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Which skis should I bring to Squaw Valley later this February?

post #1 of 18
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I live in Vermont and have not skied Tahoe since about 1991, long before the new ski technology took hold.  I last skied there on a pair of 207cm Volkl Renntigers (my wife had Targas w.cracked edges!).

 

I am 6'1" and 225lbs and an advanced/expert skier (47 years old).  I have a pair of 2007 Head Monster 82 (green) skis (183 cm) and a pair of 2003 Nordica Beast 92TT skis (184cm).  I like both, but am only going to be able to bring one pair.  My buddies will be diving down runs off KT-22 and so on, and I'll be trying to keep up, but I will not spend as much time in the moguls as they will.  Any thoughts?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 18

The long term weather forecasters are currently saying Tahoe is likely to get dumped on frequently in the second half of February, so rent something nice and fat.

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The long term weather forecasters are currently saying Tahoe is likely to get dumped on frequently in the second half of February, so rent something nice and fat.


I like the way you think. Either ski would be fine because if we get the dumpage that TSG is talking about, you will want to dent/demo something big anyway. 

post #4 of 18

Keep checking http://tahoeweatherdiscussion.com/ for weather updates, but it looks like Tahoe will be getting new snow after the 14th (the groomers are pretty good right now , but powder would be much appreciated). I moved here from Cape Cod and my family to visit came earlier this month- they all rented skis once they got out here and were very happy with the demo packages they got from Tahoe Dave's in North Lake Tahoe. Have fun at Squaw! 

post #5 of 18

Something that is good in both wide-open bowls and crud (if it snows) and bumps (for the end of the day, or the bulk of the day if it hasn't snowed).  That Monster 82 is a great Tahoe ski if it hasn't snowed, but if there is new snow, you will want more width.  I don't know the Beast well enough to comment.  Something like a Watea 98 from Fischer, an MX98 from Kastle, a Sultan 94 from Dynastar, Sollie Shogun, Elan Spire would probably cover most skiing, save for a big day.  The snow there can be heavy and funky, so if you get more than 8-10" of new, you may want something 110+ width, although I skied Squaw with 12-16" of new on my 100mm Legend Pro Riders and they were fine too, so it all depends.  I have skied medium snow events with both the LPR's and wide (115+ skis) and the main requirement was to handle the bumps at the end of the day; a ski that sucks in crud and bumps won't be that much fun, as it gets tracked up pretty quickly.    

post #6 of 18

Squaw get mogul up very quick, unless it is groomer.
 

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  My buddies will be diving down runs off KT-22 and so on, and I'll be trying to keep up, but I will not spend as much time in the moguls as they will.  Any thoughts?

 

 

post #7 of 18

If it has not snowed by that time, your IM82 will be fine, if it snowed, you will be much better off with a 110+ ski preferably with an early rise (and decently stiff).  Its best to find a demo ski for the trip, or try to arrange for a local demo.  Remember- anything less than 100mm is considered carvers in Squallywood ;-)  Nowadays I use a 100mm ski for most days and a 115mm ski on powder days soft snow days.  In all honesty, dawgcatching's recommendations are spot on.   Keep in mind that Squaw powder gets skied out by 10:30am, so pick a ski that would be fun in cut-up snow. 

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The long term weather forecasters are currently saying Tahoe is likely to get dumped on frequently in the second half of February, so rent something nice and fat.




 


I just looked at the 15 day forecast this morning and hopefully it is correct as it shows snow showers starting on the 17th for the next week.
http://www.accuweather.com/us/ca/mammoth%2Dlakes/93546/forecast-details.asp?fday=11
post #9 of 18

Well, that's Mammoth.  Squaw is Olympic Valley, CA:

 

http://www.accuweather.com/us/ca/olympic-valley/96146/forecast-details.asp?fday=11

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Well, that's Mammoth.  Squaw is Olympic Valley, CA:

 

http://www.accuweather.com/us/ca/olympic-valley/96146/forecast-details.asp?fday=11


Nice and the Squaw temps look lower (more snow) than the Mammoth temps for the same period.

Just hoping for snow, as I will be in Tahoe starting the 19th for a week.

post #11 of 18

I would seriously consider buying something wider while you are there.  If you buy from a decent dealer there they will mount them for you so you can use them on your visit.  Then, drop them back at the shop on your way to the airport, and they can ship them to your house while you travel back on the plane.  That's where my souvenir money would go..

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^^^^ If there's powder. Above all, avoid Start Haus in Truckee, on the way to Squallywood. Depraved heartless types, full of advice that will cloud your mind, demos that will eat at your resolve. Some of them Even Post Here. You've been warned...

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^^^^ If there's powder.


What do you mean "If there's powder" !?! Of course there will be powder! We've been waiting for powder for a very long time in Tahoe and we can't have that kind of negative talk ruining things for us. There will be powder.

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The PHIL FACTOR...eek.gif. Never underestimate the Power of the Dark Side...
 

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^^^^ If there's powder. Above all, avoid Start Haus in Truckee, on the way to Squallywood. Depraved heartless types, full of advice that will cloud your mind, demos that will eat at your resolve. Some of them Even Post Here. You've been warned...

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^^^^ If there's powder.


What do you mean "If there's powder" !?! Of course there will be powder! We've been waiting for powder for a very long time in Tahoe and we can't have that kind of negative talk ruining things for us. There will be powder.

So far it is a big if.  Indeed the road to Squallywood goes through Starthaus, you have been warned.  
 

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I would seriously consider buying something wider while you are there.  If you buy from a decent dealer there they will mount them for you so you can use them on your visit.  Then, drop them back at the shop on your way to the airport, and they can ship them to your house while you travel back on the plane.  That's where my souvenir money would go..

Ask for "Philly Phil"   or "Mich Trish"wink.gif
 

post #17 of 18

  

I hope you have a wonderful time out in Tahoe. I still recommend renting "demo" quality skis while you are out here to avoid the hassle of bringin your own gear and potentially having it not suit conditions (powder). Bring your own boots and many shops will charge less for skis/poles package. Squaw Valley Prom is a crazy party on Sat Feb 26 and I think the Joe King Poker Tourny at Biltmore is Feb 20. Good comedy show at crystal bay casino on feb 22 too.  

 

Based on what Dave's has in stock and what I have heard back from customers, here are some of my ski recommendations for mens skis for Tahoe late- Feb 2011: (assumes powder, but good all mountain rec's)

Dynastar: Sultan 94 (132-94-118) Wood/Metal w/ tip rocker. “The Sultan 94 easily handles power, blasts through crud, and lays arcs in the hard pack” – Powder

K2: Sidestash(139-108-127) Wood/Metal w/ tip rocker. “Fat one ski quiver ski that shreds in any condition” – Powder

Line:

Prophet 100 (134-100-125) Wood/Metal Twin tip. A stiffer version of the 115, with traditional camber and 100 at the waist. A one ski quiver all mt ski.

 

volkl:

Gotama(137-106-122) Wood w/ tip rocker. “A versatile tool for powder and crud, even carves on soft groomers” – Ski

Mantra(133-96-116) Wood/Metal. “Fast, smooth, stable GS turner, predictable charger” – Freeskier. A one ski quiver for Tahoe.

 

Solamon: Shogun (130-101-120) Wood/Bamboo w/ tip rocker. “ Light, Energetic, and easy to control. Western one ski quiver” – Skiing

Praxis: Freeride (133-107-124) Wood w/ tip rocker. Powerful all mt ski, plows through powder, crud and soft snow. Made in Lake Tahoe!

Rossignol: S7 (145-115-123)Wood, Rocker. “ A versatile fat ski for powder, chopped up crud, big or short turns, easy to ski it all.” – Powder

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

post #18 of 18

Forecast IS changing for the better next week....I predict great conditions coming up.

 

Start Haus has a slew of demos's available including the 2012 Salomon BBR (as of right now), our demos are are not typical "high performance rentals" but actually sales tools. We keep these tuned to perfection because we use these to sell new skis. Stop in and see Tric, SierraJim or myself for special Epic considerations. 

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