I made the case for why I need new skis over in the Ski Instruction & Coaching forum, post titled:
Please skim for more on why I'm looking for a new ski, some detailed questions from the best and brightest on this site on what I want, my answers and some interesting discussion.
Short answer: a new daily driver for Tahoe.
Me: 6'2" 280 lbs, ski about 30 days a year. Currently skiing Mantra 184 (07) in all conditions. Level 7 skier, looking to improve. Planning to take 10 lessons this season.
Anyway, here's my (not so) short list of skis to demo/consider.
One concern is that I may have gotten a bit overzealous in listing so many 110+ skis. Like the title of the thread though, I'm in for big boy skis so let's start here. Again, I'm on the Mantra for comparison.
While I've done my best to list the correct dimensions, and year, that's only part of the story when it comes to ski performance. Missing on my part is a better understanding of flex pattern. I admit I'm fairly new to many of these concepts and I feel much has changed in how we evaluate and ultimately select a ski. I'd say at this point I'm biased towards traditional GS style turns with a stiff and reliable tail. I don't even really know what it means to slarve. (OK, I have an idea but ...) Still, I tried to mix it up and not let my biases rule out otherwise worthy choices.
Perhaps it would be useful to group this skis by their flex patterns and draw some general conclusions about how those groups might perform?
The ideal ski for me would outperform the Mantra in all categories, from hard pack to blower and everything in between. Whichever ski gets the closest is something I have to try. If I go smaller I'm okay demo'ing powder boards 3-5 days out of the season after making a purchase too.
Edited by dmourati - 12/4/12 at 11:49pm