I’m looking for a 108-115mm width ski which will be the ‘fat’ ski to complement my current go-to 2011 Atomic Crimson Ti’s (88mm wide, early rise but not true rocker, I ski 171cm length). I am 43 years old, 5’7” 158lb. Level 7/8 skier. My idea of a good day’s skiing these days usually involves 10-minute slack-country hikes for a run of fresh (6-18”, never deeper) then tracked out / mixed the rest of the way back to the lift. It is for this application that I am looking for a new ski. I’m very happy with the Crimsons in lesser conditions (and pull out an old 70mm pair if the zipper line is calling…). I’m energetic but not very tall or heavy and not looking for a ‘big mountain’ ski. Given that my fresh tracks are usually earned after a walk, my inclination is to put in a few turns rather than any ambition to rip the slope in 3. But one of the things I am looking forward to in a new ski is playing with some new bigger turn shapes rather than just powder 8s.
One more thing: I try to ski Colorado or Utah one week each year but can only bring one ski so need some versatility in case I will be spending most of my time in the deep dark woods if my timing isn’t so great snow-wise. Oh, yes, a few groomers with my wife too (but can probably manage that on anything...) If there’s nothing going on but the bumps – I’ll rent.
Rocker – yes. But camber, flat or reverse under foot? What are the main implications of these variations, and which might suit me best? I am also wondering how much influence this might have on choice of length of ski. I’m guessing I’ll go somewhere between 179 and 186 long (but the big numbers still seem foreign after years on about 163’s!). Is 186 “too big” for a ski with camber? Is 179 “too small” for a full reverse camber ski?
Any specific ski suggestions would also be welcome.