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Hi, I am probably a level 7 skier, 50 years old (but act like a 21 year old at times) 5'10" and 200lbs (well 205!) can ski blacks with control, can charge down blues at speed with control, but bumps and trees I am tested as I have a week left knee and plate/screws in the ankle from playing rugby.   I had to use my 8 year old Rossi B2's at 166 last week as the rental line was massive.  I was bucked all over the place, they felt unstable at speed probably too short for me particularly in the soft new snow on bumpy ungroomed blacks.

 

I want to avoid lines and get used to a ski and am looking as getting as close to a one quiver for the East Coast and a trip to the West.  I would like to get into as much terrain as possible, off piste a bit, some trees and yes try the moguls. So looking at an all mountain ski, a bit wider etc.   I still would like something that holds a reasonable edge on the hard park as well.  I like to ski fast at times with smooth long turns but also like to play around in the garbage.  From web research there seems to be a few options: Blizzard Bushwacker, Blizzard Brahma (88mm), Nordica Steadfast or maybe the Volkl Kendo. The Blizzard Bonafide (98) may be something to aim for later.  From what I have read the Bushwacker may be a good way to start off with (173 or 180?).   I am going up to Maine in a couple of weeks but they only have the Brahma and Bonafide to demo from Blizzard.

 

Any suggestions?

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Hi, I am probably a level 7 skier, 50 years old (but act like a 21 year old at times) 5'10" and 200lbs (well 205!) can ski blacks with control, can charge down blues at speed with control, but bumps and trees I am tested as I have a week left knee and plate/screws in the ankle from playing rugby.   I had to use my 8 year old Rossi B2's at 166 last week as the rental line was massive.  I was bucked all over the place, they felt unstable at speed probably too short for me particularly in the soft new snow on bumpy ungroomed blacks.

 

I want to avoid lines and get used to a ski and am looking as getting as close to a one quiver for the East Coast and a trip to the West.  I would like to get into as much terrain as possible, off piste a bit, some trees and yes try the moguls. So looking at an all mountain ski, a bit wider etc.   I still would like something that holds a reasonable edge on the hard park as well.  I like to ski fast at times with smooth long turns but also like to play around in the garbage.  From web research there seems to be a few options: Blizzard Bushwacker, Blizzard Brahma (88mm), Nordica Steadfast or maybe the Volkl Kendo. The Blizzard Bonafide (98) may be something to aim for later.  From what I have read the Bushwacker may be a good way to start off with (173 or 180?).   I am going up to Maine in a couple of weeks but they only have the Brahma and Bonafide to demo from Blizzard.

 

Any suggestions?

Welcome to EpicSki!  Can't help much with men's skis but I've found the Blizzard Black Pearl, which is the same as the Bushwacker but marketed towards women, does well in the northeast as well as out west (Alta, Big Sky, JH) in up to about 12 inches of powder.  More than that and I tend to want to rent a powder ski.  The BPs weren't optimal at Whiteface when there hadn't been fresh snow for a couple weeks.  Were great in 5-10 inches of fresh snow a few weeks ago.

 

FYI, there is an EpicSki Gathering in Maine mid-March.  @KevinF is coordinating.  Here's one of the relevant threads:

http://www.epicski.com/t/123038/new-england-gathering-march-14th-through-17th

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