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Will my ski gear work out west in Canada-British Columbia (Whistler)?

post #1 of 17
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I wanted to go to the rockies to ski (canada- british columbia - Wistler), and apparently I heard they have craploads of powder. Apparently they aren't built for powder.  I've never ski'd powder, so I wouldn't know. What would you guys recommend? will it change my performance much? (I dont' know i only ever had one pair of skis)  will the fact that they are longer make up for it a bit?

In terms of experience level, I'm a decent skiier, go 3-4 times per year; I can do moguls and some glades, and can usually do any difficulty run without falling (here in the east coast at least - i.e. Vermont)).
 
Basically i'm trying to figure out if i'll be able to ski tree runs at whistler with these skis to a decent degree.  It would suck if I haul them there and realize they are completely unusable off regular runs.  Thank you!
post #2 of 17

Arrowx7, those are a bit narrow under foot as compared to what many in Whistler will be skiing (some may even be on skis almost twice as wide as yours!). That doesn't mean that you can't ski the terrain and conditions, of course, but it may mean that it will be more challenging than it would otherwise be. Your skis will sink more, and you'll want to be sure to use powder cords or some other method if you're skiing powder to make sure you don't lose those skis...!

 

Of course, you can always rent a pair of high-end demo wide skis, too, and see what you think about them. Any of the ski shops in the village will have a number for you to choose from... Try 'em!

post #3 of 17

Will they work? Yeah, sorta.  Well?  umm, ahh, umm, they'll be OK depending on what you want to do.

 

They won't be completely great "off regular runs", being very narrow and for sure they don't bare any resemblance to powder skis, but Whistler isn't a powder paradise anyway, with heavy damp snow being far more common.

 

Should you take them out? Well, depends on what the airline charges you versus what you could rent something for, as you could undoubtedly get something at least as good at the rental shop for $25 / day.

 

If you really like them take them and you can always rent something better for powder days.

post #4 of 17

No, they will explode.

post #5 of 17

^^^^What he said. They lose about a dozen people a year that way. Terrible carnage as you slide over to the glaciers...

post #6 of 17

Don't listen to them.  They'll work just fine for you in most conditions you'll encounter at Whistler.

post #7 of 17

^^^^What he said. (This time seriously, sorry I couldn't resist.) At worst, you'll have to do some serious unweighting if you end up on the backside. But the trails can get fairly icy, actually. (And because you'll be skiing a mile of vertical, you'll go through several weather zones. I've been in the rain at the bottom, broken clouds and refrozen in the middle, fresh snow at the top.)

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback guys.  That was very helpful.  I think i'll take them into the hill, and maybe one of the days rent one of the demo skis.  

Does anyone else ski thin skis with a deep sidecut in glades? 

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I wanted to go to the rockies to ski (canada- british columbia - Wistler), and apparently I heard they have craploads of powder. Apparently they aren't built for powder.  I've never ski'd powder, so I wouldn't know. What would you guys recommend? will it change my performance much? (I dont' know i only ever had one pair of skis)  will the fact that they are longer make up for it a bit?

In terms of experience level, I'm a decent skiier, go 3-4 times per year; I can do moguls and some glades, and can usually do any difficulty run without falling (here in the east coast at least - i.e. Vermont)).
 
Basically i'm trying to figure out if i'll be able to ski tree runs at whistler with these skis to a decent degree.  It would suck if I haul them there and realize they are completely unusable off regular runs.  Thank you!


I think they would be fine for skiing powder...if you already knew how to ski powder.  However you said you've never skied powder, so it's skinny waste as opposed to other skis available will hinder you a little.  The fatter skis do make powder skiing easier.  But if you threw an experienced skier whom probably learned to ski powder on similar skis in the first place on something similar, he'd do fine.

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Originally Posted by Arrowx7 View Post

Thanks for the feedback guys.  That was very helpful.  I think i'll take them into the hill, and maybe one of the days rent one of the demo skis.  

Does anyone else ski thin skis with a deep sidecut in glades? 



I would suggest that you not worry too much about glades.  The skiing is different in Whistler than in Vermont and while there are great gladed areas, they are not the main part of the Whistler experience.  I suspect that you'll find yourself skiing huge open bowls and faces with no trees anywhere around a lot more than you'll find yourself in glades.  Try Harmony and Symphony on Whistler and 7th Heaven at Blackcomb for a great open slope experience.  Have fun!

 

As others have noted, if your skis aren't right for the conditions, rent.  That way you can try something new.  I'll bet that yours will work fine for you in most circumstances at WB.

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

cool, thanks guys.  I'll give my skis a shot, probably would require good technique, but i'm up for a challenge.

post #12 of 17

They will be fine - they are what you know and are comfortable on so that it is a good start. There are plenty of shops that rent if you want wider skis. To be honest you are better off having a lesson on a good powder day so that you are developing technique to ski powder well rather tahn relying on equipment.

 

You did not say when you are planning on going to Whistler.

post #13 of 17

Never worry about what skis to bring to Whistler as there is  no shortage of rental shops and hi end demo's to be had in the Village at the bases. About $35 for  hi performance (skis only)  And its never a bad idea to try to match the skis to the conditions. Just always remember at Whistler you will ski in several micro climates and a huge range of conditions between the peak bowls and  valley. For those who want to save a buck Can-ski has  also absolutely free demo tents usually set up in the alpine - just bring a credit card for security deposit and your boots and poles- usually open about 9:30 on both Blackcomb and  Whistler located fairly close to the Peak to Peak terminals,  The best models always go first but there is likely something worth trying. And they might prove to be a keepers. Does not take too long to set up the binding, and sign your life away for liability then your good for a least a couple of hours, bring them back and try another pair. 

post #14 of 17
I can't follow your link, so I have no idea what your skis are.

A few years back I skied a week at Whistler on skis that were designed specifically for carving on groomed, and did OK. Were I to go back, I'd want something more geared towards soft snow, but what you have will work. Chances are, something else will work better, but depending on the weather and where on the mountain you decide to ski, that something else may vary.

Your link says something about "all mountain freeride" so your skis may be in the ballpark. I'd bring your boards and think about renting demos while you're there.
post #15 of 17

Uh, guys, his post is from last January...

post #16 of 17
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Uh, guys, his post is from last January...


I guess we never got a trip report because his skis exploded. (c:
post #17 of 17

oops  i really should check best before dates. But thought anything that old would be eliminated. Maybe that's why this site seems so slow.

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