Originally Posted by jmcdtucson
Ok, there are tons of discussions on this topic, I just can't find an opinion on this ski so why not start another one?
Looks like some powder when we arrive at Alta on Wednesday but not a ton. Then little or no snow the rest of the week.
Is it worth the hassle to rent skis on Wednesday? Or just ski what I'm used to?
Advanced - willing to ski most things there except super steeps
45 yrs old.
How much experience do you have with powder skiing? An 86 waist ski should be perfectly serviceable and fun up until around 12-18" or so for somebody reasonably proficient. For somebody that isn't good in deep snow I would rent on a storm day. For somebody looking to maximize their fun I would rent on a storm day. Big surfy 5 point skis kick so much ass in deep snow it really belies words.
I don't know what the forecast is for Alta, and at this time of year small powder days are worse than sunny days because they just guarantee the under layer stays frozen.
So, I guess I would say-
1-8" Ski what you have. Dust on crust, and you will be skiing the firm layer in very short order. At the 3-8" of that range you will have more fun, but you will be touching bottom enough to have no need for a wider ski.
8"+ I would consider renting
18"+ I would definitely rent.