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Hey guys, I've been doing a lot of reading on here, but figured I might as well just ask directly. I got my boots taken care of last season (Lange RS 110), and at this point I figure it's time to replace my high school era skis, which, while they served well, are pretty clearly on their last legs. 

 

So about me: I live in Boston, and with the way my life currently works out, I get 20-30 days on the slopes each winter with that distribution being: 5-7 Days at Gore, 10-15 Days in a mix of Vermont/New Hampshire, 3-4 Days at Alta, and 3-4 Days somewhere else out west. I'm 24 years old, 5'9", 150lbs, and a relatively good skier (Started when I was 4, carving technique is my strength, but I can handle myself pretty much anywhere—Last winter I started actually working on my bumps technique, but it's not there yet when I'm out east). I truly love carving... And my current skis help with that (125-75-111, 165cm), but I spend plenty of time all over the mountain... At Alta, you'll find me in the Wildcat area most days.

 

With all of that said, I think I've decided on my general plan: 

   - A pair of hardcore carvers in the 65/75 waist range

   - A more playful ski for days when Carving isn't going to happen/east coast powder/crud

   - Renting big boys if I happen to catch a storm while I'm out west

 

I'd love to come up with a short list to demo next time I'm out. Currently that looks like the following, but I would love additional suggestions (or information that should lead me to cross things off of this list)

 

Carvers:

   Head i.Supershape Speed - http://www.head.com/ski/products/skis/performance/isupershape-speed/5990/?region=us

   Head i.Supershape Magnum - http://www.head.com/ski/products/skis/performance/isupershape-magnum/5989/?region=us

   Blizzard S-Power FS IQ - http://www.blizzard-ski.com/int/products/detail/product/show/s-power-fs-iq.html

 

All Mountain:

   Kastle FX94 - http://www.kaestle-ski.com/en/products/fx/fx94-1947/

   Volkl Kendo - http://www.voelkl.com/skis/freeski/titanal-freeride/kendo.html

   Volkl Mantra - http://www.voelkl.com/skis/freeski/titanal-freeride/mantra.html

 

Oh, I guess the last thing I should mention is that last time I was out at Alta, I spent some time demoing, with a couple of takeaways. 1. I loved how the Volkl RTM 84 let me attack, but taking it down groomers was a chore rather than something I got to enjoy. 2. I threw on some Salomon BBR 9.0s and loved the feel with my edges dug in (very turn-y), but they felt heavier than I wanted for east coast carving. 

 

Thanks a ton in advance for any advice, information, or recommendations!

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I'd love to come up with a short list to demo next time I'm out. Currently that looks like the following, but I would love additional suggestions (or information that should lead me to cross things off of this list)

 

Carvers:

 

   Head i.Supershape Speed -

   Head i.Supershape Magnum -

   Blizzard S-Power FS IQ

 

All Mountain:

 

   Kastle FX94 -

   Volkl Kendo - http:

   Volkl Mantra - http:

 

 

 

Good plan and you have two interesting lists. Your carver list is pretty ambitious as the iSpeed and S-Power may be difficult to find as a demo. The Magnum probably will be pretty easy to find as a demo. IAC.....a good list with some pretty high horsepower skis. That's not inappropriate given your targeted usage. Certainly the Magnum is the easiest of the three but still a pretty strong ski.

 

Your all mountain list is possibly a little questionable given your light weight and the fact that you say you want "playful". You have targeted three relatively stiff skis and the Mantra is the stiffest ski in either the 88 or the 98mm width classes. I don't think I'd call that one particularly playful but you might like it even at your weight so you should try it. I would suggest that you try at least one less demanding ski to see what your preferences are. You might consider a Head Rev 90, K2 Rictor 90 or Nordica Steadfast as a contrast to the other three as all are at least somewhat easier going.

 

SJ

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Awesome, thanks a bunch. While I guess I'm lighter than most, I do tend to ski pretty fast/aggressively, so stiffness doesn't scare me as much as non-responsiveness.

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