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Guys, one of my lady ski friends sent me this email:

 

I have Volkl Queen's now – I think the length is 172.  Other dimensions I don’t know offhand (119-87-111?) – but they are before the wider underfoot was popular.  (pair before were salomon scream 178 and pair before were atomic)

 

These skis have been great – they’re just getting worn out.  I’ve had a couple repairs made.

 

I’ve been looking at Volkl, Atomic, Salomon, & K2.  Was thinking about a little fatter middle to be able to handle powder better – but don’t want them to be powder skis.  Also – maybe a little more quickness, lighter turning.  Want them to be all mountain.  Especially handle in crud.  Like off piste and groomers – but more off piste than groom. I am 5'8" and 160lbs.

 

We ski mostly at Mammoth and Marie is a very good skier and can do pretty much all the mtn but some of the gnarlyer double blacks. Or maybe she knows I am a big puss and doesn't ski those when I am aroundwink.gif

I am such a Dynastar jong, that is would recommend  for what she wants. I just wanted some other opinions, as I always appreciate your 2 cents for this type of gear question.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 7

My mom just got a pair of Roxy alakazams an so far she likes them... They may be a little to narrow but overall pretty good!

You can find them here... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360317923451&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT 

They are this inexpensive because Roxy just became an independant company apart of rossi (i do believe) and went strictly snowboard.

Hope this helps!

post #3 of 7

Well, ignoring the original brand list, three things pop to mind for me. Thinnest to fattest:

 


Rossi S3
 
Praxis BC  (which I believe you know is a pretty darn good, pretty light powder friendly all-arounder)

 

DPS 112RP

 

I just do not see the point in going narrower than this general genre for an all-around, mostly off-piste, ski

post #4 of 7

If she liked the Queen Attivas, and you're skiing western, I'd be tempted to recommend the Volkl Aura. They're not powder specific skis, but they can handle it. I honestly view them as effectively an all mountain ski. They do everything but ice pretty well, and they CAN handle some ice with a good tune. 170 would be a good length. If she wants something a little more towards the piste side another ski worth considering is the Volkl Aurora as they will be a little better on ice and really cruddy conditions (a little more beef to these than the Auras).

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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post

Well, ignoring the original brand list, three things pop to mind for me. Thinnest to fattest:

 


Rossi S3
 
Praxis BC  (which I believe you know is a pretty darn good, pretty light powder friendly all-arounder)

 

DPS 112RP

 

I just do not see the point in going narrower than this general genre for an all-around, mostly off-piste, ski

I suggested the Dynastar Exclusive Eden's as I think that is the crud busting, but lively ski she is looking for. I suggested she look at a two ski purchase and the Praxis Back Country's in a 180 would be a awesome powder and tracked out conditions ski for her. The wider 112RP is to much ski for what she is looking for IMO. At Mammoth we do get some epic dumps, buy who is there to score, not us very often. So what is best most days is a mid 80/90 waist ski that is stiff enough to blow through crud and still turny enough to rail groomers and off piste from the top.
post #6 of 7

My wife and I are both Squaw brats but we do get to Mammoth for a week most years.  We would strongly encorage her to demo a pair of Salomons Geishas/Shoguns (same ski).  Save for graphics they are unchanged for next year and a great, great Mammoth ski.  The 174 cm (+/-) Salomon would be about 97 mm underfoot.

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I’ve been looking at Volkl, Atomic, Salomon, & K2.  Was thinking about a little fatter middle to be able to handle powder better – but don’t want them to be powder skis.  Also – maybe a little more quickness, lighter turning.  Want them to be all mountain.  Especially handle in crud.  Like off piste and groomers – but more off piste than groom. I am 5'8" and 160lbs.

 

OK.....answering the question as it was asked, I highlighted the key elements in the request.

 

Volkl Aura = Pretty stiff. While wider, it's maybe marginally better in pooder but not as quick or light as what she has.

Atomic Snoop/Elysian = Everything she is asking for

Salomon Geisha/Shogun = Everything she is asking for.

K2 Payback = Not much wider but a bit better in pow due to a tip rise and has a light and nimble feel.

 

SJ

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