Originally Posted by Philpug
what are you looking to do that you feel your skis are holding you back?
Are you looking for ONE ski to replace it or are you going to build a quiver?
lets check your boots first, lets make sure that all the energy you are putting to the ski is actually getting there. Very well, a more efficient fit boot might also bring some life back into the Mantras for you too. Then the questions comes up...
WHY do you feel the gear is holding you back?
What are you looking to accomplish in your skiing that you aren't getting now?
Where will be you be taking your coaching/clinicing? Squalpine? Northstar? SugarBowl? Other?
I'm looking to improve both ends of my game, hard pack performance, and variable condition skiing. My Mantras* are not at their best so I'd like to have a better option day-to-day at least.
At most, we are talking two new skis. One daily driver, and one big mountain ski. I have some biases about which types but I am open to experimenting in all the new technologies.
That, plus the Mantra, which I am not just going to retire definitely constitute a quiver, whether the Mantras see snow on the regular or not.
Boots are surefoots. I feel reasonably good about them, but would be happy to pretend I didn't buy them there (or win them as the case was but thats another story).
I would say the gear is holding me back because of a lack of confidence in the Mantras. I have had way too many over the handlebar wipeouts in the mantra to live down. It just has that weakspot, and its a biggy for me. No complaints! Just an observation, learning from round one. Then there's the tune/pop issue. They're beat to shit. I ripped bindings once going mach scnhell at the bottom of a northstar groomer. I broke bindings during a private lesson at Squaw and had to hike with the setup to the top of Granite. They have been excellent to learn on and I really like the ski. One easy option is just buy new mantras. Whats the fun in that though? I know they've added tip rocker and a few mm underfoot. Interested but probably not the most interesting.
Jamt makes a good suggestion to bend the other Mantra. I thought about it so that was funny to read in a joking way.
I'm hoping to accomplish some more skills and abilities. I'm a solid skier and I can definitely hang/lead in my social circle. I'd like to start to improve that ski social circle and find myself skiing with better skiers more of the time than not. (Hope that doesn't come across as terrible to say, I love coaching, helping my friends get better too!)
I want to improve two aspects of my game: hard snow and soft. I *need* a new daily driver at a minimum. Again, I have some biases based on what I liked about the mantra but I know so much has changed I'm looking all over the place right now. So much so that I need to be reigned in frankly. It's a bit overwhelming to consider all the possibilites!
Lessons at: Kirkwood, Squaw, Jackson Hole and Sugarbowl. The sugarbowl ones are the group ones, love them and they helped me a ton last season, on the beat mantras.
Rest are likely private or semi private with my wife. We like a guy at Kirkwood because after taking a lesson from him (Bob) he politely inquired if I wanted a job as a ski instructor. That's probably ridiculous but it was nice of him to say anyway.
* I love the Mantras. Read this and that didn't come across otherwise.
Edited by dmourati - 12/3/12 at 9:21am