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What skis to take to Alta?

post #1 of 10
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I am heading off to Salt Lake City on Monday for a 2 week trip from the UK. As you can imagine luggage restrictions on flights are quite tight so I am having a really hard time deciding what skis to take with me. I think I can get away with 2 sets if I pack light....

Options:

K2 pontoon 189cm
Salomon Pocket Rocket 175cm
Volkl Tiger Shark 10ft 175cm
Elan Bloodhound 171cm

So what sort of skiing will you be looking to do I hear you ask!?

I am mainly a bumps skier but i think the Elans will be staying at home....So I will looking to spend the majority of time doing back country and and general off-piste adventuring. But I do enjoy working hard on some on-piste technique especially on a 2 week trip when I have some time to mix things up a bit.

I have never been to ski around Salt Lake so anyone that can educate me on the best course of action is more than welcome!
post #2 of 10

If it were me and I want to emphasize that, I would take the Pontoons and Pocket Rockets.  In two weeks the odds are pretty good there will be a decent dump at Alta so the Pontoons would be great.  When you're not off-piste, the Rockets should be good.

post #3 of 10

No idea what the Elan Bloodhound is (and Google wasn't much help), but I would probably agree with mtncyclist. Unless you really want to spend time working on carving the groomers, there's not much point in bringing the Tigersharks.

 

I took a private lesson at Alta last month and asked the instructor if he could give me some tips on my carving technique. He watched about 3 turns and said, "Yeah, we're done with carving" and we were off on a traverse. Point is, most people don't go to Alta to work on their carving. Even if it's been a week or so without snow, there's a lot to explore off-trail. 

post #4 of 10

I just skied Alta last Monday, and there is some snow in the forecast for the near future, so I think I can assure that there will be good conditions.  I would agree that the Pocket Rockets and Pontoons would probably be a good combo.  Unless they get a strange melt/freeze cycle the Pocket Rockets should handle your non-deep day needs, provided the PRs still have enough life in them to handle the groomers.  This has not been a big snow year, so Alta has more and bigger bumps than usual, but still not many and small compared to most ski areas.

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Originally Posted by kauffee View Post

No idea what the Elan Bloodhound is (and Google wasn't much help), but I would probably agree with mtncyclist. Unless you really want to spend time working on carving the groomers, there's not much point in bringing the Tigersharks.

I took a private lesson at Alta last month and asked the instructor if he could give me some tips on my carving technique. He watched about 3 turns and said, "Yeah, we're done with carving" and we were off on a traverse. Point is, most people don't go to Alta to work on their carving. Even if it's been a week or so without snow, there's a lot to explore off-trail. 

Thanks kauffee for the response my phone auto corrected bloodline to bloodhound hence google not helping much!!
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I just skied Alta last Monday, and there is some snow in the forecast for the near future, so I think I can assure that there will be good conditions.  I would agree that the Pocket Rockets and Pontoons would probably be a good combo.  Unless they get a strange melt/freeze cycle the Pocket Rockets should handle your non-deep day needs, provided the PRs still have enough life in them to handle the groomers.  This has not been a big snow year, so Alta has more and bigger bumps than usual, but still not many and small compared to most ski areas.

Hmm the pockets have done a good 25 weeks on snow, so don't really have to "pop" in them they once did!! I just can't fathom what to replace them with...hence why I still perceiver with them, great all-rounder IMO. The more I think about it the pocket pontoon combo is probably best. Thanks
post #7 of 10

There is plenty of time between now and Monday to buy a new pair of skis for the trip.    wink.gif 

post #8 of 10

whats it look like in alta now? im coming out  on the 27...

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whats it look like in alta now? im coming out  on the 27...

meh... Some how I have managed to keep it fun everyday, but its been dry. Things are looking up though; should have three storms, one right  when you show up, that should freshen things up.

post #10 of 10

from your mouth to gods ear... thanks....

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