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Big Mountain Ski with Finesse for Silverton

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I am headed out to Silverton this weekend and I am thinking I want to demo a newer ski rather than rent from the mountain. I am looking for a ski that will handle mid-deep snow without losing too much finesse for tighter lines. As far as my personal preference, I prefer a rockered tip and more of a conventional tail. I ski 3 year old 177 Mantras as my one-ski quiver (I know all of the controversy about 98mm skis, but give me a break). I don't care about performance on groomers since nothing I'm going to ski will be groomed. Does anybody have a recommendation for a ski to demo and probably buy later.

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Originally Posted by chutes123 View Post

I am headed out to __________ this weekend and I am thinking I want to demo a newer ski rather than rent from the mountain. I am looking for a ski that will handle mid-deep snow without losing too much finesse for tighter lines. As far as my personal preference, I prefer a rockered tip and more of a conventional tail. I ski 3 year old 177 Mantras as my one-ski quiver (I know all of the controversy about 98mm skis, but give me a break). I don't care about performance on groomers since nothing I'm going to ski will be groomed. Does anybody have a recommendation for a ski to demo and probably buy later.

shhhhhhhh, fify, 

 

Atomic Automatic, Salomon Rocker 2, Volkl Shiro or Kuro, Rossignol Squad 7.  

 

Hook up with one of these and enjoy skiing nowhere this weekend. wink.gif

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Considering Silverton Mt. has had a bad snow year so far I would not suggest taking good skis.  I have skied there about 10 times over the years (always on my own skis), and despite being very conservative I have never not hit rocks.  I have not been up there this year yet.  At this point they are claiming only a 40" base, and because most of the mountain is open and exposed it gets hammered by the sun and wind. They are not predicting any new snow, so you can expect to find some good turns, but it will undoubtedly be the good, the bad and the ugly, probably all in the same run.  If it were me I would use some of their rental skis rather than risk destroying some nice demos.  I love Silverton Mt, but you can get everything from powder to breakable crust to windslab to boiler plate and moguls in one run there, so you probably want to go wide and rockered, and their rental skis are what works. Be sure and reserve them ahead of time to get your best choice.

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That's unfortunate. Hiking for the bad and the ugly just sucks. Rock skis it is.

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I did't mean to be a buzzkill, if you have never been to Silverton Mt. it will blow your mind.  It is a big mountain with almost every aspect, and the guides know how to find the best skiing. It looks like it is going to be warm and sunny, which is really your best bet for good turns.  They have enough rental options that you should be able to find something you'll like.

 

  • K2 Sidestash – 108 Under Foot
  • K2 Coomback – 102 Under Foot
  • K2 Obsethed – 117 Under Foot
  • K2 Hellbent – 135 Under Foot
  • K2 Pontoons – 130 Under Foot
  • K2 Darkside – 128 Under Foot
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Considering Silverton Mt. has had a bad snow year so far I would not suggest taking good skis.  I have skied there about 10 times over the years (always on my own skis), and despite being very conservative I have never not hit rocks.  I have not been up there this year yet.  At this point they are claiming only a 40" base, and because most of the mountain is open and exposed it gets hammered by the sun and wind. They are not predicting any new snow, so you can expect to find some good turns, but it will undoubtedly be the good, the bad and the ugly, probably all in the same run.  If it were me I would use some of their rental skis rather than risk destroying some nice demos.  I love Silverton Mt, but you can get everything from powder to breakable crust to windslab to boiler plate and moguls in one run there, so you probably want to go wide and rockered, and their rental skis are what works. Be sure and reserve them ahead of time to get your best choice.

 

I have been thinking the same thing as far as not taking nice demos out to ski rocks all day, but I am working at Durango right now and almost never get to ski anything as fun as Silverton. So I really, really want to ski some nice, new skis in some challenging terrain for once. Maybe I'll talk with the local shop and see what they have to say about which skis they are comfortable with having me ski in Silverton.

 

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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

I did't mean to be a buzzkill, if you have never been to Silverton Mt. it will blow your mind.  It is a big mountain with almost every aspect, and the guides know how to find the best skiing. It looks like it is going to be warm and sunny, which is really your best bet for good turns.  They have enough rental options that you should be able to find something you'll like.

 

  • K2 Sidestash – 108 Under Foot
  • K2 Coomback – 102 Under Foot
  • K2 Obsethed – 117 Under Foot
  • K2 Hellbent – 135 Under Foot
  • K2 Pontoons – 130 Under Foot
  • K2 Darkside – 128 Under Foot

 

I'm a little concerned with renting from Silverton since these skis have probably seen some pretty nasty stuff. I'm also not a huge fan of K2s for this type of terrain. I have always found them too heavy. Maybe I haven't skied them enough recently. I'm stoked to finally get to ski Silverton. I've heard it's gonna blow my mind, and it's all guided now.

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

shhhhhhhh, fify, 

 

Atomic Automatic, Salomon Rocker 2, Volkl Shiro or Kuro, Rossignol Squad 7.  

 

Hook up with one of these and enjoy skiing nowhere this weekend. wink.gif

 

I'm kinda thinking the Blizzard Cochise. I borrowed a pair of Bonafides from a friend with an AT setup for a weekend and that was pretty awesome. I skied the Rocker 2s for half a day in Wolf Creek early season. That was pretty sweet. I love how soft they feel when it gets deep, but I didn't feel quite as "in control" when I dropped a steep cornice onto a steepish face. Fun ski regardless.

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Regardless of which skis you end up taking, please post a trip report.  I am very interested in a first hand account of the conditions top to bottom.  Thanks.

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Regardless of which skis you end up taking, please post a trip report.  I am very interested in a first hand account of the conditions top to bottom.  Thanks.

 

Will do.

post #10 of 12

So Chutes, how was it?

post #11 of 12
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So Chutes, how was it?

There were some spots here and there that had some pretty decent snow. However, overall there was a hell of a lot of crust and rocks and stumps. I'm gonna write a full review that I'll link to sometime in the next day or two. By the way, I ended up skiing the Cham 97s. They were awesome skis that handles the little bit of crappy snow we had very well.
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I am writing from Targhee. Day 4 tommorow, 4 ft in past 3 days. I  am 6' 1", 240 . 186 Volkl Kuro, incredible platform to rip on. Tight, steep trees, crud and bottomless. It is a cliche', but so much fun it should be illegal

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