12 Dec Antipiste
Made in: US and China
Years on the market: 2004 – 2007
Measures: 131 – 98 – 116
“Free-heeling” telemark skiing was the original skiing technique in the early XX century. In fact, the telemark curve is more intuitive than the heel-locked, alpine curve, as it resembles more the walking steps. However, as in the 50s bindings were able to lock the heels more securely, and boots were more stiff and performant, it become clear that the alpine curve was more efficient, stable, less demanding and allowed beginners to improve at a faster pace.
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By the 90s, telemark skiing was reduced to a niche of afcionados who were in love with the freedom feeling of the unlocked heel, as well as to US ski mountaneerings who took advantage of the lighter telemark bindings over the heavier touring bindings (pin-tech bindings were not yet on sale in the US). Tua and Volkl in Europe, Karhu and K2 in the US were the manufacturers who had a dedicated telemark ski line, and the Antipiste was a true classic for the telemark freeriders.
As K2 wrote, the Antipiste was their fattest tele offering… a pure powder ride that’s all about soul. Designed to paint smiles on powder hounds’ faces, this ski’s dependable, damp wood core and fat footprint combine to provide buoyancy and liveliness that are often difficult to find in a ski this wide. Though it’ll turn on hardpack and groomers if it must, the Antipiste is the type of ski best
reserved for pounding storm cycles and backcountry forays.
This ski features pre-drilled binding inserts, which
are similar to snowboard insert technology. The hole pattern is the same as the G3 Targa series, Black Diamond, Voile Hardwire bindings, and Rottefella Cobra R8 and R6 bindings. A few more years, and telemark-specific skis disappeared from the market, as the number of aficionados was rapidly reduced when pin-tech bindings were finally available in the US.