Originally Posted by CookieDecali
@Lott42, if you're here at Mammoth, as I am, your sacrifice was not in vain. Pretty nice snow conditions!
OK, just got back from Mammoth(Apr. 6-7): I'm an upper intermediate to low advance skier. I don't have the best mechanics but I'm contend with my abilities.
Sun. Apr 6. Started skiing around 9:00. Used my Kabookies today. Although, somewhat "overkill", I wanted to try my new skis out. First run Cornice. Perhaps I should have done one easy run first but it was snowplowed on the main run so "why not". 50 mph winds at the top...that sucked. Snow was pretty damn good throughtout the whole mtn even with the warmer temps. Most runs were on Cornice, Scotty's, Face of Five and most everything off of chair 3. I even did my first ever attempt on Wipeout :o)
Mon. Apr 7.
Swicted skis back to my Bushwackers. Pretty much the same runs as Sun. minus Wipeout and Face of Five. No wind today but snow got a little more soft by 1:30pm. Overall, still a good day with NO crowds
In recap, for me,
Sun: 9.5/10 (warm/windy/good snow)
Mon: 9/10 (warmer/NO crowds)
For my quick "un-informed" ski reviews.
I realize the Kabookies are 98 but compared to the BW, they either feel wider or the BW feel narrower then 88. Kabookies are only .5lbs more per pair.
I'm able to "wip" the BW side to side easily but it takes more time to turn the Kabookies. I had to take my time on Kabookies and finish the turn. I can definitely feel that they are slightly stiffer but not a bad way. For the same speed, the BW does have less stability and tail flap on snow but nothing to bad.
I can see how the BW might be geared more to the Intermediate because they are EASY to ski while the Kabookie took more focus on what I was supposed to be doing.