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overwhelmed. looking for advise on northern VT powder ski

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Hi, Everyone!

 

I'm ready (overdue) to step into the rocker/fat ski realm.  I mostly ski in the trees, back/sidecountry of Northern VT, and usually plan my trips around the weather.  If its snowing (hard), i'm going!

 

My last ski purchase was K2 Seth Vicious 179's (no rocker- 98mm waist), which WAS a fat/powder ski at the time.  I bought them when i started really skiing trees and off piste terrain.  Before that I was on volkl 6-stars which were great on piste VT skis and they still have some life in them so i use them as early/late season groomer/rock skis, which thankfully is usually only a couple weekends per year.  

 

New skis have evolved so much that my seth's are now midfat all mountain skis and I'm not having as much fun in the deep as friends on billy goats, pontoons, S7's etc.  It's nice that the seths are so versatile, and i will surly still use them for frontside and shallow pow duties but i really want to surf the deep with some dedicated powder planks.  Nothing too crazy, as I come from a racing background and still use the lifts and trails to navigate to our various favorite stash spots all day, but I am thinking of something with a 110-120mm waist and some definitive rocker in the tip or tip/tail.  I will be mounting AT bindings on this pair and using them with skins as well.  I rarely visit the park, but do land switch from time to time so i want something that is stable on big landings and ok to land switch and then swing it right back forward.  

 

So far i've considered:

 

- New K2 obsethed

- Line mr. pollard opus

- Rossi S7

- Atomic bent chetler (or "blog")

- DPS wailer 112rp

 

If anyone can weigh in on those options or provide others that I have not considered I would be super appreciative!

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also- I'm 5'10" 175lbs.  

post #3 of 10

add Praxis Protest to your bottom three on the list and pick any one. there is more than one perfect ski for most skiers, especially with a solid background like yours.

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Welcome to Epic.  I have the S7s.  They turn on a dime and are great tree skis.  Your best bet is to demo first.  I have not skied the DPS Wailers but I have held them in my hand.  They are much lighter than the S7s and would be great if you are doing some serious hiking/skinning.   How the carbon fiber holds up against VT rocks should be a consideration, however.

 

 

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thanks for the help, guys!  the protest looks pretty sick, but i fear it may be a little too much underfoot for my purposes right now.

 

what size do you guys suggest for me?  the 179 seths feel a little too big in the tightest trees i ski so i was originally going to downsize, but some people have urged me to stay in the 180's w/ a rockered ski, swearing it will ski smaller than my seths...  I also had the seths mounted a little back to help my tips stay out of the snow, which could make them feel tougher to turn in the woods as well.

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I'd add the Icelantic Keeper to your list... and the tres chic Blizzard Cochise.

 

 

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thanks for the help, guys!  the protest looks pretty sick, but i fear it may be a little too much underfoot for my purposes right now.

 

what size do you guys suggest for me?  the 179 seths feel a little too big in the tightest trees i ski so i was originally going to downsize, but some people have urged me to stay in the 180's w/ a rockered ski, swearing it will ski smaller than my seths...  I also had the seths mounted a little back to help my tips stay out of the snow, which could make them feel tougher to turn in the woods as well.



 

I'm the same height and about 10 lbs lighter than you.  I skied the S7s at Snowbird in the 178 and 188 lengths on back-to-days.  Both feel short vs. non rockered skis.  I thought the 178s were easier and faster to turn, so that is what I bought because I like tight trees and my regular rock/tree skis are 166 twin tips.  Some people might find the 178s too turny.  They feel like my slalom race skis, except they float. 

post #8 of 10

Praxis RX.  Does not behave nearly as wide as it is.  As for huck-worthiness, well, others can speak to it's prowess, there.

post #9 of 10

Icelandtic Keeper give me fits in trees at least the 189 that reside in my house. I am not sure the cochise while an awesome ski out west is the way to go.

 

do you want edge grip or are you willing to sacrafice some edge grip for fun in the trees?

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hi again.  I ended up pulling the trigger on some 188 s7's.  seemed like the most "can't miss" of the group and best combination of float, tree surfyness and edge grip.  my buddy is a ski instructor and skis them in 188 and really urged me not to go 178 fearing they wouldn't float as well, and downright suck on the trails going from trees to trees.  also got some full tilt konflict boots, so now i am just waiting on the best deal on some marker baron's and i will be in business with a whole new setup for the first time in my life. smile.gif

 

thanks for the help! 

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