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Upgraditis - Looking to find a new ski to fit my progression [recent move to SLC]

post #1 of 8
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Hi all,

 

Last year I bought 172mm Blizzard Magnum 8.0ca's (I am 5'10" 175lbs, athletic build) along with new fitted boots for my move to Salt Lake City. Before the season began,  I had not skied in 10 years so I classified myself as an intermediate even before I got on the mountain. I was able to get about 25 times with these skis last year at The Canyons. About 70% of my skiing was on steep groomers, either going going as fast as I push myself or carving wide runs, and the rest was black diamond mogul fields and some tree skiing. I think the lighter ski like the magnums were good for learning the bumps since I could change direction quickly with them. Although powder days were few and far between, I was able to feel very comfortable on three to four 8+" days except when the heavy mogul fields developed later in the day.

 

I loved riding the Blizzards early during the season since they were light and nimble, but by the end of the season I felt like I was overpowering the skis when I was carving the groomers. I don't know if it was because of the length or that they are light ski due to the carbon. Second, I did tend to submarine many times when riding deep wet crud late in the day after big storms.  I attribute that to my lack of practice in these conditions, but based on reading these forums I think a longer and wider ski may have helped me.

 

I plan on keeping the magnums for this upcoming season for groomer days, but I was thinking of trying and buying some demo skis that may help me progress into a more complete skier. Any help on what may suit me best would greatly be appreciated. I think something over 85mm and maybe 178mm would be ideal?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8

Yes, those skis aren't doing you any favors when the snow gets deep.  Yes, they will work, but making them work requires a very competent pilot.

 

If you are really after something for deep snow days, then you need to think way beyond mid-80mm-waisted skis.  You're not going to see an appreciable difference in a skis flotation in deep snow until you're up around the 100mm waist-width.  Long and wide is your friend.

 

I'm basically your size.  My "groomer skis" are of similar dimensions to your Blizzards...  my powder skis are 185cm long and 99mm underfoot.  DPS Wailer 99's, although there are tons of choices in this department.  And to many, those are skinny when it comes to powder.

 

Powder skis have pretty "interesting" designs these days with all the variations possible with rocker, camber, sidecut, etc.  They ski very differently from each other though; It's largely about matching skier aggressiveness and skill with a ski that corresponds to those needs.  i.e., skis that are made for straightlining chutes and going fast in big open bowls aren't going to be very enjoyable dancing through power bumps or through trees.  And vice-versa.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

So for my case, would you recommend switching to an all mountain type ski that allows me to enjoy groomers and heavy days or stick with the groomer ski and get a second ski  for powder days?

post #4 of 8

Buy a 2nd pair of Deeper Day skis.  Check in with Phil at Starthaus and see if he has any Nordica Vagabonds in a 177's left, as that is a great ski for the $349 price.

post #5 of 8
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Buy a 2nd pair of Deeper Day skis.  Check in with Phil at Starthaus and see if he has any Nordica Vagabonds in a 177's left, as that is a great ski for the $349 price.

How do the Blizzard Scouts stack up against the Vagabonds? Similar profile, similar attitude on the mountain?

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post #7 of 8
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Just seeking other opinions. Been using google search since 1998 :)

post #8 of 8

Snowbasin Ski Team Ski Swap in Farmington this weekend. http://snowbasinskiswap.com/

 

Or, check out High Society Skis FX model.  Made in Aspen.

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