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I (M, 5'7", 120lbs. Adv.) am going to Abasin, Keysotne, and Breckenridge for a total of 7 days skiing. Most of my days will be at Abasin, with 2 at Breck and night skiing at Keystone. I have been presented with a choice of which ski I can use for all of my skiing on this trip. The contestants are: k2 AMP series (No rictor, charger, velocity), the Volkl RTM series (No V-WERKS) , or "similar" which probably refers to other popular all mountain skis. I am a Blue and Black skier, I plan to try some of the easier parts on the east wall at Arapahoe, and mainly want to stay in medium to deep snow (2"+ standing). I would consider myself a fairly aggressive skier, but I don't want a ski that is so stiff it fights me. I also don't want something that seems saggy or mushy. Based on what I have been reading, I need something around 80+ mm at the waist. I would consider myself to be in very good physical condition, but the altitude might slow me down a bit. The skiing I will be doing will involve moderate to high speed, bumps, and hard edging. I don't mind if it can't carve a groomer as well as another as long as it can be awesome in the conditions described above. Please only suggest others besides the Volkl and K2's if they are clearly a better option. Keep in mind that I do not want powder skis and still need pretty good on-piste capabilities. What ski is for me? Also, if you have any suggestions for skiing at super-high altitudes, that would help a lot. Thanks, Chris

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These skis are different enough to have a good idea of what you will prefer.

How do you feel about camber?

Do you like a pop from the ski to aggressively change edges?

Do you like to straightline fast?

Go for the K2

Do you like to crossover and keep those edges engaged in constant arc to arc patterns?

Do you want a damp ski that is only squirrely when going straight?

The RTM is more suited to your preference.

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 These skis are different enough to have a good idea of what you will prefer.

How do you feel about camber?

Do you like a pop from the ski to aggressively change edges?

Do you like to straightline fast?

Go for the K2

Do you like to crossover and keep those edges engaged in constant arc to arc patterns?

Do you want a damp ski that is only squirrely when going straight?

The RTM is more suited to your preference

I think having camber is good, especially combined with tip/tail rocker, but as long as the ski performs I don't mind if it has it or not.

I am going to ski the blacks and steeps with quick turns because hey are narrow, so I will most likely be "throwing" them from side to side with a small pop from the legs.

I will need to have a ski that handles speed well going straight and enjoy speed at the end of a run propelling me all the way to the lift line, but I won't need to be going very fast.

I like to keep them edged more than others, I like to be able to have an aggressive transfer of edges rather then slowly rounding them out to the front and then turning again.

I want the ski to be smooth and controlled, confident in the turns, and don't plan on holding it straight downhill for much at a time.

 

So far it seems like the RTM is better suited for me. Would you say that the 84, 81, or 80 would give me better float while still maintaining a strong edge?

 

If I go with the K2's, will the models without the "ti" (titanium) still give me that pop out of the turn?

 

Which of the 2 provides a lighter, snappier feel that will allow me to take control of the ski and throw it into the next turn?

 

Is the Volkl more suited to wide, gliding, connected turns?

 

Will the K2 be squirrely in the turns and better for straight speed?

 

Which will be easier to initiate a turn on?

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The RTM84 would be a good choice. New skis like to be on edge, if you think they are moving around to much when running flat, put them edge, that's where they are happy. Learn to make railroad tracks on the flats, take a lesson if you need to.

 

Boots are important too.

 

Really any of the high end skis well be fine, if you only ski a few day's a season, you may not be able to tell the differences between a Volkl and K2.

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