Skis We Like: Madshus Annum

The Annum from Madshus confuses some skiers. Is it a Telemark ski? It could even pass for an alpine backcountry ski.

In fact it is a nordic ski unlike any other. Madshus refers to it as a light backcountry touring ski – a hybrid of “cross-country downhill”. It is made for unpredictable backcountry terrain where one minute you’re climbing, and the next you’re barrelling through glades. The deep sidecut, carbon reinforcement and metal edge ease you into flawless, controlled turns, while the 78mm waist and wide tip can navigate powder handily. All this, and you can kick, glide and climb with the best, thanks to the Omnitrak NoWax base.

Though not technically a Tele ski, some use it with a Tele setup, but it’s designed for a nordic backcountry setup. We tested it with the new Vidda BC boot and Rottefella binding. This setup lends versatility for Eastern backcountry, allowing you to tour, climb, kick, and tackle downhill. Stay clear of groomed nordic ski areas with these puppies – they’re too fat for the trackset. These skis are for blazing your own trails.

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Madshus, the Norwegian master ski makers, have been at it since 1906. Here’s an early solid wood ski: