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Is it crazy to bring my Kastle MX 83's to Jackson hole?

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We are Eastern skiers that have been out West many times.We are heading to Jackson hole for our first time. Our trip is scheduled for early January. Should I bring my MX83's or is it better to rent something wider at the mountain?

I was actually considering doing both but the extra bag charge on the airlines would probably pay for rentals at the mountain.

My bigger concern would be the potential state of tune of rentals or demos. I know that my skis are in a great state of tune.I would hate to jeopardize a special trip like this with a pair of demo skis in a poor state of tune.

Any recommended ski shops would be greatly appreciated. We are staying in Teton Village.

I just figured I would ask all of the Jackson hole regulars on the forum. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 7

Bring them, you have just as good of a chance to have a groomer day there and IMHO there are few hard snow skis that I would rather ski Jackson with than the MX83. As far as demoing, go see "Gov" or @supergaper (even PM here on Epic ahead of time) at Pepe Steiglers for demos, they are a Kastle dealer and F.O.E. (Friends Of Epicski) and should be able to help you out. 

post #3 of 7

So many ways to answer this.  Of course your MX83s would be a blast at JH.  It doesn't snow every day there, though that might happen when you're there.  And be ready to rent something bigger if it does snow.

 

But this time of year, it also makes sense to simply rent, and choose the right ski for the right day.  It's even easy to switch during the day.

 

If you like to poke around off-piste, this is/can be a rocky time of year there, so I'd probably go the rental route, with the best insurance available.

 

JH Sports, Wildernest, Teton Village Sports, Pepi's.  All good.  One of those, probably JH Sports, allows you to swap out skis at the top of the gondola which can be darn handy.

 

Hopefully @Bob Peters will chime in too, probably after a great morning on the slopes (lucky bastid!). :) 

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One of those ... allows you to swap out skis at the top of the gondola which can be darn handy.

 

I think someone (TPJ, maybe) said they had been pushed out of that space this year.  Too bad, because it was a great idea for easy comparisons.

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So many ways to answer this.  Of course your MX83s would be a blast at JH.  It doesn't snow every day there, though that might happen when you're there.  And be ready to rent something bigger if it does snow.

 

But this time of year, it also makes sense to simply rent, and choose the right ski for the right day.  It's even easy to switch during the day.

 

If you like to poke around off-piste, this is/can be a rocky time of year there, so I'd probably go the rental route, with the best insurance available.

 

JH Sports, Wildernest, Teton Village Sports, Pepi's.  All good.  One of those, probably JH Sports, allows you to swap out skis at the top of the gondola which can be darn handy.

 

Hopefully @Bob Peters will chime in too, probably after a great morning on the slopes (lucky bastid!). :) 


Yes, thank you, I really DID have a great morning on the slopes.  We got a little shot - like 3" - of snow but it did help soften things up a bit.  Coverage is still excellent-plus, particularly if you factor in the time of the season.  The skiing is extremely good on the groomers, not all that bad off the groomers if you have a sense of humor.

 

As to demo/rentals - it is true that the demo operation at the top of the gondola is gone.  It's now going to be a "grab-n-go" food and beverage operation.  That's too bad for people who liked to do on-hill demos for short periods, but in all honesty not very many people took advantage of it so the ski corp decided it could use the space in a better way.

 

Wildernest is also gone.  That old building is being replaced by a super-uber-one-tenth-of-one-percent condo and private club.  No rentals.

 

Teton Village Sports, Jackson Hole Sports, Pepi's Sports, and Jack Dennis Sports (ground floor of the Alpenhof) are the places for demos or rentals at the Village.

 

As to the MX83's, my proclivity for narrow skis - yes, Virginia, even at Jackson Hole - is well known.  If I owned a pair of those excellent skis, I'd take them everywhere I went skiing (except CMH, I suppose).  We have enough cover right now that I'm skiing non-rock skis all over the mountain.  Ideally, the cover should be even better when the OP arrives.

 

Have fun.

 

One last thing.  As to the quality of ski tunes for demos or rentals, if you arrange for your skis the afternoon before you pick them up, you can ask - nicely - to have them touched up a bit before you pick them up the next morning.  Most of the shop folks appreciate someone who likes a well-tuned ski and they'll try to make sure the ski can make its best impression.

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Wildernest is also gone.  That old building is being replaced by a super-uber-one-tenth-of-one-percent condo and private club.  No rentals.

 

As to the MX83's, my proclivity for narrow skis - yes, Virginia, even at Jackson Hole - is well known. 

That's a little sad.  I just assumed the new construction would include a new Wildernest Sports.  Things change, I guess.

 

I'm with you on narrow skis, just a little reluctant to mention it these days.  My go-to ski at Jackson has an 80 mm waist, and I have more fun on that all over the mountain than anything wider, unless there is significant new snow, and/or a couple of days in a row of 3 inch night-time refreshers.

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That's why I love these forums! Thank you all for your responses. There is nothing more helpful than local knowledge!
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