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post #1 of 7
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Hi I an thinking of expanding my quiver to include some wide skis for East Coast powder days and trips out West (once a year or every other year).  I am not good at all in the powder and usually stay on the groomed terrain.  I skied a few times with a set of Mantras but they were to stiff and unforgiving.

 

I am looking for a set that will allow me to learn how to ski Powder and chopped up crud.  I want a forgiving ski that I don't have to fight.

 

My current skis are 2006 K2 Recons; 2010 Blizzard G Power FSIQ 72; and a new set of Bushwackers.

 

I have been considering:

Line Influence 105

Line Prophet 98

Nordica Hell and Back

Nordica Patron

 

Looking for the most forgivable in the bunch that will allow me to learn.

 

my stats are 5'10"; 185; 45 YO; Advanced on hardpack but not so good in powder and crud.  I find I fight the mountain in heavy snow and crud.  My thighs are screaming as I bounce from one mound of snow to the next.  On steep groomers I have no speed limit and as long as it is safe, I love to fly.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7

The line influence and prophets are going to be stiffer skis as well. From line I would recommend the Sir Francis Bacon's. They just redesigned the ski this year and have had an unbelievable response from skiers this year. I skied them myself and loved them. Definitely one of my favorite all around skis are the Rossignol S7 & Super 7. Both ski amazing on everything as far as I'm concerned and the main difference is that the Super 7's are a bit stiffer, weigh a little more, and are a little bigger all around in size. All that makes them a more stable ski in crud snow and at high speeds, without sacrificing agility too much. I loved the Super's in a 188, the S7's and in a 178cm would be an awesome tree/agile/all-mountain ski that you could also take on some tours. The Armada JJ's and TST's are also definitely something to look at, a little lighter than the Rossignols but very comparable. The JJ's are going to be less of a "bulldozer" than the S7's but they are a tad quicker and have more flex as well. 

 

I have done some reviews on the JJ's, Super 7's, and the Sir Francis Bacon's and can get them to you if you're interested. Just let me know, and good luck!

post #3 of 7

You might find those Bushwackers to do everything you need given that getting powder on the east coast can be pretty rare unless you are up in the mountains all the time. IF you really want to buy another pair of skis then get something north of 100mm

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by OldGlory View Post

Hi I an thinking of expanding my quiver to include some wide skis for East Coast powder days and trips out West (once a year or every other year).  I am not good at all in the powder and usually stay on the groomed terrain.  I skied a few times with a set of Mantras but they were to stiff and unforgiving.

 

I am looking for a set that will allow me to learn how to ski Powder and chopped up crud.  I want a forgiving ski that I don't have to fight.

 

My current skis are 2006 K2 Recons; 2010 Blizzard G Power FSIQ 72; and a new set of Bushwackers.

 

I have been considering:

Line Influence 105

Line Prophet 98

Nordica Hell and Back

Nordica Patron

 

Looking for the most forgivable in the bunch that will allow me to learn.

 

my stats are 5'10"; 185; 45 YO; Advanced on hardpack but not so good in powder and crud.  I find I fight the mountain in heavy snow and crud.  My thighs are screaming as I bounce from one mound of snow to the next.  On steep groomers I have no speed limit and as long as it is safe, I love to fly.

 

Thanks!




your bushwackers will work if your a solid skier in pretyt much any 'powder" there is. If it wind slabby, dense, crusted or sun backed a larger ski could be nice.

 

For that larger ski I would avoid the 98mm skis its really to close to your bushwacker to own. You want a long pretty soft skis with a full on continous rocker and something that is not to wide because if its your only powder ski you are going to wind up on hardpack or hard pack bumps at some point in time.

 

Icelandtic Gypsie

Atomic Blog/Bentchentler

Rossi Sickle/S7

Volkl Katana/Shiro

DPS Wailer 112RP

Surface Live life

Nordica Patron

 

list goes on an on. 110-120mm 180-185 cm full rocker, not to straight in the sidecut and not to turny(20-30 ish meter) Full long low rise continous rocker.

 

post #5 of 7

Volkl Gotama.

 

SkiLogik: Ullr's Chariot

 

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies. I will take the advice and try out the Bushwackers then think about getting a fatter ski.

post #7 of 7

I thought I would revitalize this thread now that I new season threatens. I also will be in the market for skis for powder days in New England.

 

About me:

6'0", 220 lbs

Season pass at Crotched / Wildcat / Attitash, Wachusett, and (probably again) at Jay Peak / Burke.

 

I am a firm believe that sick time was made for powder days, and will travel for 12"+.

 

Current quiver: Rossi E88 as my daily driver, Volkl AC30 for early season rocks and hardpack, K2 AfterShock for soft spring conditions.

 

I know I need 98mm+, but am not sure how fat since powder skis are a novelty around here. Any suggestions?

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