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Choosing a good all mountain ski that can do the bumps

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I am 53, around 6 feet tall, 200 lbs and have been skiing for 40 years.  I mostly ski in the East and Midwest, but get out west sometimes.  Ski conditions are mostly hard pack with a little powder.  I like to ski fast and aggressively and on the moguls about 50% of the time.  Any suggestions?

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Best I have seen for what you are asking for is a ski that is coming out for next season, the Blizzard Latigo, it is the 78mm wide slimmer brother to the hugely popular 98mm Bonafide and middle waisted 88mm Brahma. The Latigo with it's early rise in the tip and tail makes is a winner in the bumps and the camber underfoot  and two sheets of metal allow it to rip on the hardback. It is a ski that is worth the wait. 

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May I suggest the Volkl RTM 81?  I am a bit older than you but also love to ski bumps.  I bought the RTM 81 to be my eastern all mountain ski.  It rips on groomers, cruises through freshies, crud and broken snow and is also fun in the bumps.  I only got in about 5-6 ski days on them this year as I am also in a race league and just free ski my race skis after race days.  But based on that experience, I would not hesitate to take them out west for most conditions other than 12+ inches of Pow.  I am totally happy with them.

 

BTW I am 5'9" 190lbs and like you have been skiing aggressively for 40+ years.  I bought mine in a 171,

 

Give them a demo if you can.  You might also like them.

 

Good luck,

 

Rick G

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Thanks for your suggestions.  Any thoughts on the K2 Rictor 82xti as an option.

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Good information in this thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/124909/what-makes-a-good-bump-ski-for-ordinary-citizens

 

I picked up a pair of Head Rock n Rolls recommended by Dawgcatcher in that thread that I will try out this weekend. I need another pair of skis like I need a hole in the head, but I liked the idea of trying a shorter length for a bias towards skiing bumps. I'll report back Monday. 

 

I really needed another Blizzard ski to lust after. Thanks Phil! :rolleyes 

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Best I have seen for what you are asking for is a ski that is coming out for next season, the Blizzard Latigo, it is the 78mm wide slimmer brother to the hugely popular 98mm Bonafide and middle waisted 88mm Brahma. The Latigo with it's early rise in the tip and tail makes is a winner in the bumps and the camber underfoot  and two sheets of metal allow it to rip on the hardback. It is a ski that is worth the wait.

 

^^^^ True this. I was able to ski the Latigo at SIA this year. Phenomenal ski for what you describe.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Best I have seen for what you are asking for is a ski that is coming out for next season, the Blizzard Latigo, it is the 78mm wide slimmer brother to the hugely popular 98mm Bonafide and middle waisted 88mm Brahma. The Latigo with it's early rise in the tip and tail makes is a winner in the bumps and the camber underfoot  and two sheets of metal allow it to rip on the hardback. It is a ski that is worth the wait. 


Any suggestions for a woman?

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Any suggestions for a woman?

An all mountain "woman" that can do the bumps? I have only one safe answer @Trekchick . 

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