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looking for powder ski - help on length and type!

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Me: ex-racer, 40, 5'9" 160lbs, ski fast with old school carving technique (no "slarving"). Ski 40-50 days a year. Like stiffer skis - currently on 185 Line Motheships and 184 Volkl AC50. I was using a 192 dps lotus 138 for powder days but didn't like their lack of versatility and wanted a more traditional shape - they were stolen so am replacing them in quiver. I love the motherships but they are not great in Tahoe powder as the tips tend to dive. The Motherships replaced 190 Gotamas which I really liked but prefer the extra beef the mothership.

 

I am considering Atomic Atlas (183 and 192) and Volkl Shiro (183, 193) as they seem to be a fat ski with more traditional shape and are stiffer than S7's (which I demo'ed and didn't like, to turny and unstable at speed).  Any thoughts on these skis or other ideas given my skiing type and preference? Any thoughts on size? I am worried that the 183 Atlas and Shiro may be too small as I like to go fast - but 193 for someone 5'9"??

 

Seems like there is so much experience with different skis on this site I would seek some advice . . .  help.

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Originally Posted by blacklabsf View Post

Me: ex-racer, 40, 5'9" 160lbs, ski fast with old school carving technique (no "slarving"). Ski 40-50 days a year. Like stiffer skis - currently on 185 Line Motheships and 184 Volkl AC50. I was using a 192 dps lotus 138 for powder days but didn't like their lack of versatility and wanted a more traditional shape - they were stolen so am replacing them in quiver. I love the motherships but they are not great in Tahoe powder as the tips tend to dive. The Motherships replaced 190 Gotamas which I really liked but prefer the extra beef the mothership.

 

I am considering Atomic Atlas (183 and 192) and Volkl Shiro (183, 193) as they seem to be a fat ski with more traditional shape and are stiffer than S7's (which I demo'ed and didn't like, to turny and unstable at speed).  Any thoughts on these skis or other ideas given my skiing type and preference? Any thoughts on size? I am worried that the 183 Atlas and Shiro may be too small as I like to go fast - but 193 for someone 5'9"??

 

Seems like there is so much experience with different skis on this site I would seek some advice . . .  help.



i am inch taller and 5 lb heavier. The 192 Atlas at snowbird was not to much ski in powder it was able to charge while not being overbearing. I think youd be fine on the longer shiro or atlas

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That Atlas looks really cool. best of a couple performance attributes, IMO. Looks like half-a-bentchetler, ha.

can't comment on length from experience, but know it to be a critical factor. It would be great to check it first. you're not that heavy a person. the Atlas design is way more stable than the S7, so don't over-react. good hunting. sounds like you have a good line of reasoning going.

The Shiro design is not as suited to the technique you say you have been and will be skiing; the tip to tail, long slight rocker profile in a continuous curve. The Atlas has a pretty aggressive tail for skis in that class. disclaimer, I hear things and research things but have zero experience on these two skis.

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Thanks for input - after reading reviews it seems like Bent Chetler is going to be a little too soft, jibby for me? Also considering Moment Bibby pro and 4frnt Renegade- how do those compare to the Atlas? They come is a length that seems to be ideal (high 180's) and people report that they are in the stiffer-powder ski category (relatively, I don't want a truly stiff powder ski) but I worry that I will not like the tails (tip and rocker) and they may not be the most stable at speed.  I definitely huck but never land switch so have little need for a twin tip.

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DPS Wailer 112

Praxis BC

PM Gear Lhasa Pow

 

All are awesome. The last two are made in Tahoe.

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