I'm looking for input on the Cham 97, and especially the Cham High Mountain 97. Seems to be quite a bit written on the regular version, but I can't find much on the HM. Hi. I've been a reader for a while, but only posted once.
I'm 60 yo, 6"1", 205#. I’m a 5-day-a-week desk jockey, but in reasonable shape. Skied tele for many years, some of them charging hard, then dropped out of skiing for a number of years when arthritic feet got too bad. Got the arthritis under control and started back skiing AT, but I really spend most of my time at the resort (mostly, Crystal Mountain, Washington). So I’m about to Purchase my 1st Alpine downhill setup. I ski about half the time with my young kids on groomers. When I get off by myself I prefer to ski off-piste, but I’m still learning how to do that efficiently with my heals locked. I don’t ski fast, I love to turn (especially short radius), and I love it in the trees.
I started demoing and quickly fell in love with the Cham 97. I don’t ever recall a ski giving me such confidence. I didn’t have a chance to get them in fresh deep snow, but did ski deep cut up and crud, as well as on-piste runs of varying pitch. I skied the regular and the HM in 178 and 184, and liked them all. The regulars seemed easier to handle in nastier crud. They also seemed to whisper to me to go faster, but I think they’re fun and easy to ski at my normal lower speeds. The HMs seemed quicker in the trees. Anybody spend much time on the HMs and care to share their experience and opinions?
I have very little firsthand experience with downhill bindings, though there are a lot of posts on the subject. Based on my reading, I’m thinking of the STH Driver 12, Pivot 14, or Griffon. I ski at DIN 7 and like the idea of keeping the weight down. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for any input you have on the HMs, or any general advice based on my rambling