Originally Posted by SSOWDEN
Help out buzzards, what did I miss.
The Asolos are great boots but for performance, especially with the reinforced ankle in the Extreme Pros. But if you've got the bucks, the new "Merrill Super Comps" are what you really need.
Now for what SSOWDEN missed - the hat - it has to be the Norman Nordic type - gray wool with a Scandanavian design, with ear coverage and strings to tie it on with. Your gloves need to be ragg wool gloves or mittens with sturdy leather outers. You'll need Army surplus wool pants from Boulder Army Navy, with the big pockets on the sides for granola bars. In addition to not showering, you'll need to start working on those dredlocks. Big long dredlocks thick enough for anerobic bacteria to grow in them. You should also go vegeterian and if you have carnivorous roommates in that house you're sharing with 12 other guys and 14 dogs, you need to leave notes on their sandwich meat saying "meat is murder," "this is heinous" or other things. You'll be high powered for skinning up the hills on oatmeal, quinoa, and cabbage and don't worry, your roommates won't mind you using their seasonings and spices to make that shit edible.
And if any of your roomies are downhill skiiers, make sure to razz them about their plastic boots, plastic skis, and how anyone can ski in all that plastic gear and that even though you only get in one run a day, its out in the backcountry and in sweet waist-deep powder - sooner or later they'll come around to The Way
and thank you for helping them realize the error of their plastic-loving, artificial life experience, trust me. That reminds me of the attitude you'll need: to be a true tele skiier, you'll need to have smugly self-righteous demeanor, and remember to look down your nose at the guy next to you as he steps into his downhill bindings at the lift. For that matter, you shouldn't even be riding lifts. If you REALLY want to learn to tele, you need to be out in the backcountry earning your turns. You want to be a long way away from the industrialized, mechanical, noisy, crowded clearcuts they call ski areas. If you're going to follow all this advice, you'll want to be a long, long way from where there are other people. A really long way. Please.