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Is 110 too wide for Alberta?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi, I have had a search.

 

I am will be in Canmore for the coming season, but am from the UK so know the alps mostly. I had a week in Banff mid-December 2012.

 

I would really value some help on ski widths. I have Kendos already and will be taking them. I have skied for 35 years and expect to spend most of my time getting into what I think is called side-country, trees, edges and back bowls. I am still fit and athletic, and ski fast and can jump a bit (but not triple back corks in the park. No. Ahem).

 

If you know the conditions well enough, your thoughts on a ski width to complement my kendo would be very helpful. I am 6' (183cm) and 85kg (185lbs). I do need to loose some weight and will up a mountain ;)

 

With thanks

 

Jack

post #2 of 12

Not too wide at all if you have the Kendos as daily drivers. Are you planning on going further west than Sunshine/Lake Louise to powdery places like Revy or Kicking Horse? If so a genuine powder ski 115 and up would be in order so take your pick of many. If you want something wider than the Kendo but still versatile (ie fun in crud and good on groomers) then something in the 105 to 110 like the Cochise would work.You will find that 100 mm is the new 80 in the west. 


Edited by Castle Dave - 11/24/13 at 2:54pm
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the confidence giving advice.

 

I would like to get a 110 as a daily driver and use the kendo for days when I have to ski the pistes. I am not sure what those days might be though, as I am fully expecting feet of fresh powder every night.

 

I am looking at Kicking Horse as it is drive-able and looks amazing. But mostly the 'big 3' on my season pass.

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jackio View Post I am not sure what those days might be though, as I am fully expecting feet of fresh powder every night.

 

 

haha.  Conditions out here in Alberta and BC aren't quite that good.  :D

 

But yes, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use wide skis throughout the season for sure.  110 is definitely not overkill.  I have Mantra's (98 waist) for every day use out in the mountains and a set of slalom cheaters for doing evening laps on the local hill in Calgary. 

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jackio View Post

 

I would like to get a 110 as a daily driver and use the kendo for days when I have to ski the pistes. I am not sure what those days might be though, as I am fully expecting feet of fresh powder every night. 

 

 

Sounds like you drank the Alberta Tourist Bureau  Kool Aid. LL in particular can get pretty lean 

Pure powder skis like the S7 et al will suck as a daily driver especially were you will be skiing. I'm 185lbs and 6'2" so am close to your size and after 100+ days I can recommend the 185 Cochise @108mm as it does everything very very well. Read the reviews for confirmation.   

post #6 of 12

Have skied Sunshine regularly and now Louise every weekend - Mantras are my daily driver and 108 waste as my powders, I expect to use them a handful of times this season at Louise and maybe a couple at Kicking horse, agree with the Kool Aid comment, your Kendos will be just fine as your daily driver for chop, crud and a little fresh with something bigger for the occasional day.

 

There's a good and reasonable ski store in Canmore called www.sportsexpertscanmore.ca which will let you try before you buy - not sure where you are from but I find them cheapest in the region with a great selection of wider boards.

 

Rob

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Castle Dave View Post
 

Sounds like you drank the Alberta Tourist Bureau  Kool Aid. LL in particular can get pretty lean 

Pure powder skis like the S7 et al will suck as a daily driver especially were you will be skiing. I'm 185lbs and 6'2" so am close to your size and after 100+ days I can recommend the 185 Cochise @108mm as it does everything very very well. Read the reviews for confirmation.   

 

Second the Cochise for a Canmore daily driver. I grew up skiing Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise until I moved to BC in 2008, and when I left I was using Armada ANT's (133-105-120ish traditional camber) as daily drivers. The Cochise are a nice balanced ski that handle powder well but also shred hard snow really well for their size. As Dave says, if you get a pure powder ski (in terms of rocker profile) you are not going to have much fun on harder snow conditions.

 

That said, if you are going to tour, get something more powder focused and just use the Kendo at the resort when the snow is hard (which it is most of the time at SSV/LL).

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

This is all really helpful, thank you. For some reason I am Jonesing for anSFB/ON3P Jeffrey as something rather playful. I think I will need to try a few pairs and see what fits the bill. Or maybe just buy unseen and crack on.

 

I like the Kool Aid comments...only it's my own brewed kool aid, just dreaming ;)

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jackio View Post
 

This is all really helpful, thank you. For some reason I am Jonesing for anSFB/ON3P Jeffrey as something rather playful. I think I will need to try a few pairs and see what fits the bill. Or maybe just buy unseen and crack on.

 

I like the Kool Aid comments...only it's my own brewed kool aid, just dreaming ;)


Oddly enough, I don't have my Jeffery review up on here. Great ski. It would be my personal choice as a western 1 ski quiver. I have skied, and enjoyed it in all conditions. Remarkably stable for a "jib" ski, but infinitely playful due to ON3P's damp yet loadable construction.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks ecimmortal. I think I will just get a pair and see. At 6' 183cm what length would you suggest?

Jack

post #11 of 12
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Thanks ecimmortal. I think I will just get a pair and see. At 6' 183cm what length would you suggest?

Jack


get the 186

post #12 of 12

Personally, there have been very few times I have wanted something wider than 100-mm in Banff. There have been parts of runs that would have been better on wider skis (top of west bowl at LL after a good snow fall, bye-bye bowl or parts of Goat's eye at SSV) but it is almost always overshadowed by the need for something more agile elsewhere (icy approaches, groomer run outs etc.)

 

Picking skis for Sunshine or LL is always a huge compromise. Sunshine maybe less so since it is easier to stay in good snow all day, your runs will just be very short.

 

Both hills do get long dry spells and then the fun is in steep moguls and chutes which I definitely prefer something under 98-mm for, and actually my daily driver for those days is 82-mm but I think going up to 90-mm could be better. I think your Kendos are almost the perfect one ski quiver for Banff and would be the best ski for probably 75% of your time unless you are really only skiing after snowfalls.

 

For touring, again it depends on when you choose to tour but on any given tour you should be in the sweet spot at 98-mm and above.

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