No. Even if you could, it probably isn't faster due to all the fiddling and you have to take your boot out of the binding anyways to change from ski to climb mode. Wait...
Do competitors have to analyze avalanche conditions during the race?
The courses typically take place at controlled ski areas (in North America) or are approved by guides (in Europe) so that competitors from first place to last place just have to focus on racing and not navigation or safety. As well, the course is set in advance. Wait...
Wouldn't that be interesting though, "you can centrepunch that steep, crossloaded, slope if you want and you'll be 5 minutes faster!".
I'm a hotshot nordic skier. Can I try a race on my skate skis?
If your glutes can handle 1500m of herring bone climbing on ungroomed terrain, keep your skis from snapping into pieces, grip hard snow with no metal edges and soft boots, and trust that little metal bar to stay on your boot and in the binding on double black ski terrain then be my guest. But it's a terrible idea. And it's against the rules.
|How well are those plastic edges, and boots with no for-aft support doing?|
What's with the skin tight suits? Don't they get cold?
Only if you stop moving!
How long is a race?
Typically the first finisher is done in 1hr 30mins to 1hr 45minutes.
No, I mean how far do you cover?
The target goal for setting a course is more based around elevation gain. 1500-1700m of vertical. The overall distance isn't that important, but is usually 12-17km.
12km? That's it? That doesn't sound very impressive.