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If you could only own one ski for the rest of your life, it'd be _________.

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Thread Starter 

OK, so most of us are gear whores. Or maybe we’re not pros, we just can’t commit. We fall hard, become bored or disillusioned fast, look for another object of lust. Like being in college forever.

 

We’re fed by the procurers. Who trot out their stable of skis, tell us how each will take us where we’ve never been before. “Just try it,” they wink. “Your old ski will never even know you’re demoing.” And before we know it, we're thinking about multiple skis. Or even harems. We can't look our old skis in the shovel anymore. 

 

Of course, the procurers never stick with any of their skis either. Pros can’t; would set a bad example for the other skis. Reps would stop coming by with new models. Customers would notice and wonder...

 

But what if we all had to stick with one ski until the grim orthopedist takes us away? No cheating, no late afternoon quickies at the tent, no fondling in the shop. Just one ski for everything we ski, and for always. Even when it’s looking tired and worn and the new ones, well, they’re hot.

 

Not necessarily about versatility, see, maybe you’d want a specialist in one kind of thrill. But it's gotta be a pair you’d want to look at over the ski rack years from now. What ski would you pick for the long haul?

post #2 of 62

Head ispeed

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I'd go with the 2017 Elan Global Storming, a new magnetic technology allows the base of the ski to repel the earth causing the ski (and skier) to float 12 to 20" above any surface, turning every slope a bottomless powder experience. You are living in a fantasy world if you think I'd stick to one pair of skis for ever, so I'll join your make-believe world.

post #4 of 62

Summer must be starting if we are getting those threads.  And, of course, the best ski is the ski I ski now...  

 

But if you want a serious answer, for me that wold be a fatt-ish midfat (a cross between old Gotama, Mantra and ProRider- how's that for chimera).  Actually, what particular midfat does not really matter;  there are many good offerings in that class, but for me that class still rules.  I will be happy skiing it every day.  

 

Regardless of what you feel about "procurers", the ski technology does go forward, so the best examples of the genre will inevitably be the new-ish skis.  That is called progress, not viral marketing.  So the new skis are generally better than old models (with maybe a few exceptions); whether it is worth upgrading is always a personal question.    So, I look at my skis lined up on the wall and I pick the middle pair as an answer to your question.  So, yes, the best skis is indeed the one I ski now.

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I'd go with the 2017 Elan Global Storming, a new magnetic technology allows the base of the ski to repel the earth causing the ski (and skier) to float 12 to 20" above any surface, turning every slope a bottomless powder experience. You are living in a fantasy world if you think I'd stick to one pair of skis for ever, so I'll join your make-believe world.

Apparently, 2017 Global Storming has been replaced in 2018 by the new JetStorming Plus model that adds a rocket-propelled accelerator to the package; industry insiders project a flood of year-old Global Stormings to hit the used market.  Due to the nature of the ski the bases are expected to stay in good conditions, so you can get your own pair cheap, cheap, cheap...  

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Apparently, 2017 Global Storming has been replaced in 2018 by the new JetStorming Plus model that adds a rocket-propelled accelerator to the package; 

I'm only interested if the rocket propulsion is a 'tour mode', with zero friction between the ski and ground, the Global Storming doesn't need additional help with speed down the fall line.

post #7 of 62

Humm, would you be able to have multiple pairs of the same ski, or would the single pair of skis have to last your entire lifetime?

 

Humm, could one have different lengths of the same ski model?

 

Out of everything I have out back right now, and that I've skied lifetime I'd go with a 179 PE, older 80mm waist model.  Fun all around ski that can hold a NASTAR course, hangs well in bumps, skiable in deep snow (don't get that much of it around here), and pretty damn bulletproof.

post #8 of 62
Thread Starter 

To clarify: 1) Yes, it's summer. Has been since the middle of April back here. Gotta come up with an actual ski, A. Bet I know which one. wink.gif 2) Yes, you can own multiple pairs, to allow for wearing out. But not different lengths. That's cheating with twins. 3) Yes, it's a fantasy. But not Back to The Future II, W. More like Groundhog Day. 4) The Cliff's Notes is that some skis seem to stay respected, year in and year out, with only cosmetic changes. The PE, for instance. Or old Gotamas. Some don't. Curious what each of you think you could live with. That's all. Oh yeah, and the bizarre fact that most people in fact only own one ski, for years at a time...eek.gif

post #9 of 62

The 2010 Line Mothership as its confident on firm icyish snow and at the other extreme turned me into a powder expert as it sunk very little compaired to 

other skis I have owned

post #10 of 62
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To clarify: 1) Yes, it's summer. Has been since the middle of April back here. Gotta come up with an actual ski, A. Bet I know which one. wink.gif 2) Yes, you can own multiple pairs, to allow for wearing out. But not different lengths. That's cheating with twins. 3) Yes, it's a fantasy. But not Back to The Future II, W. More like Groundhog Day. 4) The Cliff's Notes is that some skis seem to stay respected, year in and year out, with only cosmetic changes. The PE, for instance. Or old Gotamas. Some don't. Curious what each of you think you could live with. That's all. Oh yeah, and the bizarre fact that most people in fact only own one ski, for years at a time...eek.gif

 

That's just crazy talk...

post #11 of 62

Assuming that we get to have the conditions that compliment the ski?

 

Hands down, the DPS 112

 

if it has to be for all conditions?  I'll take a Blizz' Bone. 

post #12 of 62
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That's just crazy talk...


Love it!

 

Oh, and I've already got it, the original (heavy) old-school Kästle National Team SG, 208 cm.

post #13 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Assuming that we get to have the conditions that compliment the ski?

 

Hands down, the DPS 112

 

if it has to be for all conditions?  I'll take a Blizz' Bone. 

To clarify II: We will continue to ski in roughly the same proportion of conditions and terrain we ski in now. Otherwise everyone would specify perpetual hip deep smoke and Toons. Hey, the fantasy needs to be realistic. biggrin.gif

post #14 of 62

       I love my new DPS wailer 99 pure.........I got 1 month ago....   awsome...

 

 

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post #15 of 62

Kastle MX88 178cm

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As an early adopter and proponent of what is now known as FDQ (I feel that the naming rights were taken right from under my nose cool.gif), I'd tend to agree with this statement.

 

But really the original question is legit only if it posed in terms of a type of the ski, not a particular model.  We can debate the virtue of Gotama vs Cochise ad-nauseum, but the are really two examples of the same kind and whoever is happy on one will be happy with another after a couple of days of adjustment.  The innovation actually happens between types, not between models.  Pocket Rocket and black Gotamas introduced the all-mountain fat twin, Mantra embodies the GS midfat, S7 was/ the rockered powder ski, Bonafide is the rockered midfat (a better Mantra), etc., etc.   I tend to pick a class or two and then I ski whatever I like in that class.     

 

P.S. Beyond, your guess is right wink.gif.    

 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Assuming that we get to have the conditions that compliment the ski?

 

Hands down, the DPS 112

 

if it has to be for all conditions?  I'll take a Blizz' Bone. 

post #17 of 62

I know there's something wrong with me liking them so much, but Elan SCX 163cm. They rule on packed snow and as far as I could tell, did quite well in powder. Maybe I was doing it wrong, but I had a great time on 'em in the powder snow. Ignorance is bliss. :)

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...Oh yeah, and the bizarre fact that most people in fact only own one ski, for years at a time...eek.gif

 

I don't think it's excessive to have a pair. Two is much better than one when it comes to skis.

post #19 of 62

If you literally mean only one ski, I'd go with a snowboard. I guess a pretty wooden one from Arbor would do.

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post #20 of 62
Thread Starter 

Oh, I don't know, I once skied/skidded down half of Snowbird on one 68 mm ski. It was, ah, an experience. biggrin.gif

post #21 of 62
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Kastle MX88 178cm

 

Yup.  Me too.

post #22 of 62
Thread Starter 

Hmmm, do we have a trend? Because (not to keep up the detached bit unrealistically long), that'd be my call, too. The MX88. Best single ski to Rule It All. Always. Now if they'd give it just a dab of early rise... popcorn.gif

post #23 of 62

Make that another vote for the Kastle MX88. 

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Hmm, happens to be the ski you own at the moment.  And if they just make a little tweak to it, it will be so much better....   See any hint of a trend anywhere here?    BTW, I am guilty as charged as well...

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Hmmm, do we have a trend? Because (not to keep up the detached bit unrealistically long), that'd be my call, too. The MX88. Best single ski to Rule It All. Always. Now if they'd give it just a dab of early rise... popcorn.gif

post #25 of 62

LL

post #26 of 62

Stockli Stormrider XXXL, crud buster, can ski hard pack and I'd learn to ski powder old school again.

post #27 of 62

OK, since you control the thread...  DPS 112..  happy now?  (but those skis whiteroom have sound good though) 

post #28 of 62
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

Hmmm, do we have a trend? Because (not to keep up the detached bit unrealistically long), that'd be my call, too. The MX88. Best single ski to Rule It All. Always. Now if they'd give it just a dab of early rise... popcorn.gif

 

No thanks. Don't mess with perfection.

post #29 of 62

I believe you may be too late.......

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No thanks. Don't mess with perfection.

post #30 of 62

MX98 from a  few years ago, but they don't make it anymore. 

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