binding that works as well going uphill as it does going down. Here is a collection of some of the best AT and telemark bindings out there.