*Location of review: Mt Rose
*Runs Taken: half a day split up between 5 different skis.
*Snow Conditions: Day 2 at the gathering. Day after a big dump with lots of fresh wind loading. Money groomers and moguls. Boney snow pack dodging rocks in the trees everything seems really tight and you need to be able to put a turn right here.
*Demo or Purchase: Demo, thanks to the Gathermeister for setting this up!
Me: 210lb. Decent skier can ski most stuff at most resorts "out west" with out getting worked. Prefer noodles to chargers.
184 Blizzard the One
178 Dynastar Sultan 85
190 DPS 112 RP
185 Paxis Powder
185 Dynastar Huge Trouble
Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
In order of test...
Dynastar Cham 97 178 cm: Magical tree ski. Great float and smear ability in the trees -- One of the best tree skis I have been on. Great bump ski as well. Groomers were OK, but I expect more from a 97 width all around ski. Not much energy. I think these were too small for me but at the same time, its a perfect length for tree noodling. These skis feel very short.
Dynastar Cham 107 184cm: A fun shape with a tail. Plenty of fun and smearing in the soft stuff so long as you stay centered. Good manners in the tighter lines in the trees but they wanted a bit more room to run. They are a very solid feeliing ski once they are moving, the tail helps here finishing turns in chop / weird snow at speed solid at speed in any snow conditions. Again, a great bump ski (for a 107 width) but more deliberate than the 97. Better on groomers than the 97 but still just OK.
I want to try the high mountain and see if I like the Carbon feel...
Blizzard Bonafide 187: Don't ski like a fun shape. Good powder ski when its open. Where they don't work for me to me is in the trees. Just don't want to hook up on tight turns on soft snow. I like the feel of the ski a lot when its open enough to let them run.
Blizzard 8.5 TI 181: Great carver. Very good bump ski. Checks all the boxes for a narrower ski at a big resort. Easily replaces the Sultan 85 for me.
Blizzard GunSmoke 186: A fatter more rockered, "The One". Great feel in powder, trees, and in bumps. Unlike The One, its not much of a carver. Worse than the Chams IMO. The 112 RP is not in any danger...
Edited by tromano - 2/29/12 at 6:46am