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