We seem to get a lot of threads on this topic, so let's talk about the East Coast Tree Ski. First we have to recognize that if the East Coast encompasses everything East of Colorado, that's quite a lot of territory, and of course there may be some regional differences. Now if you ask me, there is one reason to ski the trees and that is to find powder, so naturally, a tree ski is going to be a powder ski isn't it? Now I keep seeing recommendations for a ski like the Volkl Kendo at 80-something mm wide, I figure that is the bare minimum for a tree ski. Go big or go home I say. What about turn radius? A shorter radius will make for a quicker ski won't it? Well, maybe, but that hasn't been my experience. You are not going to be carving your turns in the trees. You are going to have to give them some help, and you want them to be predictable too. I demoed a Kastle BMX108 for a week or so this year and was very surprised about how snaky it could be in tight woods - this was a 188cm ski with a 32m turn radius. Should this tree ski have rocker? Yes. Yes it should. Sadly, not every day is a powder day. You will more often than not find some soft snow of some kind, it may be wet glop - with a crust. Trust me if it is, you want some rocker. Getting the tips and tails out of the snow really helps free you up and give you some options. A very small amount such as in the BMX98 can help, but if you want to really rule on the days when most other people are afraid to go in the woods you need something a bit more aggressive. I really felt that the Rossignol S7 skied better in bad snow than it did in good snow, the worse the better. The mild reverse camber of the Volkl Katana works very nicely in both good snow and bad, but woe unto you when it hasn't snowed in a week and the trees have become a 2000 vertical foot luge track. That's when it's nice to have some camber. You do need the edges to be touching the snow.
Well, I think I have finally found the ski that ticks all of the boxes I need it to. That ski is the Nordica Patron. This ski has significant tip and tail rocker, with a bit of real camber underfoot. It measures a full 113mm underfoot and looks totally ridiculous in the liftline, but once you get it off the trail it pretty much just disappears and lets you get on with the job. Actually, it's pretty darn good on trail too.
I haven't skied every ski and I'm not saying this is the only tool to use fir EC Tree Skiing, but I do think this is the right formula. I'd like to try the new breed of Rossignols like the Soul7, I'd like to try some of the new Volkls like the Shiro and the One and Two (haven't heard much about them).
Has anyone else found the same.