stats about me
30 years old
skier Level 9+ unless your believe MT skull than I am more like Level 6
173cm Kastle Mx83
177cm Nordica Soul Rider
177m Blizzard "the one"
180cm Blizzard Brahma
185cm Blizzard Cochise
186m Rossi Sickle
192cm Rossi WC GS ski
195cm PM Gear Super Bro
and the 185cm Nordica Patrons I am mounted +1 from the trad line using Solly STH2 9-16 heavy binding.
this ski is the closest to one ski quiver for northern vermont skier or anywhere that get enough snow to warrant its use. It obviously is very float in powder and blast to ski in trees but the most amazing thing about this ski its legitmately has more edge grip than tons of ski with less width or rocker than it.
Powder - I have skied this ski on 6 inch of sludge day, and a foot of lighter snow, and a foot and half of heavier but dryer snow last valentines day. This ski with huge girth 143-113-134 and lots of tip and tail rocker is easy with out ever being soft or unstable in all powder conditions. this is my best I currently own for untracked powder of all types and does not get thrown around much in tracked but not smashed powder. except the same great performance in thick spring corn and spring manky as well. The ski slarves, porpoises, pop and is basically going to what most any skier is going to want.
Wind Crust/sun slab untracked condtions. - in finndog's question about what ski for a 'heavy" snow day I would still stick with this ski especially if it untracked. Despite having a pretty tradional sidecut with out much 'taper" the combo of long and gradual rocker and very low tip and tail the ski never hook and its basically feel like you are skiing on groomer or untracked powder depending on the exact type of manky snow you are skiing. The Sickle and the cochise are not quite this good at skiing this stuff untracked. At certain speeds(higher) and larger turn shapes the cochise will take the win especially if it is tracked.
groomers - this is the best 113 mm ski on groomer untill proven otherwise. the cambered sections get the ski to start gripping early in the turn and in high edge angle turns the entire ski engages. the ski is remarkably calm for not having metal and can GS turn down(18.5 meter turn radiius) the Nosedive trail here on hardpack day with no worries, on soft groomer during a powder day they are down right fun. The only real downside is no other ski this fat I have ever skied encourages such aggressive groomer skiing and physics is physics. This ski hurt my legs on hard pack worse than any other ski I have ever tried I think simply because its performance envelope here is so high for such a wide ski. short turns have quite a bit of power but are not nearly as fun as the GS turns. This ski does not like to be thrown sideways on hardpack but instead loves edge to edge(well big edge to big edge angle) turns.
Bumps - this ski rocks in bumps if your on your game. Just stay centered and let the section of camber 'carve" mini turns. In hardpack bumps, its is better than Sickle. In soft pack bumps the sickle is slightly more fun and easier to ski. Gs turning though lumpy terrain like bump field is not the patrons things at least in this size for me. If you are someone who likes to smash bumps or skip the tops of them then I suggest looking at the Blizzard Cochise or Nordica El capo.
some video late in this one of me skiing bumps on it, some hardpack but grippy bumps hardly what this ski was designed for IMO, but does it well.
crud - not this skis forte but its light enough and the terrain it self is smooth enough this ski does an ok job, if kept in basically carving SL turn all the time it does better but still a notch down from the sickle which long low continous rocker seems to work better, or the Cochise which is amoung the best crud skis produced by a major manufacturer ever. the above video was very very stiff manmade"powder" short turns worked well, but longer turns felt nervous and like my edge was getting knocked off.
conclusion. Stupid fun powder skis thats only real weakness is wide open crud skiing which quite honestly we do not get much here of in vermont. If you are looking for eastern tree/powder skis this should be on your list. It like a technical round line over slarvy slippery line in all conditions and rewards strong driver but even lower level advance skiers will enjoy this ski in powder where as experts can truly exploit its hardpack an bump performance.
this is some POV video from last friday of the fun on this thing.