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Second skis to complement Blizzard G-Powers?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I'm looking for some new skis for next year. This year I started on season rental Blizzard G-Pros and bought some 2010 Blizzard G-Power FS mid-season which are 72mm wide. Now I'm thinking about getting a wider ski in the sales now for next season. Maybe about 100mm wide, perhaps one of the Blizzard range (Cochise, Bonafide, Kabookie), Volkl Mantra, Head Sacrifice or similar?

 

Where in the world are you skiing? 

Switzerland - Hoch Ybrig, Flumserberg, Brunni, small resorts round Zurich where I live, occasional holiday or weekend to bigger resorts like Davos, Zermatt, Zurs etc.

 

What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

This year I started skiing and stayed 99.9% on piste to learn the basics. Now I'm confident enough to go off the piste side now and again, but my skis don't seem to float. Definitely more practice is needed, but I think a wider ski would help.

 

Main goal for me is be able to do all the runs between / beside the pistes at the resorts I go to. Then it would be good to learn how to ski moguls, but there just aren't any where I live as they love piste bashing. Also I will be skiing with the family on piste and teaching my kids (4, 6) and maybe trying out the 4-cross course and taking a few runs through the local race teams' slalom gates after they finish but I think my G-Powers will be fine for that.

 

How many days a year do you ski?

About 35 days this season.

 

How advanced are you as a skier?

Well I started on 30 Nov this year, and progressed so I can now enjoy going down the black runs in the local resorts without falling over. Speed wise I can keep up with my Swiss regular skier colleagues who have been skiing since year dot if we carve down steep reds, but they have better short turn skills and so go faster down bumpy blacks. Also getting better at skiing in bad light and white out fog (where you can only see one piste marker) as we've had a lot of that recently.

 

What's your height and weight?

175cm 83kg = 5'9" 180lbs

 

thanks

post #2 of 8

Hi - Own the G-Powers, nice ski to build on. I've found they do fine in crud and light powder, say up to a couple of inches, and obviously are outstanding on hardpack and ice, so my advice would be to go for something that's more soft snow specific. Meaning, new Blizzard Peacemaker or Scout, Head REV105, Atomic Ritual, Solomon R2108, etc., depending on how you feel about rocker and whether you want something playful or serious. Nothing wrong at all with the skis you list, but they're all more Big Mountain skis than Powder skis. So seems like you're covering the grip/high speed ripping side of things twice. Unless you're looking for a ripper, in which case the Cochise might be the best compromise of the one's you list. 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hmmm... I've been thinking a bit more, and decided I'm looking for something which is not a 100% off piste ski, since in 35 days this season it only snowed really heavily once or twice, so I was thinking I'd get something which would be good in bumps and off piste. Then at least I can work on both and perhaps the season after next I can go for surfboard skis if I need them.

 

So I was thinking about the following as prices are good on these at the moment:

 

Head Sacrifice

Head Rock & Roll

Elan 999

Kastle BMX 108

Kastle FX104

 

Thoughts?

post #4 of 8

The term "off-piste" seems to mean something a little different to just about everyone.  Are we talking "not groomed, but you're still skiing on top of it, not in it" or are we talking "skiing snow that's not brand new, but it's still soft and deep"?

post #5 of 8

The term "off-piste" seems to mean something a little different to just about everyone.  Are we talking "not groomed, but you're still skiing on top of it, not in it" or are we talking "skiing snow that's not brand new, but it's still soft and deep"?

 

 

Hi, there!

would like to join the "conference" as have the same demand to expand my piste-carving skiing area to off-piste between the European groomers i.e. skiing on-top of it and slightly in it. Currently own Fischer Worldcuo SC Pro (local hills skiing) and Nordica FA 80 Pro for European ski-vocations in Austria/Italy/France.

Being 52y.o. 178 (5'10)/78kg (170). Skiing for 20 years (before ice-hockey player))).
My idea was (not keen on GS turns)

- Line prophet 98

- new Blizz Brahma ??-mark due to my weight

- new Scott The Ski or Venture or Crusade

 

much appreciate comments
 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Kevin,

 

What I was thinking about is skiing anywhere that's not a piste so that I can ski round the lift towers routes, round the back of the mountain, directly between the pistes etc. and then also tackle ungroomed hard stuff like moguls. Main purpose of the ski on bashed piste will be to get to the off piste bits, since I can always bring my G-Powers for that.

 

Where I live it doesn't snow all that much in comparison to western US. Most of the year if I stand piste-side on 72mm skis the soft stuff comes between your feet and boot tops. If I do try to ski off the piste-side the skis generally sink and just come to a stop. I didn't try jumping off a steep red piste at 40mph to see if the skis would surf as I thought that could only end badly ;-) Once or twice a year there's 2' of soft, but it only stays for a week or so.

 

Now whether I ski on it, in it or something else, I'll take what I can get. One of my best runs this year was my first run down the local black run on 3"-4" of fresh powder on my G-Powers. I just want to be able to get that bouncy, surfy feeling a bit more often.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by mrfish View Post

Hmmm... I've been thinking a bit more, and decided I'm looking for something which is not a 100% off piste ski, since in 35 days this season it only snowed really heavily once or twice, so I was thinking I'd get something which would be good in bumps and off piste. Then at least I can work on both and perhaps the season after next I can go for surfboard skis if I need them.

 

So I was thinking about the following as prices are good on these at the moment:

 

Head Sacrifice Cannot say

Head Rock & Roll Good in bumps

Elan 999 Apparently excellent in bumps for a ski this width

Kastle BMX 108 Not bump star

Kastle FX104 Not bump star

 

Thoughts? Get something < 100 mm; above that the width becomes noticeable in bumps. And carving. Plenty for the occasional 6-8". 

post #8 of 8

My personal preference for skis when I have no idea what I'm getting into is in the mid-80s underfoot category.  Wide skis don't provide the edge "feel" that I like, and they start becoming a serious handful in tight bumps.  i.e., for my preferences, the skis you're mentioning are way too wide.

 

But then again, there are skiers who prefer exactly the skis you've listed...

 

This is getting into the "you really need to demo" realm because all you're going to get is people's individual preferences for skis in the conditions you describe.  And we all like something different based on how we like to ski ungroomed terrain.  Some skis are better suited to different styles than others.  One wildly popular ski here on the forums is the Blizzard Bonafide, which is basically designed specifically for the conditions you mentioned.  Lots of people like it.  I hated it.  It's not a bad ski; it just doesn't respond the way I like skis to respond.

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