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Blizzard Bonafide Good For The East?

post #1 of 13
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Hey all. I've been reading some awesome reviews about the Bonafide and at the moment they are one of my top contenders for a new pair of skis. I'm concerned that these would not be the best for the east as we don't get those great powder days as often. Might be a good idea to look at something slightly more oriented to on piste that would be a bit more stable on edge at high speeds while still obtaining the ability to blast through crud, etc. Anyone in the east give these guys a whirl? And if this is the case anyone have any additional suggestions? Thanks for the help.

post #2 of 13
Not really. Bone is too stiff to be a good powder ski and too wide and rockered to be a real great eastern carver. It's a great carver for a 100 mm rockered ski, but I won't pick it for a daily driver in the East. You also need weight and technique to get the most out of that ski. In general, magazine tests need to be adjusted for your area and skiing style. good luck.
post #3 of 13

Agreed...The Bonafide is a decent daily driver for western skiing...responds nicely to a little charging...I think a better eastern daily driver that is great in modest pow would be the Kastle MX or BMX88 if you can afford them...demo first if you can

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Bones are super stable at high speed, especially on edge.............. I can't seem to find their top speed................ I live in northern VT and they are now my daily drivers (6' , 200lbs)............. my only skinny skis are race stock fischer slalom skis that I only take out on pure boiler plate days............. other than that it's Mantras for the early and late season rocks and Bones for everything else under a 2' dump.............

post #5 of 13

While I enjoy skiing the Bonafide here in Tahoe, it might not be by first choice if I was still back east. Kastle MX88/LX92, Blizzard Magnum 8.5Ti, Nordica Steadfast are just a few skis that I would probably choose over it. Bit If I HAD to ski the Bonafide in the east...well, put it this way...I wouldn't be switching to snowboarding. 

post #6 of 13

You don't mention anything about your weight or height or style or where you ski, which would help. But the only minor qualification I ever hear about an otherwise top of heap ski is that it can feel a bit wide in tight quarters, or that the stiffness means you need to stay on them in bumps. Looking for the subtext in that kind of comment, I suspect Alexzn is dead on. Sure you could ski them here in the east just fine - obviously Yo Mama likes them for all that maching down our empty long runs and back bowls - but there are a number of other skis that will probably take less work to handle trees, bumps and such. Depending on your vitals, the BMX98, FX94, E98, Wailer 99, Armada TST, and (I bet) the new Kabookie and Big Stix are all nice all arounds for softer snow back east. If you're looking for more of a one-ski quiver, then suggest dropping 10 mm, thinking about skis like the Bushwacker, Outland 87, 8.5 Ti, Rev 85, VXL, Kendo. So many good skis out there these days it's ridiculous.

 

Now if you're looking for a ski that'll also handle vacations out west, that changes things... 

post #7 of 13

I'm an eastern skier, and, last year, for a day I used Philpug's Bonefide's at Northstar on some hard snow conditions that were typical of what we get in the east. I found them to be more capable on the hard stuff than I would have anticipated, but, at 99 waist, they are far less nimble than I would have liked. That's ok if you want to do fast GS style skiing, but, on smaller eastern hills, give my something less wide. I also used Fair to Middlin's 77 waisted skis on the same conditions and liked them so much that I bought them.

 

I agree with Beyond's thoughts. Unless you actually try a wide ski in the typical conditions, it's a risk.

post #8 of 13

As others have mentioned, the Bonafide is one of several ~~ 98mm skis that make a superb western daily driver for approximately 50/50 (on trail vs. off trail) usage. I have had a pair more or less living in my car for the past two winters. However, it is not the ideal tool for the east. I lived in Stowe for 4 years and if I were still there, I might own a Bonafide but would probably choose something narrower as a daily driver ski. There have been several good ones mentioned and you likely wouldn't go wrong with any of the "versatile frontsiders" in the 84-90mm range.

 

SJ 
 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

You don't mention anything about your weight or height or style or where you ski, which would help. 

 

 

I weigh about 155lbs, 5 foot 9-10 inches. I raced for many years and have no problem skiing a pair of SL Racetigers. I've always skied something that might be a little too much for most people my weight. I plan on skiing mostly in NH this year. Hope to make it up to Maine and northern VT. 

 

Although some good points about the Bones not being the most nimble skis around, I do still have a pair of SL Racetigers for those crudless/powderless days. 

 

Some really good advice here. Much appreciated. Anyone know of any good demo places in New Hampshire or Mass?

 

Yo Mamma, where in northern VT do you live? I just graduated from UVM. Skied at Sugarbush primarily. 

post #10 of 13

I like the Bonafide. I was skiing it all last year in Utah, mostly hardpack, trees, bumps, crud and a few powder days. I find it a fun ski for fast speeds on groomers and it can blast through any cruddy conditions like nothing. I would recommend it for the east if you like using a bigger ski, but if you are just doing groomers then a different ski might be better for you.

post #11 of 13

I ski Stowe a fair amount...  there are a good number of people in the liftlines on ~100mm skis.  I don't recall seeing any particular ski more than other; as mentioned above, there are all kinds of skis in that width category that are available.  Skis that wide are serious overkill for anything on-trail, but get into some tight woods and you don't really want something that requires "speed" (unless you really really good...).

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I ski Stowe a fair amount...  there are a good number of people in the liftlines on ~100mm skis.  I don't recall seeing any particular ski more than other; as mentioned above, there are all kinds of skis in that width category that are available.  Skis that wide are serious overkill for anything on-trail, but get into some tight woods and you don't really want something that requires "speed" (unless you really really good...).

 

Stowe is actually a really good example for this sort of question. I've skied Stowe many times as well so I know exactly what it offers. Lot of ways into the woods and lots of groomers (early in the morning before the bum rush). I don't want anything over 100mm, I don't think it is necessary for the east where the conditions that suit a ski like that are not as common. 98 would be the max. 

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Originally Posted by Mattman657 View Post
Yo Mamma, where in northern VT do you live? I just graduated from UVM. Skied at Sugarbush primarily. 

 

Between Stowe and St. Johnsbury.............. Walden area............. skied Mt Ellen (Sugarbush North) for many years.............. still one of my favorites! Now loving the Gondy at Stowe, Bench and Bruce trails are my favorite (Bruce is off the Quad shhhhhh no map for that one, dont' tell anyone where it is!!!!)................ but the snow is at Bretton Woods............. Mt Wash just locks in the storms and it dumps w/ more useable snow than Jay .......... yep more than Jay! LOL..............popcorn.gif Sorry .............. topic for another thread.............not trying to hijack this one...........


Edited by Yo Momma - 9/11/12 at 11:58am
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