XCD Skis are able to handle a wide array of backcountry terrain, diverse snow conditions, and most-importantly, allow for travel both up and downhill without the need for equipment transitions.
From afternoon outings on your local winter hiking or snowshoe trails to multi-week winter trekking expeditions, our adaptable line of trekking skis will confidently take you into the deep snows and back again.
Integrated climbing skin
Integrated mohair-mix climbing skin - Comprising of 65% mohair and 35% nylon, we feature the same blended mohair-mix climbing skins on all Skinbased XDC skis and skishoes. By using a dual material climbing skin, we can achieve the ideal mix of grip, glide, and durability. The mohair fibers offer superior glide, especially in cold conditions, while the nylon improves the overall grip and provides unmatched, long-term durability.
The RavenCore system
RavenCore compression-resistant elastic foam core: Made of an extremely durable yet lightweight material, our elastic foam core is completely impervious to water. Unlike wooden cores, which can be prone to water damage, our elastic foam cores maintain their reliability season after season.
Different edges for different uses
Some of our trekking skis feature heavy-duty steel edges that offer an increase in protection against accidental collisions with stones and stumps. They also bring superior edging capabilities and are critical for steeper descents in hardpack snow conditions.
Composite edges are found on soft snow-oriented trekking ski models. These edges are not as sharp as the steel alternatives, giving increased safety margins, especially when in use around children and pets.
The trekking Ski lineup
Outfitted in winter camouflage and equipped with Skinbased skis, troops and operatives can move through snow-covered forest with near invisibility. Explore our tactical collection to get geared up for winter missions.
Where to ski?
What to pack for a day trip in winter?
What do you need for a wintery day spent outdoors? A lot depends on the duration of your day trip, and how far away from civilization you will get, but the list below can serve as a decent starting point.
Skinbased's XCD Heritage
There is a unique freedom that comes from being on skis in the backcountry. Moving smoothly and seamlessly, elegantly weaving not only a path, but an adventure, though the ups and downs of the rolling hills is when we feel most alive. And it is the sport of XCD skiing that will unfailingly bring us these moments this winter, as it has for many, many winters past.
Skinbased Road Trip: A journey of Two U.S. Americans in Lapland – Part 2
Welcome to the second half of our trip report, as we follow Alan and Tess on their Skinbased tour around the Nordics. If you haven’t already read Part 1, you can find it here.
Discovering Strathcona Park
If Vancouver Island is the crown of British Columbia, then Strathcona Provincial Park is it’s most elegant jewel. Part of the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, Strathcona Park is located in Canada’s extreme southwest corner. The 250,000 hectares that make up the park consist of rugged mountains and alpine landscapes, crisscrossed with numerous streams and rivers, and dotted with lakes and glaciers. It is a land of striking scenery, boundless nature, and endless adventure.
Exploring Lapland on Skinbased Skis: Heading Into Kilpisjärvi's Wilderness
At the end of the long Finnish arm, in the northwest corner of the country, lies the small village of Kilpisjärvi. Here, nestled between the fells and the lake, near Finland’s border with Norway and Sweden, Old Man Winter’s grip is strong. Offering skiing possibilities well over half of the year, Kilpisjärvi is a perfect escape for Skinbased skiers.
Skinbased Road Trip: A journey of Two U.S. Americans in Lapland – Part 1
In February 2022, two U.S. Americans, Tess Smith and Alan Goldbetter, departed on a winter road trip across the Northern Nordics. Their goal? To discover the roots of Skinbased skiing and experience firsthand the terrain and nature that inspired their creation. Below is the first half of Alan’s account of the trip. We hope you enjoy.