Looking into (gasp!) thinning the herd a bit and possibly taking a ski out of the quiver. Sacrilege to all you Bears, I know, but skiing at a resort and staying 99% in-bounds means that the powder days are usually only powder mornings and choppy afternoons. It’s a pretty rare day at Copper when I’m still getting untracked pow after 11:00.
I am hearing and reading some great reviews on the newer ‘all-mountain’ designs, so, I’m thinking about letting my on-piste skis (76 underfoot) go along with my deep snow skis (97 underfoot) and going back to a 1-ski quiver approach. Before my current three ski set-up (will be keeping the GS race skis), I used both the Nordica Jet Fuel and Volkl AC40 as my do-everything ski. Was planning to perhaps splurge a bit on a pair of Kastle MX88. Have read quite a bit about how incredible these skis are, especially in the softer snow, (“great in all but the deepest” is the usual comment), but have missed seeing many or any comments about how these skis handle when your day is spent on the hard pack and ice like you see on Andy’s Encore when it hasn’t snowed for a week. The other thought is to go with the MX78 as the bulk of my time will be spent on the hard stuff. However, I’m concerned that the 78 won’t have enough float for those days when I really want a powder ski. Again, seen lots of great comments about the 78, but not much specifically about how it handles in 10 - 12 inches of new stuff. So, any specific thoughts on these two aspects of these skis would be appreciated as I don't have much opportunity to demo.
Thinking that the mid-170’s length would work best, but also wondering about recommendations for lengths. Me: 5’11” - 195 lbs. Upper level skier.
Of course, I could go with the Kastle MX88 and maybe add in a pair of Blizzard Cochise just to keep a little street cred with my Bear posse!