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Marquette Backcountry
Ski - 2021

3.6 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews

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Marquette Backcountry Ski

The Marquette Backcountry Ski is perhaps the easiest way to get out and enjoy winter's wonderful weather more comfortably. It has a similar feel to snowshoes on flat and semi-steep terrain, and can ride down soft, deep snow somewhat like a powder ski. There's a fishscale-like pattern on the base that assists with grip when the trail gets a little steep, and the fishscales don't interfere with downhill riding at all. Marquette built it out of the same blow-molded plastic as kayaks for outdoors-worthy durability, and threaded brass inserts and included bolts for 3-pin cross country bindings. Depending on the binding, you can wear Nordic boots or more casual footwear so anyone can use this affordable ski.


  • Part snowshoe, part ski for winter backcountry exploration
  • Short, wide platform climbs up and down deep, snow-covered terrain
  • Blow-molded plastic has a durable, stiff feel
  • Compatible with standard cross-country 3-pin bindings
  • Fishscale-patterned base grips when the terrain gets icy or semi-steep
  • Item #MQB0002
150 / 130 / 140mm
blow-molded plastic
polypropylene plastic, glass, silicone
polypropylene plastic
Claimed Weight
9lb 4oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 5 ratings

Review Summary

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4 out of 5 stars

January 9, 2022

Appears to be discontinued

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
5' 5"

After last winter's significant snowfall at the Jersey shore and limited pandemic snowboarding trips, I researched options to take advantage of the hilly parks we have here on the dry side of the county. This led me to the Marquette, and while winter is off to a slow start in the Northeast, we did get 4" here, which was enough. I took the skis out for a test in a nearby park and the equipment met my expectations. I have a splitboard, and performance is similar--not the greatest backcountry ski. But, perfect for taking advantage of local snowfall on a hill--backyard adventures. I was going to buy my husband a pair (they passed the test), but it looks like these skis are no longer available. I suspect this is a consequence of a trademark dispute with Needless to say, I am very disappointed. The manufacture should have called these skis "Backyard" and we wouldn't be here today.

Lindsay K
4 out of 5 stars

February 23, 2021

love these skis

I've put it through the wringer
5' 5"

These skis are just the right fit for my adventures on the farm. Like another reviewer - Leo - I am a backwoods Pennsylvania explorer. I am fortunate to go out my door and traipse through vineyards and woods and these skis are just the ticket. Not much glide to them but I am not getting all tangled up in brush when I go through the woods, as I did with my old long narrow skis. I purchased Rottefella bindings and made a quick run to the hardware store for a couple of longer screws to secure them - the included ones with the skis were all short and the front of the binding needed a deeper reach. I've never been on groomed trails and I don't think these would be a good fit but they are just right for blazing your own trail.

Deborah P
5 out of 5 stars

February 11, 2021

Ultimate bushwhacker

I've put it through the wringer

I'm a Pennsylvania backwoods skier. Yes that is a thing. The snow pack is dense. The lines are short, steep and strewn with all manner of unpleasantness. The Marquette cuts through it all. Are they as fast as a a traditional ski? No Can they hold an edge on ice? No This is a ski that gets me out in anything but boilerplate. They don't have edges to rip out on rocks. Go ahead and ski or climb over them. Short and fat mean they float and turn with ease whether tele or parallel. The aggressive fishscales grip when climbing over logs. They cost less than a pair of skins which would be destroyed in a day. Relax your mind and the fun will follow or you can sit indoors and troll. Choose fun. I'm using scarpa t1 or T2 with voile mountaineers (bare). (This is my 2nd pair. I got them to loan)

Leo O
4 out of 5 stars

February 8, 2021

Great for what they're intended for

I've put it through the wringer

Please take the earlier reviewer's with a grain of salt. These are NOT for hardpack, there is no edge. This is NOT a replacement for a true AT setup. This is great for low snow areas that get a big dump over grass/rock/whatever to get some fun turns if the terrain is relatively steep. Indestructible plastic and heavy, but great for a close to home adventure if you have the terrain, relatively steep terrain. 3-pin and a telemark boot work great for me. Video attached this is one of the better examples of what these are fun for. Limited terrain adventures close to home in 6"+ of soft snow or consolidated but soft.

Michael P
1 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2021

Marquette Backcountry is an untested pro

I've put it through the wringer
5' 7"

I bought a set of these skis a few months ago and after it snowed I took them out. I tried going uphill first on hard pack snow up a very mellow slope, to my surprise the skis had no grip even though it was barely an up hill. Then I got off the hard pack into deep soft snow, still barely uphill and again the skis could not get any grip they just will not go uphill, so I took them off and hiked uphill on my feet found a way steeper slope, put the skis on and tryed to go downhill. The skis would not go downhill in soft snow as well as hard snow. Apparently while the scales were not enough to grip uphill they were enough to prevent the ski from sliding downhill. To summarize this product will not work in any environment and in conditions. The site makes me select at least one star to post the review but in reality it gets no star at all. Also I could not get my money back for this untested product because I bought them more than 30 days ago.

Maximilian I