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post #1 of 14
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Hi Guys,

 

I have just confirmed that I will be skiing a ski season at Silver Star BC this winter and need a one quiver ski.

 

I live in Australia and have skied only Australia, NZ and Japan and have no idea about what skis i will need in BC.

 

In Aus I ski on Rossi carving skis from my racing days and haven’t found any need to replace them as in Aus any new skis are chipped/scratched ect from the ice, rocks, grass and anything else that isnt cover by the snow.

 

In Japan i ski K2 Coombacks (I borrow from my cousin) which were ok for the pow but pretty average on the groomers as i like to go fast and dont really concentrate on my style that much anymore.

 

I am a 5'10 - 76Kg advanced skier and so far have been hearing alot of advise telling me to go for the Volkl Bridges / Line prophets 90 as I will be skiing 60% groomers 40% pow (when i can). I have been told that Silver Star has alot of tree skiing too so that would have to come into the

equation .

 

Anyone one have some advise for what is best for BC?

 

 

 

post #2 of 14

Never skied Silver Star, but would it make sense to wait till you get there to purchase skis?  From my understanding (& I could be totally off base), you will have a better selection & likely a better price in Canada.  It will also give you a chance to see what the locals choices are if you don't get some solid feedback here.

 

Sounds like you will have a great season!  I have skied other areas in interior BC, & it rocks.

JF

post #3 of 14

Silver Star has some very nice groomed runs and some really steep, bumped up stuff.  I doubt that you'll spend 40% of your time skiing powder.  There just isn't that much new snow there, unless you think of a 2 cm dump as skiing powder.  When you get it, it will be great, but it isn't a large part of what goes on there, from my experience.

 

It's a great place to ski, one of my favorites.  Enjoy.

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!

 

I am defiantly going to buy them in Canada, but I don’t to spend too long demoing skis - was going to try and cut a short list of say 3 pairs to try.

 

Form previous experiences in SS or BC in general what you think would be best?

post #5 of 14

Salomon Shoguns (101 mm waist) or Enduros (85 mm) might be good for you. They both have some tip rocker and camber underfoot so theyre good in the pow and on groomer days. Ive skied the Shogun before and it does quite well on harder snow.

 

Ive got some Volkl Gotamas and love em, but they might be a bit much (full rocker and 106 mm) for a one ski quiver, depending how much you value performance on harder snow. Ive heard good things about the Bridge, and also the Kendo and Mantra, which are all more all mountain skis than the goats.

 

Have you considered two pairs? Maybe keep your Rossis if theyre not too banged up and pick up something a little wider for the snow days. I ski just up the road at Sun Peaks and my two ski quiver consists of the Gotama and some skinny Fischer RX8s. As far as im concerned a pair like that will have you covered in pretty much any conditions youll see outside of heliskiing.

post #6 of 14

I think something around 100 underfoot would be perfect, with mild rocker. As others have said, that area doesn't get massive amounts of fresh, and you'll be skiing lots of bumps, older snow and groomers. I haven't been to Silver Star but the snow quality on the groomers at nearby Big White was awesome, enough so to take groomers strongly into consideration with your purchase. So get something with a decent carving radius. If I had to pick one ski, I'd say go for the Rossi S3. Those things are a blast everywhere except in chopped heavier snow (which you won't get - you snow will be light and dry!).

post #7 of 14

I grew up skiing Sun Peaks just up the road.  I only skied SS a few times, and picked the wrong days to do it.

 

I prefer skiing something between 100-110mm with a little rocker for the BC interior.  Maybe even an AT binding like the Duke/Baron to do double duty for sidecountry missions as well.  Something like a 4frnt Turbo, Salomon Shogun, Rossi S3/S6, Faction Alias, Liberty Helix, 183 BRO, Line Influence 105.....lots of choices.  My personal favorite was the old Nordica Blower.

 

I would bring your Rossis to run in the beer league races, because beer league racing is more fun than icy moguls when it hasn't snowed in a while.

 

 

post #8 of 14

If you don't do the park and don't really care about the twin tip (i.e. Volkl Bridge) definitely consider the Kendo and Mantra as good Volkl alternatives.

post #9 of 14

Everyone on this board seems to be wetting their pants for the new flipcore skis from Blizzard (see bonafide). I have the Ones (last years design) and think they are sweet for every day ski here in UT. If I were looking for a 1 ski quiver and knew I would get less powder and more cord and bumps I would probably pick something else like for example dynastar sultan 94 or the Blizzard Bushwacker.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by tromano View PostEveryone on this board seems to be wetting their pants for the new flipcore skis from Blizzard (see bonafide). I have the Ones (last years design) and think they are sweet for every day ski here in UT. If I were looking for a 1 ski quiver and knew I would get less powder and more cord and bumps I would probably pick something else like for example dynastar sultan 94 or the Blizzard Bushwacker.


Not everyone......

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Not everyone......


Guess not.

 

post #12 of 14

The mantras are my all mountain ski.  They do alright in the pow.

post #13 of 14

I should note that I don't ski switch

post #14 of 14

CA pretty much nailed it.  If you are used to carving skis, you will be right at home on the Nordica Blower (now called the Girish) or its little brother (same ski, just narrower at the waist) the Enforcer, which is a favorite of mine.  Also, consider the Ninthward THA 187.  If you can get past their marketing material, this is a great all around ski, just mount it WAY back from their recommended spot.  Lastly, to round out the boutique selection, consider the Praxis Freeride or RX.

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