AM - firm breakable crust off piste, on piste corn in the sun, some ice.
PM - spring slush
Chutes = closed.
Overall not the best conditions to test skis, but still a lot of fun!
Height/Weight: Tall/ 210lbs
I took about 3 runs on each ski.
Ross E98 - 188
Overall I liked this ski. I think it was mounted about +1 on my boot w/ the rental binding. As a result, I don't think it was in the sweet spot. I noticed I was over rotating my turns a bit. Conditions were still firm off piste, so it was manageable, but not outstanding. Groomer grip was very good, even in scraped off ice areas. Very stable, damp, all the things everyone else has already said. I could be happy on this ski during our normal juneuary winter conditions (i.e. firm). Probably not the best spring or soft winter ski though.
Blizzard Bonifide - 187
After hearing all the hype on this ski, of course I had to try it. It delivered. Griped well on firm groomers, was outstanding in springy corn/slush. Nice energy for a damp ski on groomers skiing short dynamic turns. Unfortunately, no steeps to try it on. Did everything I asked of it wihtout complaints. I think this is my next purchase!
Rossignol Soul 7 - 188
Was very interested in trying this ski, after reading some early reviews. First thing I noticed was the incredibly light weight for a larger ski. This ski also delivers on all the promises:
Quick turns - check
Firm groomer grip - check
Off piste/crud - check
Light/quick - double check
This really is a one ski quiver, even more so than the bones. I'm sure it would be a blast in powder. The only fault I could find, if you can call it that, is this is not the smoothest/dampest ski. If you want to bust through crud like a missle, other heavier skis will be better. It was also rather loud on hard crusty snow, reminisent of my old red mantras. Even though I really don't need another ski in this size range, its very temping...
Dynastar Cham 97 - 184
Another ski I wanted to try due to the polarizing nature of reviews. I wasn't really expecting much from this ski. Wow! This thing really surprised me. First off, the weight was quite noticable coming off the Soul 7. Even though this is a shorter, narrower ski, the extra weight was quite apparent sitting on the lift. Once in the snow, the weight went away, and I could make quick turns, in what ever shape I wanted. Off piste, the Cham is a crud destroyer, due to the stiffness and metal. Unlike older Legends, this ski was quite manuverable, and I felt like I could get into tight places at will. Again, would have liked to try in some steeps. Decent grip on groomers too. I could be very happy with this ski 90% of the time.
Moment Bibby Pro - 190
Even though neither the conditions or terrain warranted a ski of this size, I was interested in trying based on so many good reviews. This is a BIG ski, 120mm underfoot, heavy, and stiff. By now conditions had deteriorated to all out spring slush. My legs were tired, but the Bibby's has no problem pushing the slush around. Tip and tail rocker makes this a very manuverable ski for its size. This would be a fun big, mountain, powder, open terrain ski. Too much for Rose in bounds, but still fun.