I've been through your site looking to find a ski to replace my Volkl 5 stars for my one ski quiver.
I am looking for a one ski to make it all work. East coast, west coast, bumps, powder, park, groomers...
A ski and binding package is fine as well.
No price limit but looking for off the shelf, not custom brands.
Whoosh there is a lot for me to learn... I've been checked out of ski gear and development for 10 years now.
And yes, The MX88 will be tried.
I'm an ex racer, was world ranked, and fast fall line bump skier.
I love really big air, cliffs and rocks, deep pow, crud, corduroy and everything that lays below me.
I can hit everything in the park but avoid rail grinds as I just can't do that to my edges (just yet....)
I love the big SG carve, tight fast slalom turns on super hardpack, and will WFO it up to big speed when the hill is clear and open.
I'm 6' tall, 175 lbs.
I usually ski with a backpack with drink and food for the family...and forget to stash it. Free extra workout I guess.
The Volkls I have now are 175cm, 16.8 radius, 68mm underfoot, and I have a size 10 Lange.
So far the 5 stars have been able to handle everything I have throw at them.
Not too wide for fall line bump smashing - the tips absorb backside bumps well.
They obviously turn quickly and mid-bump airs land controllably. I love the bumps.
The skis are great for me in pow. I've demo'd some fatties with trad camber and rocker up in Alaska for fun, but the Volkls are super for area pow. Open slopes powder or tight trees powder they rock for me.
I am a big fan of sinking in the pow, looking for the elusive face shot, getting chesties while the floaters never let you sink in below the knees.
I've no problem with the sink and float back up with these skis.
They are a lot of work in the wet crud here in Cailfornia for sure, but a bit more speed always seems to cure that.
They are predictable under super G loads and never squirrely.
And can make great fall line slalom turns.
My question is: I should stay with a race carver or go with an all mountain ski?
I love the race carves I have now but I know a wider underfoot ski will be easier to rip in most of the places I go.
I understand the rocker concept in theory and action, but until I get a pair up to super g speed on groomers, I won't have a definitive answer.
And I am super concerned with an all mountain ski's behavior in the bumps.
What should I demo, try or outright buy right away?
Thanks for the input and links to other discussions.