Hi all, another one of those "what's the best ski for me?" posts.
Me: 5'11", 260 pounds (aka "bigger than your average bear"), upper intermediate/advanced skiier (love blues and some smoother blacks). Been skiing off and on for 20 years. Budget: Frugal - can't justify $1000+ skis, open to good quality used skis.
Ski style: I like having fun on my skis. Not much of a fall line charger, 50% piste/50% off piste, enjoy fast swooping around on ungroomed but smoother bowls, ducking through trees, occasionally hit a ramp or pipe in the park. Not into moguls or bumps. Would be nice to practice switch more, but not critical (current skis are twin tips for this reason, but one-ski quiver is always a nice wish)
Ski conditions: 90% Oregon, usually Mt Hood. Known for "Cascade cement", I'm often night skiing so getting a lot of skied-out chop/crud. Occasionally get some fresh powder, but more often get dense heavy/wet snow. Spring sometimes brings crusty thaw/refreeze conditions.
Current skis: Head Bullet 84s. Fun park skis, but heavy and a bit narrow for the crud and powder I want to ski more. Also these are straight camber and I'd like a little more rocker to play with.
In reading reviews and asking around for the last few seasons, here's my "possible suspects" list of what I'm contemplating. Given my weight (which I know means I need to step up the stiffness), style, and home base, which do you think is best fit, or what have I missing out on and must consider? [not done as a poll in case new skis are suggested]
Blizzard Bonafide (@187, maybe 180)
Volkl Mantra (@184)
Nordica Hell&Back/Steadfast (@185)
Nordica Soul Rider (@185)
Line Sir Francis Bacon (@184, maybe @190)
ON3P Jeffrey (older model in 108mm width)
Atomic Alibi (@187)
K2 Annex 98 (@184 - worried may be too soft?)
Moment Tahoe (@186)
Moment PB&J (@188)
Armada TNT (@183, maybe @192 - hear these ski "short")
Line Supernatural 100 (@186?)
Rossignol Soul 7 (heard reports may not handle heavy weight well?)
Edited by brianbloom - 10/5/14 at 11:46am