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Everyday ski for Europe

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My current skis are the 186 Lhasa Pow (112mm) and the 185 Praxis Powderboards (136mm reverse/reverse). I'll be living in Grenoble next year, so I'll be leaving my Praxis at home and looking to get a 90-100mm underfoot ski for everyday skiing. I'm 5'11, 140lbs but tend to like stiffer skis. Still, I don't want something that'll be a lot of work to ski.

 

I'm mostly looking for something that will have excellent edge hold in exposed, icy areas and do well at speed through crud. However, since they'll be my everyday skis, the ability to handle groomers and bumps without killing me is also important. 

 

I've spent the last few years learning everything there is to know about fat skis, but I'm kind of clueless about anything under 100mm.

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Get s.th. shaped like a Völkl Mantra, Blizzard Titan Zeus, Fischer Watea 98, Dynastar Legend 94 ect. and you're all set.

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I know it's going to be a ski like the ones you've mentioned, but are there actually many distinguishing factors between them?

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Black Crows? Nice local Indy boards
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Originally Posted by Skeeze View Post

I know it's going to be a ski like the ones you've mentioned, but are there actually many distinguishing factors between them?


I haven't skied all of them so I can't comment on every single feature. But all share a flex on the stiffer side along with torsional rigidity which is what you described you are looking for. For further details you won't get around demoing them - which you can still do once you arrived at this side of the pond.

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Howdy Skeez....I just spent two years in Europe (mostly France) and gotta say the conditions are often windcrust, blower-pack, wind-buff and old-snow (especially this year..no snow) off the groomed tracks, with the occasional powder day if you watch the weather carefully and have a local guide you ply with beer and wine. I found the most practical all-terrain skis were 90-100mm, cambered underfoot, somewhat stiffer than you might otherwise think if you like speed and power through the crud and odd surface conditions. Of course, keep your powder boards for those special days..and of course, pack a race-carver since carving is still a very popular pastime on-piste when there's no freshies to be found.  I really liked the skis by Kevin Beane at  RipnWud (http://www.ripnwood.com/), and you can check out his skis and talk to him near Chamonix (Ville La Grande).

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