Hi y'all ---
I grew up skiing the VT/NH hardpack. After moving to the Pacific NW in '85 it didn't take me long to adjust to the varying conditions, from powder to crud to Cascade concrete to the occasional boilerplate. My home area is Mt. Baker, but I also ski Vail one week very year. While at Vail a couple years ago, I decided to rent for the whole week. Snow cover was OK but not a lot of fresh powder. That's when I fell in love with Volkl AC50s. I was most impressed with their snappy responsiveness from carve to carve, their ability to cut through the crud, and their not unreasonable performance on powder. I've been renting skis ever since (vs. buying) and have discovered that the AC50s and Mantras take care of pretty much all my needs at Baker. I tried various models of Rossi (yuck.....flaccid would be the best way to describe their responsivness level), Atomic, and Dynastar. OK, so what's my point? What happened to the AC50? What would be Volkl's current equivalent of that amazing ski. Also, i
s there something between the AC50 and Mantra that might satisfy my needs?
Looking forward to hearing from all the experts out there.