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I've spent some time researching my next pair of skis, and the longer I look, the more confused I get.  I live in Northeast PA, and I get to Vermont two or three times per season.  I ski bumps aggressively almost exclusively in PA and a ton of trees in VT.  I'm looking for something I can turn quick.  My skill level is 7 or 8 out of 10.  I'm 6'-1" and 205lb.

 

Right now I'm thinking about Salomon Lords, Volkl Kendos, or K2 Aftershocks, and I'm open to any other suggestions.  The more reviews/forum posts I read, the more I change my list.  Can anyone help me narrow it down/give me some suggestions?

 

Thanks,

BG

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GENERALLY: Less sidecut and shape are better in the bumps. A lot depends on your bump style and where the bumps are? Are we talking Margies at Camelback, Tunkhannock at Elk? For trees are we talking Paradise at MRG or Forrest Bump at Okemo? 

 

In forgivingness (good in bumps& trees), the Lords will be the best of the skis that you mentioned. The Kendos are the stiffest, not good in bumps and the K2;s the heaviest, again not the best for quickness, a trait that is good in the bumps. 

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I've enjoyed my Watea 84's in both bumps and trees.  They're light and fairly quick edge to edge.  I can slide the tails easily in the moguls.  They could be wider for fresh snow, though.  I hunt bumps, as well, and plan on getting a wider ski for new snow, a dedicated bump ski (Hart?) and an ice carver.  As soon as the kids finish college, that is.

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Tunkhannock at Elk and White Lightning at Sno for bumps.  I seek out every glade I can find when in Vermont.  

 

Now that I've thought about this a little more, what I'd really like to know is, generally speaking, what makes a ski good in the bumps?  A rockered tip and a small sidecut?  Any opinions on a rockered tail?  Lighter is better?  Are there any articles out there?  I haven't had much luck finding any.

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Slight diversion, but I've been wondering if there is a particular tune that is preferred for Eastern bump skiing?
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Tunkhannock at Elk and White Lightning at Sno for bumps.  I seek out every glade I can find when in Vermont.  

 

Now that I've thought about this a little more, what I'd really like to know is, generally speaking, what makes a ski good in the bumps?  A rockered tip and a small sidecut? YES Any opinions on a rockered tail?  RELEASES OUT OF THE TURN EASIER Lighter is better? MAKES THE SKI QUICKER  Are there any articles out there? YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH HERE  I haven't had much luck finding any.

The interface between the boots and the poles defines what makes a good bump ski ;-).

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Thanks for the responses, guys.

 

My search for an explanation of ski characteristics led me to this really nice write-up: 

 

http://www.omerandbobs.com/info_center/winter_faq/winterfaqmain.html

 

One thing I am wondering now, though.  I've heard a few times that skis with less sidecut (longer radius) excel in moguls.  Is this also true of trees?  It seems to me that you would want a more aggressive sidecut (shorter radius) to make quick turns in trees.

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