I'm looking to buy a 3rd ski to complete my mini-quiver, in the 95mm-110mm (+/-) range.
Here are my stats:
- 5'10", 175-180lb, 39 years young, athletic
- Current skis: Stockli Laser SX, Kastle MX88 (and a pair of Rossi Bandits that I don't really use anymore)
- Advanced/Expert skier (would not qualify myself as a full-on expert because I know I have room for improvement)
- Generally an aggressive skier, but also appreciate some easy-going cruising runs with my wife
- Ski a combination of eastern & western mountains
- Ski all types of terrain except bumps, unless they are covered in tons of fresh snow and surrounded by trees
- Love to ski powder (who doesn't), but realistically I don't run into too many epic pow days based on my schedule (just the luck of the draw)
- Equally happy skiing in wide-open bowls, to skiing in tighter/technical tree runs or chutes
In this new ski, I am looking for a big mountain ski that is versatile, comfortable in turns of varying radii, playful, handle the occasional powder day (when the planets align), nimble enough to use in trees, confident on steeps, also be somewhat comfortable on the groomers, deal well with crud or crusty wind-blown stuff, and stable at speed in open bowl runs. I don't want a ski that is single-purpose (for instance, powder-only). Due to my location and work schedule, I rarely, if ever, encounter those "perfect" days where a near-single-purpose ski is warranted. Heck, I think my wishlist is virtually impossible to match, but I can dream, can't I?
Skis I am considering are:
- Kastle MX108
- Kastle MX98
- DPS Wailer 112RP
- Stockli Stormrider Pro
- Blizzard The One (with masking tape to cover the teeny-bopper graphics...what is it with ski manufacturers these days?)
In all likelihood I will try to demo before buying, but that is often tricky, particularly with certain skis that are semi-unobtanium for demo purposes in my area. That said, I'd really like to narrow down my prelim search to just a few skis, and possibly zero-in on one or two skis that I will hunt for demo.
I have read Dawg's 100mm and Big Mountain review threads, and that definitely gives me some great direction (as most of his reviews do). And yes, I have used the search function, and I know it is my friend. But given my personal stats and what I am looking for, any recommendations for a ski that I should consider or try? Should I nix any on my list, given that you feel my wishlist won't favorably align with the characteristics of a certain ski? I'm hoping some of the gear guru's on this forum can help me!
Much thanks. I know the EpicSki community gets peppered with these types of threads ("what ski should I buy..."), so I humbly apologize in advance for being one of "those guys".