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Ski Make: Salomon
Ski Model: Xtra Hot
Ski Length: 175
Snow Conditions Used In: 6-12" powder, packed powder groomers, crud, wind blown hardpack, windblown crust 2-3", trees.
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: adv/expert
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 30
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 10-20
Other Skis You Like: Pocket Rockets. Just sold 02 Scream 10 Pilots 186's. I liked them too but for different reasons. Great carver. Old Rossi 4S 203's were great.
Your Height/Weight: 5' 10 180lbs geared up

What a blast!! This ski makes fast fall line turns, blasts crud, floats through trees. I was charging through crust that was knocking other people over!! Inconsistent snow does not bother this ski! Fast fall line turns on the groomers next to the trees... spot a good line to catch a few freshies and BAM... jump in, catch a few turns and not miss a beat. From groomed to tress and back like nothing. Just amazing. The 175's turn much quicker than the 185's I skied a month ago. For me this could be the ultimate ski. I like to make as many quick turns as I can down the fall line. Groomed or powder.

Powder: Fall line "popper" figure 8's- Awesome. Longer GS style carver turns. Awesome. Just tip em and they turn. I however prefer the "popper" turns as I call them. More fun. Good rebound and energy I thought.

Groomers: Same as powder. This ski will launch you into the next turn if you just stay on it. Big GS turns it just hangs on as long as your legs can handle the g's.

Crud: Just blast through it all. Stable, inspires confidence.

Trees: Boot top to knee high powder. Quick turning. Like in the crud-inspires confidence.

Crust: I was amazed here. How many times have I/we hit the crust only to endo or get thrown off kilter?? I was breaking through 2-3 inches of hard crust into boot top powder and just kept on going. I could feel the crust bouncing off my shins! The ski just kept tracking below. I don't know how else to describe it.

Windblown HARD pack: This is teeth chattering hardpack. As close as you can get to ice. What can I say... It held an edge great while I got down into the soft stuff!!

Short Steep jump turns: They are right about low swing weight. The skis come around quick and when you stand on it the edge hooks up great. Sweet. What I mean by short here is that the steep runs I was on are short. Only a few turns of what I would call steeps. I suspect this is a very good ski on the steeps from what I could feel.

This ski likes to go fast and really shines. Maybe that's why it is so good in crud and crust.