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New powder skis worth it?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone. I grew up skiing on the east, but will be going to school in Colorado next year and was wondering if you guys thought that it would be worth my money to get a pair of real pow skis. 

 

I have a racing background, and am a very strong skier. This past year I was skiing up at Jay Peak, and really enjoyed my head john 94's. Other than that, I just have some volkl slalom skis from my racing days. I will be skiing resorts like breck, a-basin, keystone, vail, aspen, crested butte etc. 

 

In your guys opinion, do you think that it is really worth my money to throw down on some pow skis, or will the john 94's be sufficient? If so, do you have any suggestions?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10

94's will be fine for out West.  They may not be the latest, greatest, rockered, reverse camber demons, for a

college kid who should be saving their money for other things (lift tickets?) they are fine and dandy.

They are a plenty fast and stable ski, as you probably know.

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Rjkerr16 View Post

Hey everyone. I grew up skiing on the east, but will be going to school in Colorado next year and was wondering if you guys thought that it would be worth my money to get a pair of real pow skis. 

 

I have a racing background, and am a very strong skier. This past year I was skiing up at Jay Peak, and really enjoyed my head john 94's. Other than that, I just have some volkl slalom skis from my racing days. I will be skiing resorts like breck, a-basin, keystone, vail, aspen, crested butte etc. 

 

In your guys opinion, do you think that it is really worth my money to throw down on some pow skis, or will the john 94's be sufficient? If so, do you have any suggestions?

 

Thanks!

 

I think your 94s should be pretty good. they are not the best but they are a great all mountain ski for out there. Do you still want a bigger ski or will be happy with jsut those?

 


 

 

post #4 of 10

I agree, 94 is enough for 94% of the conditions you will find.

post #5 of 10

It will depend on the season. I don't know Colorado weather, so can't accurately evaluate how many powder days you'll get. But I would say that if money isn't a problem, it would be nice to have the 94s for an every day driver and some 115mm to 125mm ish skis for deep powder, optimizing what may be the experience of a lifetime. The 120's are so, so fast in powder. You've got to appreciate that with your skill set. Going to college in Colorado has to be somewhat about the skiing, I'd guess. just my .02

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies! I think ill stick with the Heads unless I can find a pretty good deal on some bigger boards. I was thinking about JJs. Do you guys have any other suggestions for a ski that would would round out my quiver and be good for powder days for those resorts, just so I can keep my eyes open if a good deal pops up?

 

Thanks once again

post #7 of 10

Wait for a big powder day and just demo some fatter skis... you'll know within the first hour or so if the difference is worth the expense.  For some people it's a no-brainer, for others it's not worth it.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Rjkerr16 View Post

Thanks for all the replies! I think ill stick with the Heads unless I can find a pretty good deal on some bigger boards. I was thinking about JJs. Do you guys have any other suggestions for a ski that would would round out my quiver and be good for powder days for those resorts, just so I can keep my eyes open if a good deal pops up?

 

Thanks once again


There are dozens of great powder skis out there, JJ's being a popular choice. Once you get to CO you will likely get a few lesson in what people are using and will likely find some good deals through friends, Craigslist or Gear Swap at tetongravity.com 

 

post #9 of 10

I agree with the last two things said.  The advantage of buying now is that you might be able to find a good deal, but I'd probably wait and see where/how you ski.  You may be able to demo stuff over the course of the season or get a few runs on friends' skis so hone your preferences.

 

My everyday ski is a pair of Mojo 90s, which I believe are the precursors of John 94s (though I'm not super sure of the differences).  In tight stuff in soft snow, I wish for a wider powder ski as the relatively stiff Mojo 90s don't really float that well if I'm not going pretty fast.   I bought a pair of used ON3p Billy Goats for next year.  I suspect that eventually you'll want a powder ski, but you might not want to rush to buy.

post #10 of 10

Some of this is about how you ski. If you rip big open pow fields, then the John's should be fine for most of what you'll encounter. Lift increases with speed. But if you like to explore woods, where speeds are slower but it's better to stay up in the snow, then more width might help. I'd try out the John's for a while, if you find them wanting, go for something in the 112-115 range, which seems to provide a lot of choices, various designs for different styles. 

 

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