Just got back from the first Gathering of the Bears at Tahoe where I skied my Axis X's about 50% of the time. Everyday but Monday was a powder day and I was either on Head Monster Cross(this ski is an entire story unto itself) or Bandit XXX's for the powder. I love the Bandits and may even buy a pair.
Anyway, the Axis X 181 performed great. I mostly skied them when everything got chopped up and bumped up but I did get a chance now and then to find some uncut snow and take them for a float.
They were stable in the Sierra cut-up powder and decent float in the deep stuff.
On Friday after I burnt out my legs on the Monster Cross's I switched to the Axis X and skied Granite Chief with the big Bears. It was pretty chopped up and cruddy and most of the mountain on that side was powder bumps. The Axis X in 181 was perfect in the bumps when my technique was not. They were responsive and forgiving, and thank god, because I was tired and fighting out of the back seat. On the last run down the damn things got me out of tough situation following Pierre eh through the trees and rock gardens. I was beat and the K-2's didn't spank me for, well, forget poor technique try no technique.
On Sunday, after the POWDER (Haaaa yes more powder) was skied out the surface became hard packed because . . . Oh did forget I mention that it was a Sunny day with Cobalt Blue Skies.
( sorry I never get to rub it in allow me this one indulgence) Anyway, the surface was hard packed powder and moisture ladened crud. The K2's ripped and loved to get over and hold an arc and blast through the crud.
On Monday at Alpine Meadows it was groomer city and a little icey just what I am used to. The upper mountain was closed due to high winds and we skied mostly over at the Lakeview lift to avoid the wind. Hey Mr. # Key Alpine is a nice mountain and some of those blues over there are pretty steep and would be blacks at other places. I was working on short turns down the fall-line and X's responded well and had a good rebound. I think Axis X is slightly stiffer than last years Mod X.
Well that's about it.
[This message has been edited by Fast1EV (edited February 28, 2001).]</FONT>