Skiing in the Canadian Rockies, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Castle, Lake Louise...
Skiing style, I prefer all turn types, soft snow, 70% off piste, 30% on piste. ( If there's snow! )
Looking for recommendations in both the 98mm daily driver and 112+mm powder arenas.
Have been reading numerous reviews on multiple sites and have had a chance to demo a few models last year, it was a Rossignol demo day so E98 187, and s3 186 .
Anything from boot top fresh to slushy mank and soft pack groomers in Kimberley, BC.
I liked the e98 but had no wow factor with the ski, stable and solid, perhaps a bit demanding for a daily driver. The s3 was fairly fun, easy to turn, just maybe a bit soft for my size.
Rented an s7 some weeks later with the hope of hitting some deep snow but there was
little to be found the day I got on them. Crazy easy to turn in what snow there was and perhaps a contender in my powder choices. Centered skiing is a newer technique for me but was easy to figure out on these skis. Used to driving the tips more in the past but as I age, I'm not charging much anymore.
I have potentially purchased Nordica Hell and Back's in a 185 but I'm having second thoughts that maybe a Blizzard Bonafide 187 or Line Prophet98 186 may be a better option for me. I am buying within the week on the 98 mm skis and will have no option to demo.
As for the fatter end of the skis, considering a Line Opus 192, perhaps a Blizzard Gunsmoke 186,
S7 188, and open to other choices.
I may be over thinking the 98 mm category as I perceive the Hell and Back and Bonafide to have similar traits, but would appreciate some further feedback from the good folks on this forum. Missed the Starthaus deal by a day or two! Dang!
Thanks for reading,