Fellow Epic Fellows,
I'm going to be reconfiguring my current ski quiver of 3 into a new quiver of 2. I have the narrower one settled...it's an FX-94 in 176. Now I need a powder ski for deep days and the several days of cut-up and chopped soft(ish) crud afterward. I don't care how it handles hard-snow or groomers, because it won't be used for that...other than to get back to the lift at times.
I've been using my 179 Codys for that this past year. They are mucho fun for most soft snow apps, but when the snow gets deeper (8" or more) and heavier, they get overpowered. If I put the pedal down at all, they have a nasty habit of rocketing me over the handlebars...to the tune of about 10-12 times this past season. A few of those times put me on the couch for a few days (my blown disc didn't like it).
I ski lots o' trees here at Schweitzer and most of our steeps. I ski bumps if I run across them, but I don't usually look for them. I use groomers to get back to the lift. I would like a ski that combines the nimble and maneuverable playfulness of...say... an S7 with the stability in variable snow of...say...an Abrams tank...a nimble crud-crusher that beats up on heavy, chunky crud, yet whips around effortlessly in tight spots. Does such a ski exist? If not, what is the closest thing to it?
I've searched here, TGR, and Blister Gear for the last few days, and I've come up with these possibilities:
Moment Bibby Pro in 184 - Mixed reviews mostly say playful charger
Moment Deathwish in 184 - The weird triple-camber thing gives me pause
Prior Overlord in 183 - A wider Husume?
Elan Chainsaw in 182 - Cheap right now
Elan 1010 in 183 - Also cheap right now
RMU Northshore in 185 - sounds interesting, but not much feedback on it.
Viole Charger (?) - definitely more AT-oriented...too light to slay crud?
BTW, I'm 5'10 and 170-175 lbs depending on recent junk food consumption. I'm moderately aggressive, but I don't think of myself as a charger. I don't huck cliffs or ski backwards on purpose. I ski 85% of the Mt. comfortably, 10% tentatively, and the last 5% in survival mode with butt-cheeks firmly clenched and whimpering like a young schoolgirl.
Also, on an unrelated note, I wanna get a pocket camera that has more reach and better IQ than my older 5X Olympus Tough. NO DSLR's or ICL's, as I want to toss it in my backpack for jaunts out in the boonies or even put it in my pocket. I'm right-brained as all-get-out, so I don't like a lot of techy things..the easier to use the better. I was thinking a Canon 20X SX-280 or a Sony 30X HX-50. I'm leaning Canon, as I'm not sure the extra 10X reach of the Sony is worth nearly double the price. IQ seems about the same. Thoughts on this?
I know these are 2 entirely different topics, but it's summer, and I thought combining the 2 might make for some interesting responses. Such as..is there a nimble, burly ski that also takes good quality pictures at long distances? If so, can it be delivered by a raven-tressed bikini model riding a unicorn?
Don't be bashful, as I would truly like input on either or both recs. On the skis, I'm ever so slightly leaning toward the Bibby Pro or the Overlord...but I can be easily swayed. Chronic indecisiveness contributes to that...
Anyoo, Fire Away...and Thanks!