Originally Posted by douismaximus
Hi @beyond. Thanks for your suggestions. As I've mentioned in my post, I'm looking for powder skis that can handle the occasional powder days we have in New England. As you know, whenever we get a powder day, it's usually fresh soft pow in the morning through lunch time then afterwards it's all whales and bumps. Very rarely we get days when it just snows all day and the whole weekend. I already have a pair of Line Prophet 90s I can use for all-mountain purposes as an everyday ski. I'm just looking for a fatty ski that can handle these occasional deep pow days that can go through pow, crud, bumps, and be stable enough to charge through the groomers on the way back to the lift.
That being said, I've started to shy away from rocker/camber/rocker type skis such as Armada JJs and Blizzard Gunsmoke simply because I feel that the rockered tip won't let me carve and charge hard as I'd like. They might be great in deep powder but like I said, we rarely get truly deep pow days in New England. But maybe I'm wrong. After all, I've never demoed these skis so I've no idea--I'm simply going by what people have said.
I'm looking forward to checking out the Line's new lineup -- Sick Days. Seems like it has all the features I'm looking for currently but the price seems out of my budget.
Demoing would help. IME, a moderately rockered tip on any ski over 100 mm makes the whole experience nicer, whether crud or deep pow. A moderately rockered front will still be able to carve pretty well - the limiting factors will be width and flex, not a bit of rocker - if you don't believe me you should try the Cochise or the upcoming Stockli 107, or for that matter any recent Mantra or Bonafide. IME, it's the tail, not the tip, that affects carving more. BTW, on a budget, you can forget about any of the skis I just mentioned.
Also, you're not a super heavy guy, so also keep in mind that some of the skis you're hearing about (like the Cochise) are definitely more friendly to someone who weighs 190 or so. For instance, Fischer makes some nice wider skis (Big Stix) that carve really well for their category, and can be had at decent prices, and they have mild rocker. Drawbacks: Not chargers for bigger guys cuz the flex is a bit milder. Lively, which you may or may not like. And not a flex pattern that's ideal for the park. Which you brought up.
But your concern concerns me. You keep talking about charging hard and carving in the same sentence as a powder ski. And then you throw in stuff about parks and bumps. So sounds like speeding along won't be limited to your Prophet 90. A real powder ski is softer, will have more pronounced rocker, and is designed for float and ease in various kinds of turns, not charging. It generally will be easier to ski in the trees and bumps, while a big mountain design will be easier to handle in crud, firm or variable snow, and at speed. And parks will want a twin tip with fairly soft ends, which won't really like to crush crud at speed.
Yeah, I know that you want One Ski to Rule Them All. But outside our fantasies, that ski will never exist. Any ski, no matter how much we love it, or how hard we think it rocks, or how much better it is than anything we've ever tried, blah blah blah, will have strengths and weaknesses. And if you're on a budget, you may have to put up with more of those tradeoffs. So seriously, suggest you think your priorities through before going any further on the thread. Then do your homework with some searches here or elsewhere, read some reviews. Don't waste your time or ours by just continuing to ask about a single alleged powder ski that can rock everywhere and is super cheap.