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Looking for Expert short radius all-mountain ski ideas

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i am currently skiing on Salomon X-Wing Fury which are great for cruising but a little wide waisted for short radius turns. I am at Mont Tremblant every weekend and generally ski bumps and trees with some cruising thrown in. Looking for some suggestions on an expert level replacement for my Salomons. Thanks!

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I just demo'd the Salomon Enduro XT 800 today.  I was actually at the hill demo-ing a bunch of GS-type ski's and was asked by the rental guy to demo these for him and compare their turning abilities to those of the race ski's.  I had no problem throwing together some tighter turns, while also mixing in some fairly beefy GS turns as well.  I can't comment on their all-mountain capabilities as I was only skiing on groomers, but if you are concerned about shorter radius turns, this ski was capable.  Good luck!

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I really like the XT800 (180cm).  I had a pair of the Fury's (original 2007 version maybe?) which were pretty good off piste but not awe inspiring on hard groomers.  The XT800 is very versatile.  Holds a good edge on artificial hardpack, and does well all over the mountain.  I find it's not very limiting in terms of speed or turn radius, it will comply.  There are lighter and easier skis in the bumps if that's one of your primary goals.

 

By comparison I had a pair of Dynastar Contact 4x4's  (175cm) and they were happier at high speeds and less compliant in terms of turn radius.  I did not like them off of the groomers at all.  They have a higher top end than the XT800 but for any practical purpose I do not max out the Salomons at all.  If I were always balls to the wall on hard snow I'd give the edge to the 4x4's but overall I'd much rather ski on the XT800.

 

FYI, I'm 6'2", 240 pounds, and haven't tested them on blue ice, but they perform admirably on harder days at Norquay, Lake Louise and Panorama in the Rockies.  

 

I use the XT800's for ~75% of my ski days outside of a storm cycle.

 

-Bruce

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