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Which Skis To Demo in the Cascades?

post #1 of 9
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I'm a Utah skier and heading to Mt Hood and Mt Bachelor in February to ski with friends.  I've never skied anywhere but Utah so I don't know what to expect from "Cascade Concrete" and plan to demo skis rather than lug mine.  For those of you who ski Oregon, I'd love your advice as to what I should rent.

 

About me:

  • Female, 41, 120lbs, 5'5", Level 8 (expert) skier, PSIA Level 1 instructor.  
  • We will likely be more on the groomers and bumps than off-piste this trip as our friends aren't as adventurous.  
  • I'm not a fan of really stiff skis.  I hated my Nordica Conquers.  I just don't like having to muscle them.
  • I love to carve and, if I have to ski on-piste, I want solid edge grip. 
  • I recently demoed the Fischer Koa 84 on a choppy powder day here in UT and adored it.  I normally ski a Salomon BBR 7.9.
  • Here's the list of demo skis at Mt. Bachelor:  http://www.mtbachelor.com/winter/release_forms/Demo_Ski_Brochure.pdf/

 

So, what are your thoughts on the best front side skis for me to rent in Oregon?

 

Thank you in advance!

post #2 of 9

I would check out the Volkl Kenja if snow conditions are average. 

 

If one day there is a LOT of powder then I would check out one of the wide skis like the Rossi S7 W and the Salomon Rockette 115. 

 

But the Volkl's should be good for most conditions.

post #3 of 9

Some info about the Kenjas here:

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/fischer-koa-84-or-volkl-kenja-or-something-else.12847/

 

A good way to search for relevant threads is to use Google for something like "volkl kenja: epicski.com" or "volkl kenja: skidiva.com".

 

I managed to catch the last Alta April Demo Day when my daughter and I were out for our annual  spring break trip.  Looking forward to doing that again in a few months.  Although I just added the Blizzard Black Pearl to the growing quiver.  Luckily a friend in SLC is willing to store them for me.  So I can have them for SLC trips without lugging around airports.

 

Have fun in Oregon!

post #4 of 9

Koas are great choice for what Oregon may through at you except few special days. My go to's are Watea 94...

 

Really depends on weather - we have a crazy inversion this week with 50F on the mountain and 32 down at PDX. But next week is back to normal, you will see once you get here.

 

if you ski at Mt Hood Meadows then just check out the HPC located at the entry to the main lodge - they have a decent choice of demo equipment and you can swap it for anything you like during the day for no additional price. Check out:

 

www.skihood.com

 

Same deal at mt Bachelor, just show up and chose whatever suites the conditions. The shop is right at there and prices are reasonable.

 

Enjoy it,

 

Vlad

post #5 of 9
I demo'd skis last weekend at Bachelor. The folks there are really helpful and can suggest skis to take out for the conditions that day. I did notice a number of woman skiing Volkl Auras.
post #6 of 9
2 thoughts:

1. If you're skiing on piste (groomers and bumps) OR snow isn't going to be that much different than UT snow, so ski whatever you normally like.
2. If you're staying in Sunriver, go see Scott (dawgcatching) at Village Bike and Ski and see what they've got to demo.
post #7 of 9

If there's 2" or more of fresh snow at Bachelor then consider the K2 Missdirecteds, the Rossi S7s, or the fattest rockered planks the shop has available. Even if you stick to the groomers (you really shouldn't) there are enough pockets of skiable off-piste adjacent to the groomed runs so you can dart into and out of the good stuff while your friends stick to the groomed part of the run.

 

Seriously, if you can break away for a run or two at all, it will be worth it.  Bachelor is all about natural terrain and tree skiing.  The groomed runs are there to appease the unadventurous, beginner, or physically incapable skiers, but it makes up maybe only 1/3 (less?) of the skiable terrain, and the good stuff does not have a big sign with a name and a colored shape.  Anywhere you see a patch of trees between two runs you can likely find some great lines hidden inside.  

 

You can expect heavier, more dense snow than you get in UT.  It will be more choppy and those little ripples, jolts, and bumps can take their toll in your legs over the course of the day so plan on plenty of "recovery beverages." 

 

Have a good time.

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If there's 2" or more of fresh snow at Bachelor then consider the K2 Missdirecteds, the Rossi S7s, or the fattest rockered planks the shop has available. Even if you stick to the groomers (you really shouldn't) there are enough pockets of skiable off-piste adjacent to the groomed runs so you can dart into and out of the good stuff while your friends stick to the groomed part of the run.

 

Yes, if there is fresh snow, I'll get something fatter.  I'd go for the K2s over the S7s.  I've skied the S7s and didn't like them.  I have yet to ski a Rossi that I like.  Thanks for the advice!

 

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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

2. If you're staying in Sunriver, go see Scott (dawgcatching) at Village Bike and Ski and see what they've got to demo.

We are staying in Sunriver, actually.  Thanks for the tip!

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Yes, if there is fresh snow, I'll get something fatter.  I'd go for the K2s over the S7s.  I've skied the S7s and didn't like them.  I have yet to ski a Rossi that I like.  Thanks for the advice!

Hmm, sounds like you are the opposite from me.  I'm 5'0", 115 pounds, an older advanced skier and definitely not expert.  I don't like Volkl, think K2 is okay but not exciting, and haven't found a Rossi that I didn't like.  Those who like the Black Pearl are a mixed, some also like Volkl and some also like Rossi.  I demo'd the BP at Big Sky.  Had a lot of fun on big soft bumps in the bowl under the triple, as well as in glades.

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