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Winter Park--Can I get away with 66mm + 72mm???

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I'm debating which additional ski to take to Winter Park with me on top of my race skis, which I probably won't want to ski much the first couple days aside from racing.

 

I have no idea what other ski to bring.  They both suck... 165 cm Fischer Progressor 7+ and 170 cm K2 Apache Raider.  The progressors suck marginally less, however they are 72mm at waist, and not suited at all to "soft snow" or "off-piste."  K2s are 78mm at waist, and though they suck, are designed for 50% soft-snow/off-piste skiing.

 

Not sure what the chances are there of a storm that comes after the snow-cats are able to groom the snow on the groomers?

 

 

If any of you had my pathetic quiver to choose from, which ski would you take as the second ski?

post #2 of 12

Things always vary...but for me, when I think spring, I think "slushy bumps".

post #3 of 12

I'd go with the K2's just because the 7's don't do so hot in springish stuff

post #4 of 12

Why not demo?

 

If not, another vote for the K2.

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Thanks guys... the K2s ended up working good enough, and with all the snow the 7+ skis would have sucked.  After four snowy days at WP, I can appreciate why alot of western skiers free-ski 90+mm rockered skis.  You really need that to actually carve over the crud that develops there even on the groomers with extra snow.  I suppose a really fat full-camber would work, but a little rocker in the tip would be best going over the cut-up powder.  When the crud was too deep, I had to smear my K2s (instead of carve), and it was brutal on my quads.  It would be awesome to have a ski that would just sail through that crap without wimping out.

 

Except for empty DEEP days, it seems for west in-bounds that crud is the name of the game.

 

Demo?  Haha, a guy like me from midwest needs to be spending most of the vacations out west skiing, and not filling out paperwork for demos.  But I was tempted to demo something.  Maybe next time...

post #6 of 12

How did you go in the Nastar?

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It was cool standing next to Jimmy Cochran and Steve Nyman.

 

Elevation sickness and a concussion weren't cool.


Edited by Vitamin Ski - 6/15/11 at 7:44pm
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Maybe next year I'll feel comfortable hitting the throttle on this monster of a NASTAR course.  My padded GS suit and Slytech back protector didn't diminish my fear the least bit.  This was a big jump from any NASTAR daily course I ran.

 

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Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW View Post

 

getting some balls

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I'm rambling so by all means ignore me. If you want to step up to that, start skiing whatever ski you race on in all conditions. Consider it training.
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I'm rambling so by all means ignore me. If you want to step up to that, start skiing whatever ski you race on in all conditions. Consider it training.


On Thursday I skied the whole mountain on my Fischer RC Pros... groomers, bumps, Parsenn Bowl, then about 4" of fluff late in the day.  I wish that had helped.  I guess it could have been worse... though I was last in my division, at least I wasn't last amongst everybody on the course.

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Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW View Post

Thanks guys... the K2s ended up working good enough, and with all the snow the 7+ skis would have sucked.  After four snowy days at WP, I can appreciate why alot of western skiers free-ski 90+mm rockered skis.  You really need that to actually carve over the crud that develops there even on the groomers with extra snow.  I suppose a really fat full-camber would work, but a little rocker in the tip would be best going over the cut-up powder.  When the crud was too deep, I had to smear my K2s (instead of carve), and it was brutal on my quads.  It would be awesome to have a ski that would just sail through that crap without wimping out.

 

Except for empty DEEP days, it seems for west in-bounds that crud is the name of the game.

 

Demo?  Haha, a guy like me from midwest needs to be spending most of the vacations out west skiing, and not filling out paperwork for demos.  But I was tempted to demo something.  Maybe next time...



the thing is out west you have alot of open space, its easier to make the 'wrong" skis work out there are not do or die turns in really tight trees.

 

your also skiing in the wrong places, the irony is fatter skis let you get by in steeper terrain than other people can do letting you ski the snow they were designed for. Winter Park has Gnar that I dont think anyone in their right mind would do on skinny skis.

 

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^^^ That's awesome.  occasionally I saw tracks in the deep woods (like not even glade areas), and was pretty intrigued.  There was alot I wanted to hit but didn't cause the skis were too limp; I didn't bother with Vasquez Cirque, but that's mostly cause I didn't want to drain my legs for the race later that day... then the place is closed on Sunday hissyfit.gif


Edited by Vitamin Ski - 6/15/11 at 7:45pm
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