After reading dozens of reviews and posts in the last days my brain turned to April mush.
I am begging for some expert advice about what skis to buy. Unfortunately, demo is not possible due to tight schedule
and me living in S.FL.... (Ahhh, the beach is so gorgeous this time of the year. Why am watching youtube powder
clips so obsessively ??)
My data: 40 yo., 5'10" and 144 lbs., advanced-to-expert (level 8-9, I like to believe).
Love steeps, deep snow, trees, and off-piste. Prefer quick, slarvy, turns at medium speeds and
occasionally to let it loose. Dislike moguls due to knees issues. I love to jump and dream one day
of doing 180s (work in progress). Not a park person. Dislike hardpack, but enjoy steep groomers.
I like to challenge myself and to always improve technique, regardless the slope and snow conditions.
Been skiing 10 days/year for the last 10 years, in snowy UT resorts and at Grand Targhee (last season).
This year I go back to Powdermtn. and Snowbasin. Hope the snow gods listen this year around and kick down
the jetstream .
My current skis are 2011 Rossignol S3 (177cm) that need to retire mainly due to:
- floppy tips at even moderate speed on crud and hardpack.
- add to that weak edge hold on hardpack or icy patches and it gets scary
- weak stability at higher speed.
(loading the tips to quiet them hurts technique)
I need a ski that works nicely in UT powder, cuts vigorously through chop, tracked powder, and (sometimes frozen) crud,
is stable at all speeds, and is playful/turny to fit my above profile. Twin-tip with a 107-115mm waist and a 177-187cm length, medium flex, tip/tail rocker, and some camber, maybe,
Some interesting options condensed from reading online would be:
2. Patron or Unleashed Hell or Helldorado (still on sale at Starthaus!)
6. ON3P Jeffrey
7. Gotama or Katana
I would go to 185cm but considering my 144 lbs., the 177-181 range could be enough for flotation. (What about stability?)
What do you epic skiers recommend about model and size?
PS: The Blistergear review for the Nordicas (http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/nordica-helldorado/2)
raises a valid problem with their tips. Quote:"The tips of the Patrón simply felt too soft and buckled too easily, and I’d get pitched forward. If I then over corrected and got in the backseat when trying to regain my balance, the soft tails of the Patron didn’t offer much in the way of support, and I would have to fight hard to keep from falling farther back." Did anyone else experience this?
Edited by john0 - 8/20/13 at 7:05pm