...or yet another "what ski do I want (need?)" thread....
Getting excited about skiing again as the snow starts to top the mountains here in AK and of course that means I've got some skis to replace. I have a pair of K2 Pontoons I started riding last year, which are so unbelievably fun when there is fresh snow....However, I also have a pair of old (2007ish) Rossi B3 Bandits that just aren't enough "fun" for everyday use anymore - between their difficulty with the freeze/thaw mashed potatoes & crud late in the year to the lack of pop/camber they used to have.
I've got the promotive deals under surveillance and have been eyeing the Ramp, Liberty, and Icelantic skis to see if something on there meets my definition of an "everyday AK" ski. I'd go outside the promotive brands, but they'd have to be new skis in the $400-and-under to compete with those deals...
I want the ski to, in rough order,:
1. Ski the cut-up, crud, highly variable conditions we get when we don't have feet of snow.
2. ski tight steep trees, often in HEAVY snow.
3. be some fun on the groomers when we have flat light and you can't see at all
4. Be fun to ski all over when I bring them to Tahoe, Alta, summit county, etc (my Pontoons def. don't fit that description).
Based on that, I've been looking at the Ramp Peace Pipe, Liberty Helix/Double Helix, and the Icelantic Keeper, Shaman, Nomad.... realizing many of these are very different skis.
Part of my problem is that after the Pontoons, plus demoing some skis w/ rocker like the K2 Rictor and Armada JJ, I don't think I want to go back to "no early rise" or straight camber anymore with all the off-piste skiing.
Our snow is probably similar to pacific NW or Whistler with the added bonus of very flat light, so that could help you understand the conditions.