So I think I am going to finally go big, at least big for a mostly eastern skier who also takes 1 or 2 trips out west a year. Right now the two skis that I am considering are the Blizzard Bonafide and the Rossignal Experience 98. Both skis seem to be similar in size and intended use. Both got great reviews in the mags. Both are being sold in the ski shop I work P/T at. So which way do I go?
As for my skiing, I am a solid level 8/9 skier who will ski all over the mountain. Everything from high speed rippers to bumps, trees and of course Pow! I also race in an adult race program and got bumped up to A Vet last year so I am fairly technical in my skiing.
For my all mountain ski (non race weekends), which this ski would become replacing my AC30's, I want a ski that will hold an edge, be playful yet forgiving and won't give up the ship when things get rough.
At the end of last season I had the opportunity to try the Bushwacker and Experience 88 and liked them both fairly evenly, but theyare only 8mm wider under foot than my AC30's so my thinking is, if I want a ski to take out west, might as well go bigger to the 95-100 range. We do have a demo day coming up in December and will attempt to demo then, but I would be very interested in those who have had the time to ski both and tell me what you think. What are the pro's and con's of each.