I bought a pair of Altai Skis and mounted the bindings. So far, so good. My thought is that while I really like to ski in the winter, I sometimes snowshoe, just because I'm not that good of a skier. Frequently, on those trips, I will encounter conditions that are really good, and I think "I wish I had my skis right now". My hope is that these skis will essentially replace my snowshoes. Of course, this leads to the other problem. I may encounter steep or icy terrain, and wish I had regular snowshoes.
So, my hope is that I can create something that I can easily attach to these skis to put them into "snowshoe mode". In other words, I want to attach something that will make these stop sliding (or slide no more than regular snowshoes). My first thought is attaching ski crampons. I have no experience with ski crampons, so I'm not sure if they would make sense for this ski. I have NNN BC bindings mounted right now, over a wooden plate, which I imagine complicates things. I really don't know much about ski crampons, so if someone can offer me some advice related to that, then maybe I will just go that route.
My other thought is to just make something myself. After a fair amount of thought, I've come up with the following idea: Buy three sets of 3" (8 cm) chain. Attach the chain to straps, which are connected to buckles. When the going gets tough, I'll attach the buckles, with the chain underneath the ski. I'm concerned about messing up the bases and the edges, so I'm thinking I'll add some (tough) fabric to go in between the ski and the chain. My main concern with the design is to make sure the chain doesn't slip off the fabric and damage the ski base. Similarly, I don't want the strap to slide around to the top, thus having the chain make contact (even through the fabric) on the ski edges.
So, what do people think of this idea? Any other suggestions?