I’m looking for some advice for a resort powder ski to replace my 2009 Dynastar Huge Troubles .
Background: I'm around 200lbs, 6'4, level 8-9ish aggressive skier. I currently have a 2-ski quiver of Dynastar Contact 4x4 and 09 HTs (no camber). I am based in Australia so skiing 3D snow here is limited - small, low mountains - snow is often quite dense/wet and rarely see dumps over a foot + the runs are very short. However, at the end of this year and over the next few years, I’ll also be doing northern winter trips for 3 weeks at a time to locations like Utah, BC, and hopefully Japan.
What I love about the HTs is their versatility in all types of soft snow. Whilst not particularly surfy in powder, the HTs are stable, damp and blast through all other types of soft 3D snow - from cut-up fresh, to heavy, thick crud, rain/sun/wind affected snow, slush etc. Although I really like this stability and versatility, I don't always charge hard enough to need this or have access to the open terrain and long runs where a stiffer, wide, straight ski really comes into its own.
So what I'm looking for is to find something that is more nimble, floaty, playful, and has more energy. However, I want to obtain these attributes in a ski without compromising TOO much of the crud-busting stability of the HT. I understand that this requires compromise. However, from reading reviews here it seems like a bunch of skis loosely in the 105-120mm waist bracket are starting to develop really good balance between stability and dampening in crappy 3D snow whilst still being very nimble, playful and slarvy in untouched snow and in the trees.
I don’t really get the chance to demo here in Aus so keen for any thoughts and comparisons between skis in the list below and the HT. My only experience on a rockered ski is the 2010 K2 Obsethed - demo'd in 179. In a foot of powder I found them to be very easy and fun but when things got cut up, the tips got deflected and knocked around a bit - I assume largely due to the soft flex of the ski and I also would ideally have been on something longer.
At the moment I’m leaning somewhat towards the DPS 112rp (although I know this is probably at the more ‘playful’ end of this list) and wondering how stable it would be charging through crud. I'd like to better understand how much stability, crud-busting ability I'd be giving up going from the HTs to any of these skis and how much nimbleness would be gained. I’ve read a bunch of individual reviews on these skis but comparisons to skis I’ve been on is really what I’m after. Skis on my shortlist include:
- Dynastar Huge Rocker (185)
- Kastle MX108 (187)
- Blizzard Cochise (193)
- Volkl Katana (190)
- Elan Olympus (190)
- DPS 112rp hybrid (190)
Appreciate any feedback, recommendations and comparisons.