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Panorama/Kicking Horse BC snow type question

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

 

I am moving to within a an from Panorama and Kicking Horse and basically I am looking for new skis for these areas. I currently have Atomic skis which I used in the east coast where I currently live but they only have a 73" waist and I already know this will be too narrow.

 

Basically I am looking at 2 different skis, one that I could use most days there for any type of snow they get and 1 powder ski but I really would prefer one ski. I don't mind going with 2 skis if it helps.

 

The all mountain skis I was looking at so far are the K2 Aftershock which are 130/86/114 and for Powder skis, I was looking at the K2 Darkside which are 156/128/144.

 

Am I looking at the right sizing for skis? I will also be skiing in areas around like Revelstoke, Banff and other mountains I might not be aware of. I am not sticking with K2 as a brand of skis but that just a brand that is most easily accessible in local stores.

 

I am a  pretty good skier and have skied my whole life and around Canada, US (east coast), Austria with little issue unless I get more into the back country stuff but have always been limited with my skis in the back country so trying to do things right now so I would say advanced to expert

 

This year I plan to do more of piste skiing and trying to because as good off piste as I can on piste. Not a whole lot of powder experience except for Whistler.

 

Any help is appreciated. 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 9

I did a Panorama/Kimberley/Fernie trip 2 years ago, and Kimberley/Panorama were nothing but Ice.  Mind you, this was on an El Nino year, so probably not a good example of typical snow there.  One thing I noticed about Panorama, is nearly the whole resort sits in a shadow for 80% of the day.  Its steep, and north facing.  Makes for a good view of the mountains across the way, but on an icey day, it never softens up.

I was there February 2010.

post #3 of 9

angrysasquatch spent last season up at KH. He's probably a good resource. 

 

I'd definitely pick up something bigger than 73cm waist for KH and Panorama. I bet you could get away with one 100cm waist ski and be fine, or go the 2 ski route you mentioned.

 

Panorama = tons of piste skiing

KH = steeps / very little piste

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the comments guys. I was just hoping I was on the right track and I think I am. 

 

Would 100mm waist skis be good 1 ski option? I think having dedicated powder skis would be awesome but they aren't cheap. I am still reading around and now it seems like the Volkl Kendo is a good option for me. Choices, choices, choices! 

post #5 of 9

I think you want at least two pairs of skis.  You can pick up good used skis in the Gear Swap forum over at tetongravity.com  Also check the Gear Swap thread here, look on Craigslist, etc.  There is no need to buy new in many cases.

post #6 of 9

Panorama, Kicking Horse are not noted for huge snow volumes, in fact Panorama has snow making from top to bottom. For a mostly on piste, one ski quiver, you want a ski that handles cut up snow, hard pack and moguls and imo that means 85 to 95mm under foot. Most of the powder you will ski is ankle to knee deep for 2 hours on a powder day and then it is mostly skied off cut up snow.

post #7 of 9

Kicking Horse

I skied there a couple days . No new snow. mostly tracked out.  If you could find any powder it was on upper slopes.  After skiing the pow, you would have to ski another couple thousand feet of vert of groomers or bumps to get back to the chair.

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Kicking Horse

I skied there a couple days . No new snow. mostly tracked out.  If you could find any powder it was on upper slopes.  After skiing the pow, you would have to ski another couple thousand feet of vert of groomers or bumps to get back to the chair.


KH is owned by non ski industry people and they went cheap and did not realize the folly of putting in a 3900' vert. gondola with no mid terminal. I understand a mid terminal station is now in their plans but it still may not happen. If it ever happens--that is when I will ski there. Of course if you are at KH for the back country access, then the lack of a mid does not matter.

 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Sorry I forgot about this thread.

 

Thanks for the comments guys. I was looking at lots of skis and I think I am gonna start with one for now and after this year, if I see the need for pow skis then I will get them for next year. I think I am going with the Volkl Manta's. They seem to be good and hopefully they do me good and they can handle all the resorts around my area (Fernie, Panorama, Kimberly, KH, Banff etc)

 

Thanks again. 

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