Hi all! I'm looking for some East Coast One-Ski Quiver recommendations. I've been out of the gear loop for a while and I know that there are a lot of threads covering this ground, but I would really appreciate your help, so thanks in advance!
Me: I’m a 6’3”, 195-pound former instructor and back-in-the-day junior racer. Thanks to having a pair of kids, I haven’t been hitting good slopes nearly as much lately (10-15 days ), but always manage to get in some time at Stowe, Cannon, and occasionally out West, with local Massachusetts hills in between.
I’m currently on the 2008 Head SS Magnums in a 177 and they’ve been fine, I guess, for teaching my kids and screwing around both locally in MA and up in VT and NH. They’re neutral and pretty much do what I ask them to do, with the exception of holding enough on tough eastern “hardpack” (unless I’ve touched up my 3* bevel the night before) and occasionally getting hung up in crud, spring slush, or deeper show (71 mm tends to do that). They’re fine skis, but just not that exciting and, I dunno, kinda bland, except on soft groomers where they’re pretty fun (what isn't?).
So… with my kids finally skiing more interesting terrain and also enjoying being away from dad in ski school, I’m looking for new skis.
I ski relatively fast (but not supersonic), blending “traditional” and modern/railroad-track techniques on the groomers and I’m always looking for crud, bumps, and serviceable tree-shots. I take the steep way down and if there’s interesting, variable terrain to be had, I’m on it. I love pulling G-forces on groomers on one run and then heading straight for the gnarly bumps on Goat or some (open-ish) glade on the next, then charging through crud after that, and then maybe taking a leisurely groomer with the family.
Based on a bunch of reading (and zero demo-ing), I’m thinking of the following (expanding) list of skis:
*Blizzard Magnum 8.5ti @ 181 cm
*Blizzard Magnum 8.0ti @ 179 cm
*Elan Amphibio 88xti @ 178 cm (186 cm?)
*Head SS Titan @ 178 cm
*Head Rev 85 Pro @ 177 or 184 cm
*Kastle MX 78 @ 178 cm
*Volkl Kendo @ 177 or 184 cm
Any thoughts on something to give me a little more width, hold, pop, and power, while still being serviceable in the bumps? Nothing like asking for a ski to do everything...
P.S. I have no prob demoing skis if/when I go West, so I'm really thinking East Coast here.