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Dynastar Cham 97 ski's for east coast skiing [returning after 7 years]

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Good Morning .  I was wondering what the members thoughts where on Dynastar Cham 97 skis being used primarily in Pa and VT? I was looking for a good all mountain ski,    I will be skiing some moguls but not all day like back in the day, mostly groomers and some rare Pa powder.  I'm 45,  an expert skier, competed in moguls for many years back in the 90's, I've skied all kinds of conditions around the US and Canada but sustained several  injuries riding motocross which kept me off the mountain for 7 yrs. Last year I had my C7 disc replaced which got me back on the sticks once again. I skied 12 times last year and found my skill level bounced big pretty rapidly so I figured I would purchase a new set of skis, new school style all mountain. I was going to purchase the Volkl RTM 81 but found the Dynastar deal which was $200.00 cheaper so I bought them based on reviews but when they arrived I got a shock. They look like pure powder boards not all mountain skis and I'm worried they will not perform on a daily basis on Pa boiler plate.  Any feedback would be appreciated.

Scott

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They're *not* pure powder boards - they're surprisingly good on PA hardpack given room and a skier who knows how to activate the front of the ski.   Given that sort of skier, they can even be darty enough to cope with the human slalom of southern PA.   They're reasonably OK in dust on crust, absolutely wonderful in slush and a total hoot in VT dumps and post-dump crud.   PA also gets a weird manmade snow texture of highly-aerated-styrofoam that acts more like kinetic sand than snow has any right to do.    The 97s are superb in that.

 

BUT - they ski absolutely nothing like an RTM 81, they are not at all fun on refrozen slush or coral reef, and taking them into big bumps or tight bumps is *shrug* you could get away with it I suppose but there are so many better choices, including some 90+ waisted skis. 

 

I take it the place you found the Dynastar deal does not have any 87s.

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The 87's were not on my radar so I'm not sure. I take it these are not the skis for me based on your comment? What are your thoughts on the  RTM 81? I skied the RTM 80 at Killington last year and loved them I was hoping the Dynastars would be a fit for me.

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The 87's were not on my radar so I'm not sure. I take it these are not the skis for me based on your comment?

 

 

Well, if you were to own just one pair of skis you'd be praising these one day and cursing them a week later, only to praise them again.      

As you're not even considering owning more than one pair of skis, the known quantity is your better bet.   

If I didn't have 3 pairs of skis in that size segment I'd probably grab them for me as a spring slush go-to ski.

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While the Chams are not a dedicated powder ski, they are definitely a soft snow ski.  I wouldn't even consider them for PA, except maybe on the rare day you get freshies.  Same would go for VT, but you get more fresh snow days there so I'd consider the Cham as a useful second ski, but not as a daily driver.

 

The RTM series is more aimed at your locations as a one-ski quiver.  But as with all Volkls they're not for everyone.

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I agree with the comments made regarding the Cham 97 not being the best choice for the typical conditions that the OP indicates he will be skiing most often. That being said, I have a pair of Cham 107 and have skied them on groomers out west and was surprised how well they skied on groomed snow.

I think you will be delightfully surprised how well these skis will ski outside of the conditions they were designed for. Hopefully you will get lucky and get to ski them in some powder too!
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