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post #1 of 10
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I have been sking rossignol scratch bc skis for the last 7 years and have used them for groomers, bumps, pow, park basically everything. The last few years I have spent as much time as the weather permits off piste so I am looking for a more powder based ski that will work fine on all other terrain? I am thinking faction 3 zero or line opus. I would class myself as very advanced / expert as I have been skiing 2 to 3 times a year for the last 25 yrs. any thought on my choice of ski or any other ski that will fit the bill? I ski tignes/ France mostly. rich
post #2 of 10
You're skiing 2 to three times a year? I hope this doesn't mean days per year, but means trips of a week or more. 3 days a year is a total of 75 days skiing, which is what many on this site do in one season. And we wouldn't be classing ourselves experts after 75 days.

Clearly you need to clarify a bit.

Also, although some here have skied in Europe, it's summer and most of the forum won't be checking in until maybe September, so you'll be working with the few of us that are on at this time of year. I am not familiar with what off piste in Tignes means. Are we talking open bowls of knee deep fluff? Moguls? Trees? Rocks? Cliffs? Snow with high moisture content that is well packed by people, just not groomed?
post #3 of 10
I've skied Tignes. Big. Open. Largely sans trees. Are they still open on the glacier? Not a park guy but the Opus seems 2 get strong reviews everywhere. Bit wide for some of the missions you mention, and probably not a speed demon. Cannot speak to the Fraction; have heard it's stiffer.
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Sorry, I'm a bit new to this. I ski 2 to 3 times a year for a week or two at a time. The off piste in Tignes is a mixture of open reasonably steep 2-3 foot deep pow mostly untouched except for a few tracks, areas with tight trees which have usually been tracked a bit,fairly steep with the odd rock and drop off, quite a few tight valleys 2-10 mtrs wide with  rocks here and there for good measure. A good bit of everything really. To say I am expert is maybe exaggerating a bit but I do ski with guides/ instructors who have become friends over the years but they are obviously on another level compared to me. I'm confident with virtually all types of skiing, put it that way. One thing I am rubbish at is knowing what gear to buy, I have never took the time to learn what will work best for me and I dont want multiple pairs of skis so I need a good all rounder.I have managed with the Rossignol Scratches fine but they are quite hard work in the deep stuff especially at slow speed.

post #5 of 10
Depending on your size, the Sir Francis Bacon might be better for you than the Opus. It's a bit stiffer and a bit narrower, so it will be a bit better on groomers, bumps, tracked out snow, etc. It'll still work well in untouched powder, but the Opus is a bit better due to the softer flex and extra width.

It's worth trying both if you can demo.
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Originally Posted by Richie101010 View Post

I have been sking rossignol scratch bc skis for the last 7 years and have used them for groomers, bumps, pow, park basically everything. The last few years I have spent as much time as the weather permits off piste so I am looking for a more powder based ski that will work fine on all other terrain? I am thinking faction 3 zero or line opus. I would class myself as very advanced / expert as I have been skiing 2 to 3 times a year for the last 25 yrs. any thought on my choice of ski or any other ski that will fit the bill? I ski tignes/ France mostly. rich

Welcome to EpicSki!  It's helpful when looking for advice about skis to read this EpicSki Article and answer the questions, especially when just getting started trying to understand all the pros and cons to various options.  Are you looking to buy during the summer or wait until the snowstorms start in France?

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis

post #7 of 10
Faction 3 zeroes are a great Euro all mountain ski imv. Where are you based? UK snowdomes can be a great place for demoing a bunch of skis out of season if you butter up the shops properly or look for a demo day for instance.
post #8 of 10
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Hi, This forum thing is really cool, first time I've joined one. I am buying skis probably around August/September when the 2015 skis come out. I'm hoping to pick up a pair of 2014 skis on sale then to save a bit of cash, Rich 

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Great to hear you like them, reviews are really difficult to find on Faction but for the skiing I do they should be just perfect. Built down the road in Switzerland too so will have been well tested on the same slopes I do me thinks. Dont suppose you know anyone who has a pair that could give me some thoughts? I live in the North east so the closest snow dome is escape in Leeds. Don't think they do any ski tests there though.

post #10 of 10

Also worth checking out snowheads for a British /English speaking Euro view of the world.

 

I had (and in fact still have) a pair of the old Faction 13s with the twinned tail which I understand became the mould for the 3 Zero (pre rocker).  They then moved the 13 into more of a charger ski with a flatter tail.  So subject to any modifications for rocker in the current 3 Zero I suspect it's a close enough proxy.  

 

They were a move up from Line Motherships (the old Canadian made metal) and just felt like a natural transition into a longer slightly  wider ski.  They could charge on piste but were pretty versatile off piste (helped by the twin) with a solid regular camber. Last skied them in the Lake District last Easter in conditions that could charitably be described as firm to variable. 

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