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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi,

I am currently looking into buying a pair of powder skis for a cat skiing trip next year.

I'm 5'8" 165 lb. and at the lower end of being an advanced skier. Not looking for an all mountain ski but rather powder specific.

Any imput on skis , ski length, and bindings would be apreciated.

Thanks

post #2 of 16

I demoed the 2012 Nordica Nemesis skis for 

Women two weeks ago, powder conditions, and later in the day, chunder they were great!

 

post #3 of 16

Not actually a powder ski...

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Originally Posted by Shawna View Post

I demoed the 2012 Nordica Nemesis skis for 

Women two weeks ago, powder conditions, and later in the day, chunder they were great!

 


I'd check out something like the Kastle BMX108 (if you have the cash) or Line P100 

 

post #4 of 16

How wide of a powder ski are you looking for? 100-110, or 110+?

 

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Since I'm a pretty light guy I was thinking in the 110 range.

Thanks

post #6 of 16

True, much wider of a ski wouldn't really serve any advantage for you. You mentioned that your buying these ski's for a cat skiing trip next year, are you planning on purchasing some powder ski's before this season ends, or the beginning of next. For this year still you can look at the Rossi S7's, Volkl Kanta's or Gotama's, Atomic Access', Salomon Czar, Kastle MX108, the lists goes on and on. Anything in particular your looking for? Do you want a softer more playful ski, or a ski hard charging, big lines ski. Depending on what you want the ski's you want to look at vary a lot with it. As far as lengths go you should be looking at around ~172-180 IMO, longer if you want a harder charging ski, and on the shorter size for a more playful, quick turning ski.

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I will be getting a pair this spring or summer so I can get some time on them before going to BC next Feb. I'm leaning toward a shorter softer ski since I like to ski the trees. I have a pair of Volkl 170 Grizzlys ( I know, they are pretty heavy.) But I love these things for the varying snow conditions we have on MT. Hood. Anyway I have been considering the Gotama's, hadn't thought about the S7 but will have to check them out.

Thanks

post #8 of 16

The Gotama's might be a bit to stiff if your looking for a softer powder ski that's good in the tree's. I think you'd be really happy with the S7's, they float very well, are great and nimble in the tree's and nice a nice moderately soft flex to them, but with the camber underfoot you can still carve when needed. You can also look at the Armada JJ's which are similar to the S7's, but personally I think you'd be better off with the S7's. Good luck!

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by td12 View Post

Hi,

I am currently looking into buying a pair of powder skis for a cat skiing trip next year.

I'm 5'8" 165 lb. and at the lower end of being an advanced skier. Not looking for an all mountain ski but rather powder specific.

Any imput on skis , ski length, and bindings would be apreciated.

Thanks

So many of the skis listed here are good all mountain skis with a powder bias. 

The Powder skis that come to mind when I think about a trip like that are Line Prophet 115,(I had the Line Pandora which is the women's ski and think it would be great for a heli trip) or something a bit more "out there" the DPS Wailler112RP.  Again, I've skied the 112P and am extremely happy with how it skis in varied types of powder, be it Sierra powder or Utah powder

 


 

 

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by td12 View Post

I will be getting a pair this spring or summer so I can get some time on them before going to BC next Feb. I'm leaning toward a shorter softer ski since I like to ski the trees. I have a pair of Volkl 170 Grizzlys ( I know, they are pretty heavy.) But I love these things for the varying snow conditions we have on MT. Hood. Anyway I have been considering the Gotama's, hadn't thought about the S7 but will have to check them out.

Thanks



TD. I just realized you are a Hood local. In that case check out ON3P. Their factory is located in central PDX. They have a large fleet of their ski's with demo bindings.

 

FWIW shorter, and softer doesn't necessarily make something better in the tree's.

post #11 of 16

^ x2 

 

I consider myself to be a powder ski affectionado and ON3P is rapidly overtaking my whole quiver.  I recommend the 176 Billy Goat- sure to please, and a better built ski than the S7s, JJs, etc.  JJs are a close second nomination.  Lots of deals out there though, pretty much anything over 100 mm waist will probably be good.  Could you just demo a pair for a few days during your cat trip?  That might be cheaper. 

 

 

post #12 of 16

The new Blizzards are supposed to be great !

post #13 of 16

Check your PM's.

post #14 of 16
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Check your PM's.



Sharing classified powder ski info? Isn't that a no-no?

post #15 of 16

If you would consider a conventional camber ski then take a look at the Icelantic Nomad SFTs I have for sale in the Gear Swap forum here.  111mm in the waist and very fun to ski.  Can be had for a very reasonable price.

 

I've also heard great things about the DPS Wailer 112RP and the ON3P skis if you want a ski with rocker.  You will have a hard time finding a Wailer 112 or S7 if that's what you decide on. They are pretty much sold out unless you buy next years at full retail price.

 

Good luck with your search.

 

Mike
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by td12 View Post

Hi,

I am currently looking into buying a pair of powder skis for a cat skiing trip next year.

I'm 5'8" 165 lb. and at the lower end of being an advanced skier. Not looking for an all mountain ski but rather powder specific.

Any imput on skis , ski length, and bindings would be apreciated.

Thanks



 

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by hiplainsdrifter View Post

^ x2 

 

I consider myself to be a powder ski affectionado and ON3P is rapidly overtaking my whole quiver.  I recommend the 176 Billy Goat- sure to please, and a better built ski than the S7s, JJs, etc.  JJs are a close second nomination.  Lots of deals out there though, pretty much anything over 100 mm waist will probably be good.  Could you just demo a pair for a few days during your cat trip?  That might be cheaper. 

 

 


Good to know as I am planning on demo-ing their skis next year.
 

 



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Sharing classified powder ski info? Isn't that a no-no?


Yes, what is this insider info that is too important to share publicly?
 

 

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