Originally Posted by Smit44
I'll be 50 this year, weigh 170, 5'11", and have skied since I was a teenager. I really enjoy single blacks, like steeps and going fast. I used to ski on the long skinny's up until 2006 (it was hard to give them up).
In 2007 I bought my current ski, the Volkl AC 3's 177. They have been very good to me, but what I really WANT to enjoy more is bumps because I ski with friends who tear me up in there, and I'm starting to think that my skis might not be helping me as much as they probably could. The AC 3's seem pretty stiff and I wonder if there is another ski that will give me good all around mountain skiing, but more forgiviing in those bumps...I am willing to give up something to get an easier feel in the bumps. Any suggestions?
I'll ski a few days in Vermont, and then a week long ski trip out west each year (heading out to Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole in early March). I consider myself an "advanced skier", but probably lack some of the technique that might keep me in that category...
Any recommendations would really be appreciated! Thanks-
Bout the same size (167 lbs, 5'10+ down from 5'11+) a bit older at 63+, skied since 15, still can be fairly aggressive, but also have no issues with an easy cruise - ex- New England skier migrated to CA, USA...
I have owned Volkls, but never really enamored of their 'flavor'. Too boardy for my taste. I like a solid ski which 'flows' on terrain.
I tend to lay out my ski performance checklist on an equilateral 'triangle'. The triangle points are : carving, cruising, moguls.
I find I can cover 2 points well and if the ski is really versatile, the other point gets a little 'mention'. For example, I can find skis whihc can carve really well, and be really good in the moguls, but then are just not the best when cruising tracked/crud conditions.
Or a ski which carves well, and cruises/busts crud well, but is a bear in the moguls.
I think you need to decide on preferences...
I prefer to have a decent carving tool at all ski widths, and favor cruising performance over moguls, but not to exclusion of mogul performance - hence the stiffer Volkls are never on my radar, whereas the softer Nordica carvers can be real fun for me.
Again I prefer a longer ski (180+), again for predictability at speed, over a tighter radius, shorter ski.
I find the right Ski in the mid-80s to 90 waist can carve almost/a'most/almost as well as a dedicated carver in the 70's... and givr mr a real 3D experience in snow of boot-top or deeper. If you're looking for one 'ring' to rule them all - I think Mid-80s to 90 is still the sweet spot with the right type of ski.
I think you need to prioritize what is most important and then ask the 'question'. So far I can prolly cover 2 of the 3 points and then get reasonably close on the 3rd - but nothing fully covers all three... Or you can find skis which go well in all but can;t completely cover any of the 3 points. These tend to feel like 'intermediate skis to me...
I don;t have a point for 'POW', because a pure pow ski would have very little use for me. When I do get some significant POW it's usually only 10-12 turns in untracked and then I have to deal with the more usual tracked conditions, and to motor through that well usually means I have something which can cruise and not be perturbed. My cruising ski IS my pow ski - works well for me.
Sking 'Eastern', tight/steep/icy is not a big consideration for me anymore, but we do get hard conditions so all my skis MUST be able to hold a precise edge and carve on steeps - no compromise there.
Not much in 'names' given here - but once you decide what's important to you, you can start defining what might fill that space. So how much of 'steeps and going fast' are you willing to give up to become more of a mogul meister?