HOORAY! It's my favourite time of year. SKI BUYING TIME! But of course, it's creating dilemmas of the best kind.
Looking for an all-mountain ski to replace my old and beat Volkl G2's. I have some lovely Dynastar LP's for the nice fluffy days, but as with many skiers I spend most of my actual ski days in a lot of crud, chop, slush...mixed with some western ice-slush. I demo'd a whack of skis in the all-mtn category last year (Atomic Blackeye and Nomad, Volkl AC30 and 50, Blizzard 8.1 TI, several Elan Waveflex's, etc) but wasn't so blown away by any of them that I needed to have them. The Blackeye and the Blizzard were excellent skis, but more demanding (too heavy, too stiff) than what I think I'd like to ski on all day....wonderful for a couple of runs, but I predict a blown knee or two after a few hours.
Me: female, 32, 5'6", 160lbs. Level 8ish skier, CSIA but only level 1. Moguls are my cryptonite. I love to rip groomers, but tend to settle into some sedate cruising and off piste frolicking after the first few runs of the day so. Looking for something that can go mach schnell when required, but is going to be willing to engage in some slower speeds and allow me to ski all day on it.
Current skis for consideration are:
Volkl Kenja (2010)
Dynaster Legend Eden (2010)
Dynastar Sultan 85 (2010)
Volkl Bridge (2010)
Blizzard Viva 8.1 (2012)
they're pretty much all around the same money give or take...the Blizzard has a pro-deal offer until the 15th that's the only reason it's in the same price-range. I can find almost no useful info on the Eden, but I LOVE my LP's and wonder if there's any carry-over in the 'feel' of Dynastar into the Sultan and Eden. I know nothing about the Viva, but thought it might be a toned down version of the 8.1 TI? All the 2010 skis are in there because I cannot wrap my head around how a rockered ski is going to give me the on-piste performance that I'm looking for. All I could hear on the mountain around me last year was the whap-whap-whap of noodle rocker skis and it gives me heart palpitations (apologies to those who enjoy them).
there is an outside option of the 2008 Head Sweet Fat Thang....because it's $189....rather more noodle than I think I'm looking for, but that price-tag is killing me.
thanks in advance!