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Suggestions wanted: short radius all mountain/freestyle ski for advanced skiier

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Hi there

 

I have been skiing a pair of Rossignol 9SL the last couple of years. I love the short turns and aggressive skiing, and tend to mainly stick to groomers. However, I'm starting to miss a ski that can be a little more playful and go off piste without sinking at any given opportunity.

 

I'm not going to drag multiple skis around though and will still mainly be on groomers, so it needs to be something that retains a relatively short radius, a relatively slim waist and enough stiffness to go aggressive on the groomers. Do you guys have recommendations for all mountain or freestyle skis that have around 15-18m radius and <90mm waist? A few options I have considered (but not had a chance to try yet):

 

Rossignol Experience 88 (wonder if this is too stiff for a playful ski)

 

Blizzard Bushwacker (seems ideal)

 

Nordica Soul Rider (would prefer slimmer waist)

 

K2 Recoil (would prefer shorter radius)

 

Are there any obvious choices out there I am not aware of?

post #2 of 4

Having only tried two of those skis, I'll give you my thoughts on those:

 

Experience 88 is a nice all mountain carver that has enough float to let you venture off the groomers comfortably. Stiffness is going to depend on how heavy you are.

 

The K2 Recoil on the other hand is a complete and total slug. It goes in a straight line fairly well, but it's fairly lifeless. For what it's worth, I have a pair, and they're my rock ski now. But they're pretty cheap, and cheap is always good, unless you find something better that is also cheap.

 

Anyways, that's my view on those skis, but you'd be best off if you mentioned the five key questions of ski help asking:

 

  1. Where in the world are you skiing? 

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

  3. How many days a year do you ski?

  4. How advanced are you as a skier?

  5. What's your height and weight? 

post #3 of 4

Welcome to EpicSki.  If you're considering the Busherwacker and Rossi E88, add the Nordica Steadfast, or the new Nordica NRGy 90 to your list.  You may to search to find the NRGy but it might well be worth it.  See the thread about the Nordica's new line.

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Originally Posted by FlyingFish View Post
 

Having only tried two of those skis, I'll give you my thoughts on those:

 

Experience 88 is a nice all mountain carver that has enough float to let you venture off the groomers comfortably. Stiffness is going to depend on how heavy you are.

 

The K2 Recoil on the other hand is a complete and total slug. It goes in a straight line fairly well, but it's fairly lifeless. For what it's worth, I have a pair, and they're my rock ski now. But they're pretty cheap, and cheap is always good, unless you find something better that is also cheap.

 

Anyways, that's my view on those skis, but you'd be best off if you mentioned the five key questions of ski help asking:

 

  1. Where in the world are you skiing? Mainly the alps

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry) Mainly groomed, some sidecountry/moguls. No real park stuff, just like to play in the terrain.

  3. How many days a year do you ski? 1-2 weeks

  4. How advanced are you as a skier? On a scale from 1 (beginner) to 5 (expert) I am probably a 3.5

  5. What's your height and weight? 182cm (6 feet), 82kg (180 pounds)

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