Originally Posted by ShopGimp
That ski won't be horrible on hardback? Right. I'm not trying to sound like an arrogant know-it-all prick here, but the OP has made a classic mistake. He purchased a pair of skis based on the conditions that he daydreams about. We all daydream about charging and slashing through 3' of blower, but the cold reality is that groomers happen. A lesser known fact is that those of us that remember the 90mm waisted Pocket Rocket felt like all mountain heroes--fresh corduroy, or day dream manifested. The waist width dimension for a ski varies with one's geographic haunt. Hanging your hat in VT 90mm-100mm will get the job done. If you ski in PNW 98-107…108 if you just have to have that Line Bacon. Anything north or south of this forces too much of a performance compromise on the condition spectrum. I see it every day I'm on this hill; the guy on the powder plank trying to buy a turn on the buffed out groom……………………………………………………………….but I also see the old curmudgeon who swears by the all mountain, all condition prowess of his K2 Recons riding stiff legged in the back seat struggling to keep his tips up.
Buy what you will….but save a little in the summer and buy an extra ski. You'll be happier in the long run.
The same could've been said for me buying the Head RnR as a OSQ, compared to the direction I came from in the past.
Years ago, I skied everywhere on whatever was on my feet on race day, whether it was a 207 Rossi or Atomic race stock SL or Volkl P9 SL, a 213 Kastle or Fischer Super G, or 223 DH boards. I've skied on plenty of silly choices for all-mountain terrain and conditions, and had a ball anyway. Then, I sold all my racing skis and started traveling and just renting high perf demo's; I was completely baffled and tickled by the versatility and ease of the Volant Chubbs, Salomon Screams, then the XScreams. Completely mind-blowing how fun, fast, easy and capable the wider skis were---and I ventured off piste more often than ever, and enjoyed deep and ungroomed snow conditions at a level I'd never experienced on racing skis. Then I bought a pair of Rossi Z9's to ride for a couple years, and those were fun, but just still a little too GS-ski-like for my new adventurous self. Sold 'em, got back to demo'ing, and BOOM. By chance tried the fat, funny-looking Head RnR's, mind blown again. Impossible that a ski could be that versatile, and that superb in so many situations. And I even ripped a few race courses just for old time's sake, and although they weren't made for it, they were excellent.
I'm continuing to experiment with skis, and with my skiing, and it's all growing and fun for me. I'm not afraid to try a fat ski, rather I'm curious and very excited.
Will I encounter hard snow conditions? You bet. Will I seek out powder and off-trail snow much of the time? Absolutely. Will I adapt to a new and different ski and have a ball as usual? No doubt about it.
Part of having a one-ski-quiver, for me, has been learning to adapt my skiing to enjoy whatever the conditions are on that particular day. I like putting the onus on me to adapt technique and my approach, and keeping things simple with my gear. I used to have 6 pairs of skis at a time, and skiing was complex. Now it's simple, and I have a greater sense of freedom and adventurousness. Combined with my diligent pursuit of competitive sports and fitness off the hill, my skiing just keeps getting better and more rewarding. I'll continue to keep it simple, and that means one pair of skis. Will the Opus be excellent everywhere? No, there will be some compromises for sure. But I'll adapt, just as I did on racing skis, but the adaptation won't be as severe, and nobody's measuring my time or performance, so the penalty for imperfection is nonexistent. Outlook is very positive.
I do appreciate your thoughts, and you're right, the perfect scenario is to have skis best suited for different conditions. But I'm not going for perfection anymore.
Edited by Super D - 11/14/14 at 9:33am