Hi everyone, I'm looking for a new pair of skis for the upcoming 2012-13 winter.
Our local ski area gets quite a bit of fresh snow, (460" annual snowfall,) however there are still many days with hardpack/variable conditions.
I ski in all snow types, but prefer powder.
The majority of off piste trails in our area are through trees, so a short to mid range turning radius ski is optimal
The vertical at our resort is pretty small (1600 ft)
Last year I was on the K2 Sidestash 2011 and loved it for it's versatility
The year before rode the Gotama Jr.- hated it- too short, poor carving, bad edge hold, not enough float.
This year my overall hope for a ski is one that can charge hard while still performing well in trees, float on powder, rail groomers, and handle variable conditions well.
This year I've narrowed my choices down to:
Icelantic Nomad RKR (For all mountain performance)
Icelantic Shaman (For powder, trees, and groomers)
Mr Pollard's Opus (Playfulness, trees, groomers, powder) Very possible choice
Blizzard Cochise (Charging, all mountain performance) Very possible choice
K2 Sidestash (All mountain, hardpack, variable conditions, everything) Very possible choice
Feedback would be appreciated, Thanks!
Oh, and so far I haven't found any nearby demo shops. I live in Pagosa Springs, Co. Please let me know if you know of any nearby areas that I can find demo gear.