Please help me think through my choices for a slack country ski. I’m not worried about weight (too much) for this ski although I don’t want something really heavy. I want more of a fun, playful ski that will be dual-duty for resort skiing and for shorter jaunts into the slack country (e.g., a few k in or out). The binding that I’ll probably use is the new Salomon Guardian or the Atomic version. Boots will be both my Solomon XC130s and Scarpa Maelestrales. Granted, the Maelestrale will be a tad bit on the wimpy side for the skis I’m looking at, but another pair of boots (e.g., the Maelstrale RS) is not in the budget for this year. I want a ski that will compliment my current resort and BC skis and that can be used for slack country when the snow is good.
My current resort skis include; Bones, JJs and Kastle MX88 and various race and rock skis. My BC set-up is the Dynafit Manaslu with a Dynafit binding (this will be used for longer days with lots of travel), but I want something more substantial for slack country. I very much like all the skis that I have for the intended purpose of the ski. The JJs are getting old and have been used a fair amount over the last two years.
My current thoughts for skis include: another set of JJs, Atomic Automatic, Moment Bibby, or the 4frnt Hoji. I’m also looking at the K2 Pettitor.
I ski about 70 to 90 days per season, mostly at resorts, but now that one of my kids has “retired” from ski racing and I’ll have less ski-racer-parent responsibilities (I still have one U16 racing), I hope to get into the slack- and back-country a bit more. In terms of preference, I tend to like chutes, trees, and bumps, although opening up some speed in a bowl is also fun. I’m comfortable either carving or slarving and like a ski on which I can do either depending on mood or conditions. I’m not really a hucker, although I like some air time, and I’m definitely not a park rat. For this ski, I want something more on the playful and agile end of the spectrum rather than a bruiser. This ski will be used mostly when there is fresh at the resort or a promise of fresh in the next slope over but some travel is needed. My favorite local places to ski include: Kicking Horse, Reve, Castle, Fernie, Panorama, Louise, and Sunshine (kind of in that order). Have been back country skiing for many years.
Any thoughts or additions to the “list” would be most welcome.
Edited by canadianskier - 9/10/12 at 1:53pm