Short skis, floppy boots, a lurk, shorts and corn snow work well together.

Some basics of skiing, like facing down the fall line and keeping a still upper body, transfer directly. Others, like not getting super backseat, obviously do not.

I recommend that you try it.


4 thoughts on “Lurkin’

  1. Because I am not a very good skier and use parallel sided light touring skis in the backcountry, I sometimes hold my two poles together like the “lurk” and use that as a brake/pivot.

    Sort of embarrassing to admit, but skis without side cut just don’t turn well and that’s why the telemark was invented.

  2. Cutting a ~7′ pole might be worth it when facing a big descent undergunned on skis and especially, on boots.

    My lurk is alder and thus a bit flexy. My first few were a bit too short, which limits the extent to which you can really lean back and milk control by unweighting your skis.

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