I'm looking to get a fatter ski to compliment my Kendo 184's this season in Tahoe (if we ever get the La Nina snow that's been promised!) My home mountains this year will be Alpine Meadows and Squaw and I plan on skiing every weekend to every other weekend depending on the snow conditions. So far I *love* the Kendo in everything but bumps and I have had an absolute blast with them on steep groomers and in boot deep "pow."
I'm 6'3" tall and a strong 240 pounds "out of the shower," so probably more like 255+ suited up with hydration pack, etc. I'd consider myself an advancing 7 and I am working hard on progressing further. Bumps and really chopped up crud are my main weaknesses right now, although I tackle them when I can to try and progress. Haven't quite progressed to double black chutes, but I like wider steeps like The Wall at Kirkwood.
I'd love to start skiing trees more, but didn't have anyone else to ski with last season so I pretty much stayed out b/c I didn't want to end up in a tree well. This year I hope to ski with several experienced Squaw friends who know the mountain and can show me some of the secret stashes, hence the fatter ski wish. I'm currently in Lange RX100's which are probably too soft for my size. Elite Feet said at my size I should probably be in something with more race oriented stiffness like the Salomon X3 130 CS, so I'll probably get fitted for those over the Christmas break.
The few times I skied Squaw last season I was surprised by how tracked out it was by Noon after big dumps. The entire mountain facing the lifts basically looked like one big mogul field. Skiing bumps like that with the Kendo wasn't what I would call "fun," but I'm sure that's also due to my own weakness in that area, not to mention the Kendo's stiff tail likely making me work much harder than I should be. So my first criteria is going to be a ski that's a little more forgiving in that respect to help me progress a little easier.
The ski would be something wide enough for my size to hit the mountain with the day after a big dump (or during) when the lifts open and continue to ski all over the mountain after lunch when the bumps start popping out everywhere. I'm thinking something on the stiffer side, probably with metal, but with a short enough turning radius to make bumps easier. I'd like some feedback on what others use for those "tracked out" afternoons at Squaw from any locals if possible.
I'd ideally like to keep the Kendo's for those days when it hasn't snowed in a few.
My short list of skis to try right now are:
Blizzard Bonafide (probably too close to Kendo in size and mission, so might not go there unless demoing them can convince me to sell my Kendos).
Blizzard Bodacious (probably doesn't fit the "good in bumps" criteria above)
Rossi Super 7's in a 188 or 195.
DPS Wailer 112rp (probably can't get them b/c they are sold out everywhere)
Armada JJs (probably too soft for me)
Moment Tahoe (see Bonafide, above)
Moment Jaguar Shark
SkiLogik Howitzer or Bomb Squad
Nordica Unleased or Radict