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Marquette Backcountry Ski: part backcountry ski, part snowshoe
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Marquette Backcountry LogoMarquette Backcountry has introduced a hybrid backcountry ski that doesn't require skins when you climb to earn your turns.

The Marquette Backcountry Ski combines the climbing advantages of a snowshoe with the smooth gliding of a basic backcountry ski.

Quarter-sized fish scales on the ski's base bites on the snow surface allowing you to climb and prevents sliding backwards. The piscatory pattern is touted also for allowing the ski to freely float down mountain.

Marquette Backcountry SkiMarquette Backcountry Ski

The ski can accept different bindings depending on the type of backcountry skiing you want. A stiffer boot and binding set-up will give you a feel closer to a downhill ski, and a softer one will be similar to a snowshoe.

The materials for the ski are sourced domestically in Michigan and are 100% recyclable. It's made of polypropylene, glass, silicone and brass. (MSRP $189)

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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