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Blizzard Bushwacker/Bonafide

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Hi

 

I'm in a pickle over the Bushwacker or Bonafide. I'm a pretty competent back-country skier, but having done a couple of seasons, I now only get to the mountain about 2-3 weeks a season so can't guarantee good snow. My brain is telling me the narrower Bushwacker will be the better choice because I'm not likely to get much deep snow and they'll be more fun. But my heart tells me the wider Bonfide's would be great for when it does snow. Just concerned that extra width will make them un-manageable on groomers.

 

Currently skiing some old Public Enemies so need an upgrade. ANy advice?

 

Thanks

Dai

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Almost everyone who skis the bones is impressed by how well they perform on groomers.  Clearly there's a reason they get so many rave reviews.

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Where do you ski? How do you ski? Do you go off-piste at the resort, or only leave groomers when you're in the BC? 

 

I own Bones, and I wouldn't want anything narrower. But I would like to add a ski in the 112mm to 122mm range for something really playful in the really deep and tight. 

 

The advice you get will depend on your answers to the questions above-- and the mentality/style of those responding (like me). 

 

I ski in the Tyrol, where the groomers are groomed to death. Bumps? Hahaha. Try to find them. But the off-piste is extensive, and variable-- crust, deep powder, wind-blown, cliffs, poorly/not marked, poorly/not controlled.

 

My experience is that the Bones (for someone light like me) are boring at low speed on groomers (though terrific at all speeds off piste), but come to life at speed even on groomers. I ski almost totally off piste if I can, but I had some incredible runs down long, steep, fast groomers last season on them. 

 

I like the Bones for when I have to be on groomers because I get bored on groomers making lots of small radius slow turns... I prefer to move if I can't be off piste. So they match my style in that regard. They'd be totally fine for me on the EC (where I grew up) because of this, but may not be suitable to other EC skiers with a different style. Likewise, they'd work great for me on the WC (where I used to live). And they're wonderful here in Europe since they can handle just about all conditions. 

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Welcome to Epic. You tell us nearly nothing about where you ski or how large you are or how old or how you like to ski. If you're under 180 lbs, or like to ski mainly groomers, or ski trees at moderate speeds, your brain is right, the Bushwackers are the best choice. They're a better all around biased toward groomer or bump or tree based skiing. If you're over 180 lbs, or like some here, would rather live for the few days with < 6" of pow, then the Bone. Which also does fine in bumps and such, just a bit more work. Both great skis. 

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Where do you ski? I ski in Europe these days, mainly the Swiss Alps - Verbier or the Porte Du Soleil.

 

How do you ski? Like to ski fast on groomers and cruise whenever I'm in powder - love that surfy feel. Like to find as much powder as possible.

 

Do you go off-piste at the resort, or only leave groomers when you're in the BC? Go off piste in resort whenever possible.

 

Sounds like the Bones would be a good choice?
 

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Where do you ski? I ski in Europe these days, mainly the Swiss Alps - Verbier or the Porte Du Soleil.

 

How do you ski? Like to ski fast on groomers and cruise whenever I'm in powder - love that surfy feel. Like to find as much powder as possible.

 

Do you go off-piste at the resort, or only leave groomers when you're in the BC? Go off piste in resort whenever possible.

 

Sounds like the Bones would be a good choice?
 

 

 

My answer-- being from a bit East in the Austrian Alps (smaller)-- is yes! But keep in mind the Bonafide seems to respond quite differently depending on weight. I'm light (62 kg, pre-breakfast, as of this AM... I need to put on another 3-5 kg for the season), so at 180cm it's more of a big mountain ski to me, floats great, and is plenty playful since I'm happy to drive it. But it's not something automatically toss-able and purely slarve-y without effort. If you're heavier, it may be. If you're heavy enough, it might too bendable (then look at Cochise, perhaps). 

 

Last season I had it in everything from super hard pack (but not really clear EC ice) to 2.5 ft fresh POW. Fast big turns on the super hard pack groom, with no speed limit or lack of edge bite, fast and driving in crud, and anything I cared to do in POW when moving. It definitely prefers to be pointed down the fall line.

 

Of course, there are probably plenty of other skis from other brands that would be just as good for where you are and what you ski. 

 

And feel free to take my viewpoint with a grain of salt, this grain: If there's anything I feel I'm missing for what I enjoy it's not better groomer performance, but something even a bit wider and more playful in deeper/tighter situations, perhaps with a little less camber and a little more rocker. 

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