Originally Posted by Voila
Experienced skiers know well that modern skis are great,,,but have a narrower performance range compared to older skis.
Oh come on. This is just not true by a long shot. Compared to modern skis, the performance envelope of straight skis was incredibly limited. Ditto for narrow shaped skis that compared to modern designs are a hardpack 1 trick pony.
The only way your statement makes sense if what you mean is "older skis sucked at everything, but they sucked at everything pretty evenly, so by that definition they were versatile."
The reality- even 5 years ago, skis in the 95-100mm range were considered dedicated powder boards and almost universally were brutal to ski on hard snow. Now there are several models with performance 90% as good as a good 60-70 waist ski on hardpack, while being worlds, worlds, worlds better in deep snow.
Getting back to the OP- AT your weight and height, YOU NEED a ski in the 190-200cm range. If you like to ski aggressively, you want some of the stiffer stuff being recommended. The Kung Fujas is a very soft ski. It is fun in a lot of conditions, but with your weight and the soft flex pattern of the ski, what you will likely find is that the ski is tough to pilot in crud- the tips of the skis will get shoved around and will not track well in heavy snow, while a stiffer ski will absorb more and track truer. In Summit County, your ungroomed experience will be cut up crud much more often than it will be powder.
At your weight, if you want good powder performance, I think you either are looking at 2 skis or going with a wider ski. For one ski, I would look at something in the 105-110 range. I'm not suggesting specific models because it really isn't clear what type of ski you prefer.
For two skis, You can have something in the 85-100 range that will be a good "everything on the mountain is firm." ski, and a ski in the 110-120 range that is a "everything in the mountain is soft" day.
Going with 2 skis, I would spend the cash on the harder snow ski. I would look for deals on the soft snow ski- right now this is a pretty good deal- you can search for a lot of Bluehouse info on this site. http://www.factorydirectskis.com/discount-skis/discount-ski-maestro-panda-189.html I have these skis and love them.
For what it is worth, I am 6'1", 230 lbs. I spend my ski day off groomers for as long as my knees hold out. I tend to like softer, playful skis. Wolf Creek is home, which means I am skiing deeper snow than you, but with the exception of the Bluehouse, these skis were an Aspen quiver too (pretty typical I-70 snow) My current quiver is-
2013 Bluehouse Maestro 189- the same ski linked above 118 waist.
2009 K2 Kung Fujas 189 (older model with 95 waist)
2009 K2 Obsethed 189 (now 2 generations old- 105 waist)
I'm ski swapping the Obsethed this year because the Maetros, as an "S7 type" 5 point design are far more versatile than the Obsethed.
The Maestro is really my everyday ski, and the Kung Fujas are the "everything on the mountain is frozen solid and 85% of my day will be groomers and 15% bumps" ski. But again, I see a lot more snow than what you will see sking off of I-70.
Edited by anachronism - 9/21/13 at 10:29pm