Hey guys so last year I bought a set of Blizzard Magnum 8.1 and I love them, they are an absolute blast on groomers and rip, they have no speed limit IMO. I love the strength and power of these skis on the front side. And I do LOVE to go fast on the groomers. When I bought these skis, I considered myself an 80% frontside skier. BUT last year I started skiing in the trees more, and fell in love, and now I'd say (conditions barring) I only do one groomer run as a warmup and spend most of the day on tree runs, and getting more into bump runs. The problem is, the Mag 8.1 are a bit of work in the trees/bumps, and rightfully so, they weren't made for that. First off, theyre heavy, they dont float well, and the tail likes to stay planted and doesn't hop around easily. Quick short linked turns are too much work in these babies. They dont like to be slowed down, and trees and fast is a bad combo.
First off, I am NOT looking to have a 2 ski quicker. I am actually no longer going to have the Magnum 8.1 and want to replace them with a single ski that can do similar on the groomers, yet be more versatile and easier to navigate in the trees/bumps/tight spaces. Dont know if that's possible as I am wanting two opposite things. I know EVERYONE wants this but a 50/50 blend is ideal as I really do enjoy skiing both terrain. Especially being that I am a east coast skier, groomers are sometimes the only thing thats available and fun to ski. But I really love finding the stashes in the trees and if the trees are good, I stay in them all day.
So the skis I have considered looking at (have not demo'd anything) are primarily in the 85-95ish underfoot range, include the Blizzard Bushwacker (heard they lack metal and aren't as stable), Blizzard Bonafide, Blizzard The One, Blizzard 8.0/8.5 Ti (next year), Volkl Mantra or Kendo, Volkl RTM heard good things about the Elan Apex 88, and would love the Kastle MX88 but theyre a bit outta my price range. What are your thoughts of these? I know theyre all fairly similar and all good skis from what I've read.
Any others you'd throw out there?