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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

This is a completely unscientific poll, but I'm curious what people are seeing as the most popular new models at their local resorts.

 

In Vail, this seems to be the K2 Rictor & Aftershock and the Sutlan series skis. Most look like rentals and am not seeing a ton of locals on them.

post #2 of 18

I was shocked to see so many Kastles at Aspen/Snowmass, MX88, LX82, FX94...all in rental fleets. When I was there, I felt like I was on rentals when I was skiing mine...but I am sure mine were tuned much better wink.gif.  Joking aside, many of these skis ARE indeed rentals (HP demos), around Tahoe, a lot of the K2's mentioned, Volkl AC series (and (Gotama's galore), Dynastar Sultans..ect..look at the bindings...a good amount ARE "hired" skis. 

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Kastles are still VERY uncommon at Vail

 

Am seeing lots of Mantras too- and have for years. On powder days, Ross s7/BC110 appears to be most popular.

post #4 of 18

New models as in fairly new designs, then it's the S7. new models as in anything 2011, the Shogun/ Geisha and the Mantra/ Aura.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I was shocked to see so many Kastles at Aspen/Snowmass, MX88, LX82, FX94...all in rental fleets. 

Have you walked around town and looked at the mink parkas? Still shocked? 

 

Back here, fair number of new S6's, S3's on the off-to-the-woods crews and on patrol folks. Some Prophet sightings. Bunches of Blizzards (everything from FIS spec to Supersonics) on racers, speed demons on piste. Titan Atlases can be found on dads of racers, coaches, even some rental shops. Some Dynastar Course Ti's and Cross Ti's, a couple of the Exclusives. Surprising number of Rossi 80's and 82's; have to say for around here, Rossi seems to be the happiest brand out there cuz also second most popular racing ski for J's here. Fair number of the Atomic platform carvers (D2's etc.) A few new Sollie Tornados and Enduros. And an oddity: We've always had some midfat Elans floating around on feet of good skiers, patrol types. Still true, so a few pair of 82's sighted. Rare on civilians. 

 

One lone pair of MX78's so far this season, Phil, other than mine. But we don't have Native American hand woven hats, either, so we don't really count.

 

Rentals seem to be narrower K2's or Volkls, but few new K2's on the slope that belong to skiers. Maybe coupla Luv's, but I don't keep track of which swirly graphic goes with which year. Handful of new Mantras, coupla new Kendos and Auras seen, one new Grizzly I can recall, not much sign of narrower Volkls for either sex. 

 


 

post #6 of 18

Lots of Rossi's up here in NY, the new K2's are getting more popular too -- Kastle also is making a large showing this year.  The whole rental fleet is pretty much Elan, but it seems no one else skis Elans.

post #7 of 18

Rictor and Aftershock are the top 2 selling skis in the PNW this year.  They consist of many of the new skis I see on the hill around here (most popular ski is still a Sollie X-scream from 2001).  A few more Blizzards (mostly The One, 8.7's, 8.1's, a random Answer), almost zero Kastles (we are the only PNW dealer), a smattering of Volkls (Mantra and Kendo are especially popular), and from Rossi, I see alot of S3's (S7's on pow days).

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I was shocked to see so many Kastles at Aspen/Snowmass, MX88, LX82, FX94...all in rental fleets. When I was there, I felt like I was on rentals when I was skiing mine...but I am sure mine were tuned much better wink.gif



Wow, that is pretty cool.  People see the prices on the Kastles on the wall here, and are speechless.  "$1180 for a ski? I got my whole setup at Dicks for $299!"  Or, the ever popular "at that price, it better have a motor attached" which applies to both skis and bikes.  I sold a $9000 Liquigas Team SuperSix Hi-Mod from Cannondale last weekend, and had customers drooling over it, saying "wow, that must be like a thousand dollar bike", then watched them hit the floor when I told them "try $9,000, the wheels alone are $2800".  

 

In Aspen, it would have been like "only $9,000"? I spent more on my 4-year old's birthday party!"   

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I was shocked to see so many Kastles at Aspen/Snowmass, MX88, LX82, FX94...all in rental fleets. 


If Kaestles ski as well as you and others say, then the company's best promotional tool is going to get people actually trying them (especially those who could ultimately afford them -- thus a rental fleet in Aspen). It's a lot easier for a consumer to justify the extra cost if they have first-hand experience that has shown the product to be superior. I just made a "duh" statement, didn't I.

post #10 of 18

Lot's of S7's,JJ's and lot's of ON3P Billygoats, Caylor's Wren's and Vicik's. I stood in line once with 2 other's on Caylor's, and rode a lift with 2 other people on ON3P's.

 

The brand is getting out.

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Lot's of S7's,JJ's and lot's of ON3P Billygoats, Caylor's Wren's and Vicik's. I stood in line once with 2 other's on Caylor's, and rode a lift with 2 other people on ON3P's.

 

The brand is getting out.



I have ridden up the lift with 3 other guys on ON3P skis here at Bachelor-they are probably more common up at Hood (one of my buddies has the Billy Goat: I mounted them up, and then it promptly stopped snowing, so I haven't even seen him on the hill since).  Another friend has a pair, but we have different BSL's, so I haven't tried those.  Then again, it has been hard snow, narrow ski conditions for what seems like weeks, everyone is dusting off the race skis right now. 

 

I was hoping to take a few ON3P skis up to the hill, but haven't been to Portland in nearly a month.  Time to make a coffee geek/ON3P test day road trip to PDX/Ski Bowl when it starts snowing again!

 

Probably the most common skis on the hill the past 2 weeks (on the weekdays, when the locals ski at least) were Head iSL RD's, i-Supershapes, Fischer WC GS and WC SL's, Blizzi SLR and GSR's, lots of Rossi and Dynastar race laminates.....I certainly was enjoying the Stockli SX the past couple of days.

 

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post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

Lot's of S7's,JJ's and lot's of ON3P Billygoats, Caylor's Wren's and Vicik's. I stood in line once with 2 other's on Caylor's, and rode a lift with 2 other people on ON3P's.

 

The brand is getting out.



I have ridden up the lift with 3 other guys on ON3P skis here at Bachelor-they are probably more common up at Hood (one of my buddies has the Billy Goat: I mounted them up, and then it promptly stopped snowing, so I haven't even seen him on the hill since).  Another friend has a pair, but we have different BSL's, so I haven't tried those.  Then again, it has been hard snow, narrow ski conditions for what seems like weeks, everyone is dusting off the race skis right now. 

 

I was hoping to take a few ON3P skis up to the hill, but haven't been to Portland in nearly a month.  Time to make a coffee geek/ON3P test day road trip to PDX/Ski Bowl when it starts snowing again!


They're not making it out of OR all that well yet.  Other than when Rowen was up here at Stevens with some demo skis, I think I've only noticed one pair of Wrens out there.  There are a ton of S7's kicking around Stevens, though.

post #13 of 18

When you like or own a ski you tend to notice it, skewing your perception of what skis are popular on the hill. the question, what is the 'most common' skis, would hardly be answered by listing some esoteric models you like personally, or models your friends like also due to a common frame of reference. For example, S7 is an accurate and truthful answer. Models that are beginning to appear on the hill (lots?) do not yet fit the description of the OP's question.

post #14 of 18

I see lots of line skis up north. mostly the 115. Hellbents and Xwings seem very popular also. The S3 more than the S7,s. There,s lots of Atomic and Dynastars but would say more Dynastars than Atomcs. Never seen an Elan or Kastle ever up hear? Volkl seems to be more popular this season than last. The Grizz and AC30 being the most popular. With the instructors mostly Volkl AC and Atomic D2 with the odd Nordica Doberman in the mix. A few Armada JJ,s floating around also at the local hills. Mid 90,s to well over 100mm waisted skis are becoming more popular also but pretty much in the brands mentioned. One skinny ski ive seen quite alot of in the last 10 outings is the Rossi Carbon. B2 or B3 I think there called. The ones with the flatish tip shovels. All on Level 3 guys. Level 3 is about a Level 8 or so USA term with level 4 being the highest ranked Instructors in Canada. Might be a level 5 but never heard of one?  40cm comming tonight so should be a big fat ski day Sunday.icon14.gif Im the only guy with a pair of Harts still hear. Unless they decide to accually maket them for sale at shops i will most likely always be the only one.rolleyes.gif

post #15 of 18

My last two days out I have seen more old straight skis than anything new.  I have yet to see another pair of Kastles on anyone.  Rossi S3's pop up once in a while, but I definitely saw more of them in Utah than back here on the EC. 

post #16 of 18
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My last two days out I have seen more old straight skis than anything new.  I have yet to see another pair of Kastles on anyone.  Rossi S3's pop up once in a while, but I definitely saw more of them in Utah than back here on the EC. 



My dad has Kastles but they are crazy old straight ski Kastles... I never knew Kastle was such a good ski till I looked online here and I was like, wow dad really got the good stuff 25 years ago...

post #17 of 18

I've been noticing alot of BentChetlers, JJ's and S7's.  I think I only notice them though because it looks so weird when people ski them 3 weeks after a storm.  Can't say I've noticed what the latest trend is of people who don't care what they look like.

post #18 of 18

Just saw a first pair of ON3Ps at Squaw (Viciks).   I am surprised that with all the buzz they have not made it to Tahoe. Think what you want about it, but Mantra/Gotama/Katana seem to be by far the most popular line of skis.  I am also seeing more and more Blizzard skis in the lift line.  

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