Originally Posted by skugrud
SierraJim - Thanks for the reply, but I a a little confused about the first line. I think you are giving a big recommendation for the new Goats? Is that right?
And interestingly enough, I did have a chance to ski the new Goat on some groomed snow (no deep snow) and although it was different it was not "totally weird" and I could live with it as a trade off for the deep snow potential of that ski.
I'll give some props for the new Gotama (I have last years)-I ski Moonlight Basin/Big Sky and they are a great every day ski IMO. The only conditions I have found them to be lacking are refrozen crud, and very hard snow (which is rare out here). They actually make a nice clean carve on the groomers when tipped over. They are a stable cruising ski, even though they get some tip flap (keep them on edge). I feel like I am the perfect size/weight for these-I can bend them easily without overpowering. The platform underfoot feels very secure-you can really stand on it when getting angles.
Awesome in the pow/steeps/trees-I can hop into the Headwaters and just KNOW that that the all important first turn will be no problem (they are quick), and absolutely no dip dive. If these are as bad as people say-there must really be some great skis out there!!! They do ski different to what I was on (Mantra) and will not respond to tip pressure-it is all underfoot.I like how playful they are-really fun
I am looking forward to trying some new skis-but will ski my Goats for another season (Big Sky season passes are not cheap!)
My one ski quiver these days. I am 5'6" 160 lb, 50 years young and ski the 178. Level 8-9. Good luck finding your ride, I found mine.