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New skis for British Columbia powder country

post #1 of 6
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I just moved to Kitimat, BC, Canada for work and the local mountain up here (Shames Mountain) seems to be pretty well known for getting a ton of powder, so I figure it's about time for me to get some new skis that are better suited to the conditions. Might even get 2 new pairs (an all-mountain ski plus a big powder ski for those special days).

 

About me: I'm 29, 5'11", 165 lbs., and a pretty aggressive type 8 skier who likes to challenge myself. I had been living in Saudi Arabia the last couple of years so I didn't get to do much skiing there (1 trip a year or so), so I'll probably be a little rusty when I first get back out there but it should all come back pretty easily. I like to ski steeps, fast, lighter snow and I don't have a ton of experience in powder so that should be taken into consideration. I also don't particularly care for big bump runs.

 

Some of the skis I've been looking at are:

 

All Mountain Skis:

Blizzard Kabookie - I actually had a chance to demo these back in February '12 in Sankt Anton, Austria (I think before they actually came out) and I had a blast. I don't see them on Blizzard's website anymore though; were they discontinued?

Blizzard Bonafide - Hear great things about them. How do they compare to the Kabookie's?

Kastle LX92

Kastle MX98

Kaestle FX 94

Kaestle FX104

Volkl Bridge

K2 Annex

 

Powder Skis:

DPS Wailer - should these go more under the All Mountain category?

DPS Lotus

DPS Spoon

Rossi Super 7

Praxis Protest or BPS or Powderboard or etc.

Kastle BMX 118 or 128

 

 

Any suggestions or thoughts on the skis I'm considering, my skier type, and my conditions?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6
Thoughts? You're one luckily SOB!

What boots do you have? You're going to need avi gear and some touring capability.
post #3 of 6

Welcome to EpicSki.

 

I'm not going to recommend a ski, I'm going to recommend a skier.

 

Go to TGR and do a search for Garyfromterrace. He is one of the main guys behind turning Shames into a community owned ski area co-op. He is also a former ski bud of mine from when he lived at Sun Peaks so I know he is a good guy and real friendly. He should be a big help for info about the back country there and also what equipment is available locally.

 

The best skiing at Shames is done by hiking up about 300 feet from were the lift ends.

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Thoughts? You're one luckily SOB!

What boots do you have? You're going to need avi gear and some touring capability.

 

My boots are Tecnica Dragon 120s

post #5 of 6

 If you didn't have proper boot's, there would be a lot more options. But since you do, I assume then that they fit properly? 

 

 

Yeah, I'd talk to Gary first.  But I  would think you could go with any of the skis you have outlined.  I'd put alpine binders on the all mountain and an AT Frame on the powder skis.

Get some skins for the powder skis, Avi gear and sign up for the an L1 avalanche course.   Be really nice to Gary!

post #6 of 6
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Awesome, thanks for the advice and I'll be sure to look Gary up!

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