chickentikka wrote:Should I bring randonne boots and skis separate from my mountaineering boots?
If you are focussing
on skiing, definitely bring ski boots. Unless you are particularly planning to focus on skiing, you will most likely only want skis up to 11 camp. From there, carrying your sled and pack is hard (at times) even just on foot. There ARE good sections to ski on the normal route higher than 11k, but it may be wise to only plan on bringing your skis with you above 11k if you are going to dedicate a day or two to ski those pieces without sleds (for fun). If you are a good skier, I recommend this. If your focus is climbing, not skiing, I wouldn't bother bringing them above 11k.
That said, it IS doable to do the normal route without snowshoes or skis. Is it worth the weight to bring them? probably not. The track will be wanded, packed down, and will have guided traffic 'with snowshoes on' for days that are snowing that will pack down the path for you. Remember that its 24 hour light up there, so you can create a schedule that will help you take advantage of other group's footwork.
Going down on skis is hard with a sled and you will struggle. Be sure to add 'sled brakes' for the descent. Sled brakes are typically made of cordage or rope tied near the front of your sled that you can pull down so a neat loop fits under the sled to drag its speed down. These have knots on them typically.
As a side note, bring less food and fuel than you think you'll need. ALL groups try to dump food on their way out, just ask around as need at the different camps, particularly 14k.