Long time viewer/member, not much of a poster, but here's one: I'm 5' 9", 170 lbs., 59 yrs. young (!) I've skied since my teen years, so I'm probably an accomplished level 7. My home base is Mission Ridge, with all its off-piste nooks and crannies, but trips to White Pass, Silver Mt., Schweitzer and Mt.Hood Meadows always on the slate. I've been skiing the Watea 94 @178 as an all-mountain for the last 4 years. (Which, by the way, is a wonderful ski itself.) I had been looking to get more of a dedicated powder ski and had also considered JJs and the Bent Chetler before settling on the Opus @185 last November (Salomon STH14 binding). After using these about 10 times, I feel I can make a qualified judgement, which is YES! They are loads of fun. I've had success with them in 2 feet of fresh in the glades and trees of the basin out at White Pass. I typically hike out Windy Ridge at Mission and drop over the lip for fun in wind-drifted pockets. I don't like moguls in the steeps, but when new snow fills in around them, these skis respond to technique for quick turns. As advertised, they really do great on groomers as well, and can be poppy-fun on the rollers. I've had them up to speed in a low stance when the slopes clear out near the end of the day, with no issues or fear of losing control.......The only question now, is when are the Wateas gonna' see action again?...Probably as spring conditions firm up the snow. I was a bit worried about getting the longer 185 length and then again about the recommended mounting position. (They only seem longer in back.) However, everything is right-on. One more thing, while I have seen a few Line Bacons out there this year, have not run into another person with the Opus.
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3/3/12 at 12:30pm