Originally Posted by ghostrider23233
As always, I get the best info here and really appreciate all of your feedback. I'm 6'2 and 215#, advanced skier, and ski Blizzard The Ones with a Griffon binding and Enforcer boot here in Colorado.
I absolutely love the Blizzards - great, great ski!!! However, maybe it's me, maybe it's the ski, but they are not great on super hardpack and ice/icy conditions. They wash out (tail slides considerably) in turns and I'm not a fan of that. Once again, this is not to be interpreted that they are a bad ski - these are great for what they were built to do!
With that said, could you all recommend a few skis that would be great for those extremely hardpack and icy days? Kendos appear to be the leader in my mind but that's why I am here asking you experts. A bonus in the ski would be when snow comes in for the day and I can get off trail and the ski handles it decently.
Thanks all !
I just sold an Epicskier a pair of Fischer Motive 84's for just that situation (Winter Park, firm bumps, no new snow conditions) to add to her quiver, which consisted primarily of wide skis. She found it to be just the ticket (see her review; Segbrown is the user handle, review is 2/3 of the way down the thread: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/99308/2011-fischer-motive-84-and-motive-80-full-length-reviews )
Also, for people in your position, customers of mine (this season) have been very happy on the kastle MX78 or MX88, Elan Apex, Dynastar Sultan 85, Blizzard Magnum 8.1, Blizzard Magnum 8.7, Stockli XXL and VXL, Elan 82Xti Waveflex. Outside of those skis, I would recommend the Kendo from Volkl , Nordica HR Jet Fuel i-Core, and Salomon Enduro as some of the better ones that I have skied.
If you like the Blizzard feel, you can get the Magnum 8.1 and be VERY happy (I own the 8.1 and have skied The One quite a bit; we it in our demo). That ski rips: it holds better than The One, seems to have a more even flex in bumps, is more stable, and better in bumps (downsides are mostly in choppy, off-piste conditions compared to The One: it is more demanding, no doubt in those conditions). The One and the 8.1 make a very versatile 2-ski quiver that covers most conditions.
The other skis, I would rate in terms of bump performance:
-Very good: Stockli VXL, Stockli XXL, Elan Apex, Sollie Enduro, Fischer Motive 84
-Good: Elan 82Xti, Magnum 8.1 and 8.7, Sultan 85, Kastle MX78 and MX88, Nordica Jet Fuel, Volkl Kendo (most of these are a touch stiffer than the others)
You out-weigh me by quite a bit, and expect that you would find some of the stiffer skis just fine in bumps as well.
Good luck with your search.
What I look for from a ski in that situation is that it is nimble, stable, has some power on firm snow (more fun that way) but doesn't push me around in bumps or off-piste. All of those skis do this to some degree, although a few I found to be better than the others.