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Need Fast Ski Advice: Binding broke yesterday and leave for Utah Thursday morning

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I'm 5' 10" and 175 lbs and an expert skiier, but not perfect form.  I've been on Dynastar Contact 11's for about 5 years.  44 yrs old. 

 

I need a pair of skis that is fine on groomers, but also fun with a 12-24" of snow on the ground.  I love moguls and want quick turners with something of a forgiving tail .   I like tree skiing and my one complaint with my Contact 11's is that they sometimes feel heavy in the trees when I need to quickly turn in irregular, deep snow that oftentimes has been messed up by boarders. 

 

Anyway, the local shop has recommended Rossignal Experience 88's.  They don't carry 98's.

 

Any advice?   If the 88's would be almost perfect, I don't mind pulling the trigger today.  But if not the right ski for my needs, I can wait.  Any other skis sound ideal?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 6

had a few turns last yr on the Nordica Steadfast - a real hoot! 178

if you like race ski type quickness and still pretty good performance on chunked/tracked out deep and trees, these rode pretty well.

tenacious on the ice Ledges at Mamoth last yr...

had no real time in untracked (not available), but my impression is the flex would be just about perfect for me (165-168, 5'10"+) for steep untracked and trees, and skiing down in the 3d 

pretty good in the bumps

Though at 64 yrs, these days, I like things a little less 'reactive' for an entire day of hard skiing. 20 yrs younger and these might be my go-to

post #3 of 6

From what I understand, the E88 is a bit biased toward piste.  If you'd prefer off-piste bias, the Blizzard Bushwacker gets high marks.

post #4 of 6

^^^^ Sound alternative, very different feel, lively and light compared to damp and smooth for the E88. Not sure either would have much advantage/disadvantage in soft snow, though, more like how they would feel in it. Both solid, versatile skis you'd like, E88 might be a touch more relaxed and flowing if you like to cruise, Bushwackers a touch more maneuverable in bumps and very tight spaces. Neither will shine in 24" of powder, incidentally. But your odds of seeing two feet of fresh are minimal, anyway. 

post #5 of 6

Why not just go to Utah sans skis and demo to your heart's content once there?

Once you've found your fav, whip out the wallet then...when you know what you're getting and know it's what you want.

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Why not just go to Utah sans skis and demo to your heart's content once there?

Once you've found your fav, whip out the wallet then...when you know what you're getting and know it's what you want.

 

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