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DPS Wailer Alternative

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I own a pair of Volkl Kendos that probably aren't the right ski for me, even though I have no specific complaints with the skis themselves.

 

So, during my few days of skiing each year, if there's a decent amount of fresh snow -- I typically grab a pair of rentals. My go-to powder skis the last few years have been DPS Wailer 112s (in a 190). They're just fun.

 

But, DPS skis are not always easy to find, especially in CO.

 

So, if I run into the same situation this year -- I was hoping someone might have some suggestions on alternatives that share some characteristics/personality with the Wailers that I might also enjoy.

 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

post #2 of 9

Wailers are a nice ski (I have a pair of 105 Pure), but I don't think, given the current snow situation or outlook that you will be needing anything other than a groomer ski.  

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What about the storm that's current predicted to dump 1-2 feet on CO this weekend? Well, everywhere in CO except where I'm headed, that is (Steamboat).

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The Rossignol '7' group of skis are similar in design. The 'Super 7' is slightly wider at 116mm under foot, the 'Soul 7' is slightly narrower at 106mm under foot. Armada also makes some skis that I would place in a similar category... but not as similar as Rossi.

 

There are some small builders that build some really similar skis as well, but Rossignol is a much more likely brand to find for demo.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
 

The Rossignol '7' group of skis are similar in design. The 'Super 7' is slightly wider at 116mm under foot, the 'Soul 7' is slightly narrower at 106mm under foot. Armada also makes some skis that I would place in a similar category... but not as similar as Rossi.

 

There are some small builders that build some really similar skis as well, but Rossignol is a much more likely brand to find for demo.

 

Thanks. I've had the Praxis Rx recommended as well. Will look through Armada's lineup to see what options might be available there. 

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Originally Posted by greenlander View Post
 

What about the storm that's current predicted to dump 1-2 feet on CO this weekend? Well, everywhere in CO except where I'm headed, that is (Steamboat).

 

Uhhh, I don't see any forecast that says it's going to dump 1-2ft everywhere in CO except for Steamboat.  Sure we might get skunked because that's the way weather works, but I don't read anything that makes it sound like we'll be stuck in some snowless donut hole.  This seems like a promising forecast if you ask me...

http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado/post/3541

 

And by the way, Ski Haus carries DPS demos, so check them out.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by tam View Post
 

 

Uhhh, I don't see any forecast that says it's going to dump 1-2ft everywhere in CO except for Steamboat.  Sure we might get skunked because that's the way weather works, but I don't read anything that makes it sound like we'll be stuck in some snowless donut hole.  This seems like a promising forecast if you ask me...

http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado/post/3541

 

And by the way, Ski Haus carries DPS demos, so check them out.

Agreed. There was one period yesterday where they had the setup blowing through Steamboat and leaving only 4-5" behind while it was expected to sit over Aspen, Vail, the San Juans, etc a bit longer and dump 1-2 feet on those folks. They seem to be backing off this, though they're still predicting slightly more conservative totals for Steamboat than some of the resorts further south/west.

 

Looks good to me now, as well.

 

Now I just have to hope we can get into Denver Saturday morning and make the drive up.

 

And yep, found ski haus and will probably setup a Wailer RP or RPC demo ... or try something new.

 

Any Praxis shops in Steamboat that you know of?

post #8 of 9
Not clear if you are asking about rentals or skis to buy. For rentals, agree with Whuteroom. Rossi Super or Soul 7's. For purchase, those also work but you could also think about the Nordica Patron, Atomic Automatic 109, Line Supernatural 108. But if you like the DPS's so much why not get a pair? As far as how often you'll need them, not so much. Getting into close readings of whether some part of the region will get 4" or 8" is not a good argument for running out to buy a powder ski, y'know.
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Not clear if you are asking about rentals or skis to buy. For rentals, agree with Whuteroom. Rossi Super or Soul 7's. For purchase, those also work but you could also think about the Nordica Patron, Atomic Automatic 109, Line Supernatural 108. But if you like the DPS's so much why not get a pair? As far as how often you'll need them, not so much. Getting into close readings of whether some part of the region will get 4" or 8" is not a good argument for running out to buy a powder ski, y'know.

 

I'm talking rentals.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions.

 

Regardless of whether there is 4" or 8" of fresh, I'd rather ski something other than my Kendos as I hope to spend as much time in the trees/off piste as possible. It's obviously not that the Kendos can't handle fresh snow or off piste conditions, it's just that I handle that stuff better with a different ski. Those just aren't the right ski for me. Need to sell them.

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