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Mammoth/Tahoe - Which skis should I get?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I do the large majority of my skiing at Mammoth with some time spent each year in Tahoe.

 

I'm an intermediate to advanced skier that spends most (but not all) of my time on groomed runs.

 

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 200 lbs

 

Any recommendations on what ski might be best for me between these three?

 

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 ca

Blizzard Bushwacker

Blizzard Magnum 8.5 ti

 

If you have better suggestions beyond that. Open to those as well, but my research was pointing me towards those three. Thanks!

post #2 of 14
Of the three of those skis, I would say the magnum 8.5, it is the strongest and best for majority of the groomers, staying in the Blizzard theme, the upcoming Brahma would be another option.
post #3 of 14

I'm 5'8" 150 and also an intermediate to Advanced skier. I own both the

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 ca

Blizzard Bushwacker

 

I haven't skied the 8.0 at Mammoth yet but in So. Cal. "Intermediate" groomed runs the 8.0 is a blast. I've skied the Bushwacker mostly at Mammoth and it makes my life easy on these skis. 

 

From what I've read, you really need to ski aggressively on the 8.5. Not sure if this is true but I really like BOTH of my other two skis :o)

post #4 of 14

I like lott42's recommendations. I would also look at the Bonafide, Cochise, and maybe Peacemaker. I guess it depends on if you are planning on staying at the same level or are looking to push yourself. If you are just going to focus on groomers, I'd go for the Magnum 8.0 ca.

post #5 of 14
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I like lott42's recommendations. I would also look at the Bonafide, Cochise, and maybe Peacemaker. I guess it depends on if you are planning on staying at the same level or are looking to push yourself. If you are just going to focus on groomers, I'd go for the Magnum 8.0 ca.

At 6'3" 200lb, he will way overpower the 8.0Ca plus the longest that comes in is a 179cm. Cochise (w/o camber) is too much of a charger for his level. The Peacemaker is too soft snow biased. 187 Brahma or 187 Bonafide would be the best choices. 

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jsauce75 View Post

I like lott42's recommendations. I would also look at the Bonafide, Cochise, and maybe Peacemaker. I guess it depends on if you are planning on staying at the same level or are looking to push yourself. If you are just going to focus on groomers, I'd go for the Magnum 8.0 ca.

None of the free ride skis you list would suit a groomer-oriented person.  Bonafide may do OK (relatively speaking), but it will be a waste of a good ski and 8.5 would still do much better.  The original suggestions were right on the money, and I second Phil's suggestion of the 8.5.  Cochise is an off-piste ski....

post #7 of 14
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8.5 would still do much better.  The original suggestions were right on the money, and I second Phil's suggestion of the 8.5.

 

The 8.5 and Brahma are probably a better idea for someone 6'3" and 200lbs. I believe these skis are stiffer and probably harder to bend(for me) vs the 8.0ca and BW which are softer and someone like me 5'8" and 150 who can handle them easier. I'm also on 172 for both.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
To answer Jsause75, I'm definitely looking to grow. Skied most of my life then fell out for the last five years, so I'm trying to get back to the level I was previously at. So, something that I can enjoy now but pushes me (and gives me room to) grow.
post #9 of 14

Greetings IP, Mammoth is my home mountain and I am in the 200lb club too.  Skis that have worked for me will likely work for you.  Mammoth is mostly piste/packed offpiste conditions, unless you luck into a day it snows.  That said, get a strong hardpack/mogul ski as your base ski.  Phils suggestion on the 85 works, I have used Dynastar Mythic Riders and Sultans in the past which are fairly stiff skis and I just bought the Elan Amphibio Waveflex 88 XTi as my everyday ski for the upcoming season.  In the member reviews, just read threads that discuss skis in the 85-95 waist range and I think you will end up with a winner if you do enough research.  You want a stiffer ski underfoot and in the tail IMO.  A slightly softer tip helps me in the moguls.  My quiver is 88, 94, 103 and 117 underfoot.  That gives me lots of options for the variety of terrain and conditions Mammoth throws at me.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Great. Thanks very much. Really helpful advice. What do you think about the Experience 98s. They're a bit more affordable, which would allow me to put more towards a custom boot.

post #11 of 14

Drop the cash on the boots FIRST !!!

 

N yeah you will get that around here 

 

Plus the new boots may need bindings mounted in a different place 

 

So get the boot angle sorted out

 

Sorry for the hijack

post #12 of 14
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Great. Thanks very much. Really helpful advice. What do you think about the Experience 98s. They're a bit more affordable, which would allow me to put more towards a custom boot.


I have read good things about that ski, but there are others I would have bought before it.  Here is a good thread to give you food for thought:  http://www.epicski.com/t/117095/95-100mm-waist-ski-reviews-blizzard-kabookie-head-rock-n-roll-95-elan-999-blizzard-bonafide

The Head Rock and Roll 95 and the Brahman sounded better to me.

post #13 of 14

Looking at the Rock and Roll, I am sure you would like these better in the 185.  I have a pair and they are great skis: http://www.telemark-pyrenees.com/en/movementsource1213-p-77277.html

I bought mine there also and the shipping was $40-$50 and you get the ex vat price.  Read the reviews, the Source is a rippin ski not really well known in the US.  They had some good pricing on the Blizzard brand too.

post #14 of 14

You marry your boots, date/have affairs with your skis. Since you brought it up later in the thread that you need boots. Boots first, skis second. 

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