Hi guys, I'm looking at picking up a new pair of skis for this season and was hoping to get a few recommendations.
To answer the five key questions:
1) I've got a season pass to Mount Sunapee and Okemo, so I'll be primarily skiing there, but will also be making some trips to Cannon and possibly some other trips to the Adirondacks, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
2) I prefer powder, trees, and natural, ungroomed terrain, but let's be honest it's the Northeast, so a lot of my time will be spent on the groomers. I do like bumps when they are nice and soft, but unless it's just snowed or it's spring, they're usually icy mounds of death which I stay out of.
3) I'll probably be skiing 30-40 days this season.
4) I've been skiing for 14 seasons now and am 25 years old. I guess I started a little later than some at 11 years old. Not coming from a race or freestyle background. On a beginner-intermediate-advanced-expert-pro scale I would rate myself a solid expert on groomers, I love to make huge GS turns at speed on the groomers. In the trees, bumps, natural, ungroomed terrain, and powder I would rate myself more of an advanced skier. I just have way less experience in this more natural, three dimensional, dynamic terrain. I could definitely benefit from a few lessons in this type of skiing.
5) I'm 5'10 and 190 pounds. Probably closer to 200 with everything on. Again 25 years old and male.
I'm going to add a sixth question, "What skis are you currently on and what do you like and dislike about them?"
Right now I'm using a pair of 183 cm Armada TSTs. I like their performance in light, low density, low water content powder. I also like how nimble they are in fresh powder and in the trees. I don't like how little edge grip they have on hardpack and ice. I don't feel very confident when the snow gets scrapped off and its down to ice. Probably do to the large amounts of rocker and taper in the tip combined with the soft flex and capwall construction, they just seem to skid around instead of being locked in. I also don't like how unstable they are in heavier, skied out snow conditions. I think they are too soft for my weight and the speed I want to ski them out. I notice this most at the end of the day when the groomers are skied out, on a powder day when the powder gets tracked out (especially if it's heavier powder), and in the spring when the snow gets warm and heavy. I think I'd like something with more edge grip and something that is more stable and more damp.
I think I'm looking for an all mountain ski with good hard snow performance to replace my TST. It would be nice for it to handle in some fresh snow, say 4-8 inches, but that's not a deal breaker. I'd like to eventually add a wider ski to make it a two ski quiver.
Some skis I've been looking at:
2014 Volkl Mantra (tip rocker only)
2015 Volkl Mantra (full rocker ELP)
2015 Rossignol Experience 100
2015 Rossignol Experience 88
2014/2015 Volkl Gotama
2014/2015 Volkl Bridge
2014/2015 Volkl Kendo
2014 Volkl Katana
2015 Armada Declivity
2015 Armada Invictus
2014/2015 Kastle MX 88
2015 Kastle MX88
Anyone have any experience with any of these relevant to my decision?
Any skis that I need to add to my list?
Thanks in advance for your help.