I'm looking for a new set of 185-195cm powder skis to mount up with Marker Barons for sidecountry & shorter backcountry skinning sessions (i.e. a handful of hours, not days).
Been reading through the archives & realized that the weight penalty that comes with most 110mm+ pow skis means that downhill performance can spell some serious tradeoffs for uphill skinning performance.
My priorities are definitely tilted towards downhill performance: if I find myself going longer & deeper into the BC, I will invest in a second, "pure-AT" setup. I already own all-mountain skis for frontside skiing with the family, but all things being equal, I would prefer a powder setup with "does not suck" frontside performance so I don't have to swap out skis between runs with the kids and my solo powder strikes in the trees & sidecountry on family days. I plan to demo compound rocker designs like the Billy Goat, S7, & JJ as soon as the first fresh hits Tahoe, but am looking to compile a "Top-10" list of skis to demo.
This is where the Epic braintrust comes in - the purpose of this thread is twofold:
1) User poll: what is your favorite, and most versatile powder ski / binding / skin setup? What are its pros & cons?
2) Educate me: what other factors other than weight should I consider in terms of skinning performance? Are full-rocker profiles at a serious disadvantage to compound-rocker or flatter designs in terms of skin engagement & stride?
About me: 6'1" / 160lbs. Strong aerobic fitness (cyclist). 28 seasons of boot-packing & snowshoeing under my belt, but new to skinning. Willing to ride pretty much any line I can get an edge in. Huck is not in my vocabulary. Sierra season pass-holder: will be doing backcountry clinics in Huckleberry Canyon. 99% of my skiing this year will be South Lake Tahoe.
Edited by Veloscente - 10/24/11 at 10:23am