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Help decide for Alta: Fisher Koa 98 vs Rossi S3w (96) vs Dynastar Sultan 94

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Getting late start this season but revving up for Alta late March. How much of it is ungroomed? Wanting a 95-100ish underfoot in case new powder appears for my trip.


Daily comfort ski are reg camber 2009? K2 Lotta Luvs (78mm), mostly used to chase strong 5 yr old skiers all over, backwards & forwards. Home turf = maritime snow (sometimes wet/refrozen concrete... read: limited experience on genuine continental powder).

 

Trying to decide b/t Fisher Koa 98 vs Rossi S3w (96) vs Dynastar Sultan 94.

I have the sultan 85's & found them really stiff. So stiff that, unless I'm feeling strong, I default to my comfy teaching skis. But then on chopped/crud, I really miss the the Dynafit 85's when I'm on the the Lotta Luvs. Read somewhere that someone found the 85's too stiff in the tip but loved the 94's.
Bonus for the 94's - looks so similar to 85's that the significant other may not notice I've added a new pair of skis (thus will maintain domestic, off snow peace redface.gif).

Would love to hear about the Koa 98's & Rossi S3's

Thanks!!


 

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The S3 and Koa 98 are two of the most popular ladies skis in our shop.  They ski very similarly, and are almost interchangable.  The S3 is considered "easier", requiring a little less skier input than the Koa.  Can't miss on either one for true dry, soft snow - Alta/Snowbird or Colorado.  They will both be softer and more compliant than the Sultan 94, in soft snow. However,  the Sultan will be better on harder conditions and in "wetter" maritime snow.  Both the S3 and Koa 98 will struggle on hard snow and will get deflected a bit in wet snow.  Hope that this helps.

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