Id first like to introduce myself! I'm new to this forum and would like to extend my greetings to all you passionate skiers out there :) I am 6'0'', 155 lbs and an advance-expert skier (ex-ski instructor). I tend to ski pretty aggressive, enjoying deep short and long radius carving as much as bumps, glades and fresh western fluff. I live and ski in Quebec (East Coast) about 40 days per season, but occasionally go out West to Utah, Colorado and BC to hit some of that deep pow. I already own a pair of Nordica FireArrow 80 EDT 172cm 2012 (the ones with the sick colorful graphics). I got them young so they are on the shorter side now. They fill that bridge between hardcore carving and all-moutain bump/trees setting. Don't get me wrong, they charge, go fast and provide a damp stable feel at high speeds thanks to the titanium layers.
As much as I love my Nordica skis, I'm looking for a pair of versatile mid-fat skis that perform well in the following conditions in order of importance:
Since my current skis have a very damp, stable feel to them, I'd like a ski which has a more poppy, jibby feel (mostly to pop a few tricks here and there, not in a park setting). Those skis would be a pair that I could bring out west on ski trips, but still ski them on the East Coast.
I've already done a fair bit of research on my own:
- Blizzard Cochise 185cm (good overall, not so great graphics)
- 4FRNT Hoji 187cm (sick graphics, playful, more powder oriented)
- Armada JJ 180cm (heard they were beasts on everything, except groomers)
- Line Sir Francis Bacon (Haven't read much on them)
I'd appreciate if you guys could give me input on the selections above, new suggestions and what not. Again, this new pair would complement my Nordica FireArrow and provide a more poppy, playful feel to the ride. I'd mostly be skiing in glades, on those occasional powder days and possibly touring out west.
Thank you very much!
PS: Being primarily francophone makes writing a piece much more difficult that it seems :)