Newer backcountry skiers may assume that their future is filled with powder and rainbows. Experienced ski mountaineers know better. But there’s still great skiing to be had in suboptimal conditions. A narrower ski with a long effective edge is the perfect tool for those days when you’re eyeing up a long ascent or traverse, packing crampons and an ice axe, and wondering if last week’s rain-crust will rear its head. Enter the Scott SpeedGuide 80, rigorously tested in the Alps under many of the same conditions we see here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. More versatile than a true skimo race ski but much lighter and more nimble than a wider, powder-oriented touring ski, the SpeedGuide 80 can glide fast on skins, kick-turn with ease, and won’t weigh you down on steep bootpacks. Once you try out the SpeedGuide 80 above treeline, you won’t use any other ski from your quiver til the corn harvest starts.
- An ideal ski for speed-focused, above-treeline missions in hard snow conditions.
- Elliptic construction combines carbon and aramid to stiffen the paulownia wood core.
- Tip-notched from the factory for use with a skimo-race-style bungee tip attachment.
- Moderate tip rocker lets the ski plane out of the snow when necessary, without compromising the hard-snow performance of the flat tail.
- Confirmed weight: 1121g/ski (170cm)