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ONLY ONE SKI - The "One Ski," Part Deux

post #1 of 11
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You have just won the latest EpicSki contest in which you and three friends will get to ski for a week in the Andes in August. Sweet! But here is the rub. Due to limited transportation options, you may only take one pair of skis.

 

Which skis will you take? Why? Is this the same pair of skis on which you spend most of your time during the season? Is this your "One Ski?"

 

I look forward to the choices of the lunatic hordes.

 

 

 

 

 

I only own one pair of skis, so I will take my Salomon X-Wings. Or, I will take a leap of faith and buy a pair of 180cm Bonafides, based upon all the feedback I have read on this forum. I like the feel of 98s and believe it would be a good "one ski."

post #2 of 11

Well, first I'd talk to people who are regulars and ski the type of terrain I prefer at the venue I'm going to be visiting, then I'd chose a ski. 

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Well, first I'd talk to people who are regulars and ski the type of terrain I prefer at the venue I'm going to be visiting, then I'd chose a ski. 


Well, that scenario is dead. I was hoping for more of a dialog about people's favorite, go-to, all-conditions ski. So let me propose that the locals all ski on boards with rudders like they do in Nepal (we've all seen the video looping at resorts and ski shops). Which ski in your quivver do you find yourself using for the widest range of conditions?
 

 

post #4 of 11

I would take the Nordica Girish--never seen one, but I like the graphics.

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Well, that scenario is dead. I was hoping for more of a dialog about people's favorite, go-to, all-conditions ski. So let me propose that the locals all ski on boards with rudders like they do in Nepal (we've all seen the video looping at resorts and ski shops). Which ski in your quivver do you find yourself using for the widest range of conditions?
 

 

More specifically, at the local hill, Rossi E98 (180). If I were doing lift accessed only in Niseko, the Bodacious (186, but the 194 wouldn't be a problem there) would be in the bag. For Las Lenas from what I've seen, I'd look hard that the mid 100's Kastle in about a 185'ish. Better?

post #6 of 11

Nordica Steadfastwink.gif 90 mm waist. Bites like a race ski on ice.  Good in powder & junk.   Solid at speed.  Quick, snappy, & playful in bumps & tight spaces.

post #7 of 11

I would take my SGs.  None of my other skis are stable at very high speeds, and you must know that I could not go to the Andes without giving in to temptation.

 

My SGs used to be my everyday skis, but they aren't any more.

 

If I could bring 2 pair, I would bring my Volant Machetes too.

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More specifically, at the local hill, Rossi E98 (180). If I were doing lift accessed only in Niseko, the Bodacious (186, but the 194 wouldn't be a problem there) would be in the bag. For Las Lenas from what I've seen, I'd look hard that the mid 100's Kastle in about a 185'ish. Better?

Better!
 

 

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I would take my SGs.  None of my other skis are stable at very high speeds, and you must know that I could not go to the Andes without giving in to temptation.

 

My SGs used to be my everyday skis, but they aren't any more.

 

If I could bring 2 pair, I would bring my Volant Machetes too.


Being new to the sport, it all sounds Greek to me.

 

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Being new to the sport, it all sounds Greek to me.

 


Sorry.

 

I would take my old-fashioned 208 centimeter Specially designed for super-giant slalom racing at high speeds, but with slightly softer tips so they are easier to turn than skis designed strictly for downhill courses.  They are pretty stiff, very smooth, lots of damping, and about a 65-70 m turn radius.

 

 

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If I could bring two pair, I would bring these beautiful stainless steel skis designed by Shane McConkey that are shorter (190 cm), livelier, and work well between 10 and 50 mph, and a turn radius of around 24 m.

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post #11 of 11

My most used skis this season, by a huge margin, have been the Head i.SL RDs in 165cm. Poor choice for the Andes?

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