Originally Posted by Godin64bit
I have an epic pass and will be skiing at A-basin and Vail mostly, but with a trip to heavenly and canyons/alta/snowbird and a few days at sugurbush and jay out east.
Right now I'm leaning on the patrons and then a narrower ski like the kabookie or?
Oh good, you are thinking two skis. for Colorado, I'd go narrower on both since you are not a bump avoider (nicest word I could come up with ).
I've been demoing every day for the last couple years and have settled on 88-90 as the ideal width for my Colorado all-mountain ski with a bump & tree emphasis. They just rip the bumps much better than the 98 skis, and don't give up much in soft snow on days with 6 inches or less. I really enjoyed the Kendo and E88, and based on the reviews and similarities of all the skis in this class I just bought some blemished Steadfasts:
That's the easy part. The more difficult question is what's a good powder ski for Colorado that can still ski bumps nicely after the pow is tracked up. You can switch skis easily at A-basin, so Vail is a better example. Even on a 12+ inch day at Vail, you are still likely to spend the afternoon skiing soft bumps in the bowls. Personally, I also want a ski that can also rip a zipperline down Highline on a pow day, and the 115ish skis just feel like driving a semi on a bump run like that.
My current thinking is some of the softer snow oriented 107ish skis might be the way to go for the wider ski in a Colorado 2 ski quiver. My demo list for this year is the Rossi Soul 7, Nordica Vagabond and the Blizzard Cochise. Hopefully I'll get enough powder days to figure out this important problem that keeps me up at night!
Edit: this is far from original thought. Have a read through this little thread: