Originally Posted by mdcraig
After a lot of homework, some on this forum, I just got a pair of Blizzard Bushwackers 180cm for the same (see thread on steep/trees/bumps)... quick turning, tight spot trees/bump ski, and like them a lot after 3x out. I've had my share of high speed carvers, still do, but that's not my thing. I like steeps, bumps, and the woods, and the BW are very nimble, but still hold on edge. They are fun, light, lively, forgiving (no metal except under binding), and you ski whatever turn you want, rather than the ski telling you what it likes, and do surprisingly well in powder, while still only 88cm underfoot(key). My guess is they are the polar opposite of the Mantras.
gotta say I luv this thread!
just came back from 3 days at Mammoth - was great variety of old snow to 6-10 of 'fresh'. This thread hits directly on a need an acquaintance has. Skied with him, most of one afternoon, and he's a good skier with solid technique, but always seems pressed and on the edge of comfort when he's off the groomers. But he luvs skiin the off-groomers stuff. He's skiin some older 170 elan shapers at some 70mm waist - I'm convinced (and told him as much) they hold him back greatly. He has the technique/skills to see a HUGE jump in the fun factor if he wasn't plowin a toothpick thru the tracked/bumped/variable/crud.
Groomers are a non-issue for him.
I've told him as much, but have been hard pressed to recommend him some ski models to look at, other than to say something '88 to 95' for his one All-Mtn ski. He's not a real hard charger but when pressed he doesn;t back off, a solid/steady skier - so what I like won't necessarily suit him well. Close to me at about 5' 10", 170 ish..
Recommendations like above, seem just the ticket. - mdcraig, can/would you qualify with your weight DIMS?
important thread - if you've found 'the right one', keep those recs comin !
Edit: also likin the welldone gear reviews on the Elan 888...
Edited by moreoutdoor - 1/30/13 at 11:07am