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Whats a Good Ski for Mount Baker?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Looking for some advice on a good ski for Mount Baker. I'm moving to the Bellingham area to go to school so I will spend a lot of time up at Baker. I was looking at their recent snow totals and their average snow fall and realized that its going to be a lot of powder skiing. And being a college student I probably won't make the drive up to Baker unless the skiing is good anyway.

 

I'm currently on a pair of Line Prophet Flites so they are 90mm in the waist. I was thinking about moving up to something like the Sir Francis Bacon (looking at next years model) or the Mr Pollard Opus. But open to other ideas. Looking for a good ski with probably 100+ waist. 

 

Any Advice?

 

Thanks smile.gif

post #2 of 10

Rossi S7s or JJ Armada...check out the site's top-ranked powder skis in the gear section.

post #3 of 10

I have no recommendations of skis, but I do have some Mt. Baker advice.  If you're planning on staying inbounds then don't get too charged over powder skis.  Make sure that what you pick excels in crud because the inbounds powder is destroyed by about 45 minutes after opening.  Good crud performance is needed to continue to ski for the rest of the day.  Also, there are plenty of days when there is little or no new snow so you need to be able to handle hard stuff too.  

 

A huge amount of the young skiers at Baker have wider rockers, but that's what's in vogue.  The other day I was using my skis which are 96 in the waist and they looked like pencils compared to what everyone else was skiing.  However, my skis seemed to work quite well in the nearly bottomless stuff and they also are fantastic in crud.  I'm not advocating that you not buy wide skis, but that you pick ones that work for the conditions you'll really get.

post #4 of 10

20+ years skiing Baker. The new Line Influence 105 will be worth a very close look.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

I have no recommendations of skis, but I do have some Mt. Baker advice.  If you're planning on staying inbounds then don't get too charged over powder skis.  Make sure that what you pick excels in crud because the inbounds powder is destroyed by about 45 minutes after opening.  Good crud performance is needed to continue to ski for the rest of the day.  Also, there are plenty of days when there is little or no new snow so you need to be able to handle hard stuff too.  

 

+1 for what Posaune wrote.  I ski Mt Hood (Oregon) and we get very similar snow as Mt Baker.  On a powder day, the snow will get cut up and tracked out within about 2 hours.

 

I'm not recommending the ski I use for a powder day, but it works well for me.  On those days, I ski the Head Super Mojo 105 (105mm waist), which is a little bit stiffer than what one would want for a true powder ski.  It has decent float, and as soon as the powder chopped up, its stiff enough to blast through the snow and not be deflected too much.

 

(FYI - I consider myself to be an advanced, not expert level skier.)

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the Input. I think iI"m gunna look for something around the 105 to 110 Range with rocker/early rise in the tip and then camber under foot

 

I'm not a very big guy 5'11 150lbs... So i'm not looking for a huge ski. Just something that will help me improve my skiing and hopefully be able to do some off piste/ backcountry around the MT Baker area. 

post #7 of 10

It's a lot of tighter terrain so my only recommendation is to get something relatively nimble and playful, regardless of the width you choose. It's also a place where it's pretty easy to run back to the car once things get tracked, so you could have a softer pow ski and then a better crudbuster for after lunch. The speeds will be more moderate and you won't be charging open lines like at, say, Whistler so keep that in mind.

 

Based on personal experience, the S7 fits the bill for a 1 ski Baker quiver - but it was a ski I enjoyed even when snow wasn't fresh. Others on this site will argue it's strictly a powder ski but it comes down to personal preference. There are other similar skis in that category that ski slightly differently based on your style, but that type of ski seems about right.

 

If you see yourself doing some backcountry/slackcountry eventually, mount them up with Dukes. You won't lose anything inbounds.

post #8 of 10

my op is to get 2 skis:

...one pair for those packed out days when there has been little or no snowfall (say in high 70s/low 80s in the waist)

and another wider waisted ski for good dump days in the widths suggested to you.

 

currently I have the atomic blackeye (2011 model with 123 shovel and 82 waist) and it's a good groomer ski but can also do quite well in 6" fresh snow.

...just also bought a pair if atomic access (100mm waist) for those truly good dump days of 20-40cm but also has a step down sidewall and supposedly quite good for groomers too

(though not ideal, of course).....i'm not (yet) a true very deep powder guy, hence didn't buy anything larger in the waist beyond 100m...would rather just rent

a really wide pair of boards for those bigger dump days for now.


Edited by canali - 3/25/11 at 7:21pm
post #9 of 10

Considering that you'l be a Baker local soon you might want to consider that you will be backcountry skiing a little. Baker has some of the easiest backcountry access (Shuksan Shoulder). The snowpack is alot safer avalanche wise compared to Colorado/Wyoming, but by all means dangerous. A great ski for sidecountry and deep baker snow are the K2 Obsetheds. Got tons of rocker and a hefty 117 underfoot. Still is a very manuverible ski on the hardpack and I think they come with Pre-cut skins.

post #10 of 10

powderhound 95 I agree on the Kz obsetheds...friend of mine is a baker freak and does the backcountry as well...he skies em and luvs them!

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