Looking for free heel gear

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Thehof Thehof
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Looking for free heel gear

Thinking of getting some telemark gear. Does anyone know of a shop on Long Island or maybe in Queens.
I also spend most weekends near Barryville in Sullivan county.
Some how while cruising the web I ran across Altai skis. My interest in freeing my heel has spiked again so i'am looking around. This has happened from time to time over the years.
Just wanna go to a shop to see the gear in real life.
Thanks for any help
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Harvey Harvey
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TH - What kind of skiing and terrain are you imagining?
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You know what they say....once you free the heel, the mind will follow. In my case, the body followed too and I haven't locked back. (Pun intended!).

Good luck on your journey. If you're looking for downhill tele gear, I think your best bet to touch and feel them may be K-mart.  You should also come to Platty. There are a bunch of (75mm setups in the rental shop.
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I would assume it's easier to learn on groomed slopes. So Platty is the answer there. Once comfortable with my technique I want to go back country. There's lots of trails around my dacha. That's the appeal of the Altai skis to me.
I've been fooling around with my alpine touring set up, but it's just not really practical on the trails I've been exploring.
I've also looked at so called wide x- country set ups ( on the web) but I think a telly set up might work out better.
I guess the smart move is try it at Platty with a lesson ,and see how it goes.
Any other suggestions,greatly appreciated.
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Hudsonhiker Hudsonhiker
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If you want Heel Gear buddy you're going to have to pay for it.
Thehof Thehof
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I'am a decent alpine skier,XC skied a few times. Last time an instructor (while teaching my wife) watched me , he said I was stuck in the 80's. So that being said , how long will it take to learn. I have no idea and i'am sure no one else does. Can't find lesson prices for Platty's heel gear lessons. Hopefully it's the same as alpine. I think Jeff use to teach. I'll start asking guestions when we do the tree clearing. Cheers
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Thehof wrote
I'am a decent alpine skier,XC skied a few times. Last time an instructor (while teaching my wife) watched me , he said I was stuck in the 80's. So that being said , how long will it take to learn. I have no idea and i'am sure no one else does. Can't find lesson prices for Platty's heel gear lessons. Hopefully it's the same as alpine. I think Jeff use to teach. I'll start asking guestions when we do the tree clearing. Cheers
Jeff is still the head of the ski school. A level III Instructor and a great guy.  Definitely ask for him.

IMHO, it can't hurt to take a lesson or 2 at Platty.  Probably the cheapest and best option in terms of what you want to get out the experience.  (From what it sounds like, you perhaps have an eye to totally switch to free-heel skiing?).  Either way, eventually, when you get a little better, you are going to want to get your own boots.  At that point, you have 2 decisions to make:  Used or New and 75 mm or NTN?  Personally, once I got to that level, I wanted my own new boots...and I'm sold on NTN.  However, I do also have a light 75 mm backcountry XC setup that I LOVE and use extensively at home when we have a snowpack (and bring to the mtns for extended visits).  So, that leads to another question... What do you really want to do here?  Do you want to use the freeheel gear with lift accessed resort skiing?  Or do you just want something to "bushwhack" with on trails and off near your place in the mountains?  If the latter, I might first suggest a very light-weight backcountry XC setup and just stay with your DH gear for resort skiing.  

Lots of options for you....

 
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Why?
I ride with Crazy Horse!
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Why?
Because it's the best way to move around mountain environments.
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They still make tele gear?
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