I just had a great time demoing skis at Northstar Tahoe yesterday. Was surprised to find, however, that I enjoyed the 'Frontside' RTM 84 more than the Volkl Kendo and the Blizzard Brahma. Yesterday was all about ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon. I was groomer and moguling my day away.
I was actually about 50-50 on the RTM/Kendo situation until I did moguls with the Kendo. Not sure if it was the ski or the fact that I was pretty tired by that Kendo mogul run, however. For me, the Brahma just felt less energetic. The RTM, on the flip side, just felt springy or poppy at the end of each turn (sorry, lacking ski vocab here) and just a ton of fun to carve any size curve that I could muster.
SO, I'm starting to think frontside ski, and maybe grab a powder ski later on. Hell, I don't even know how to ski powder (though I'd love to) and it's not like we're getting any in Tahoe anyway. I'd love to know what other skis I might like to demo now that I'm sort of resigned to ignoring those Crazy 88s (I'd still like to try a Dynastar Powdertrack 89...based on SJ's claims of it being a great Tahoe ski.)
Any 88 that I should maybe revisit before abandoning a 1 ski quiver?
Any other skis that give that sort of energetic feeling at the end of a turn?
What would the RTM 84 felt like in a longer size...the tallest I had was 176(177?)
215 lbs, 5'11". Skis Tahoe exclusively. Always been a Groomer guy, though recently discovering *and enjoying* the bumps. Took a lesson at Northstar, and the instructor called me a 7 on the Epicmix Academy/Vail scale from 1-9. I'd probably go off piste more if I had the right technique and gear, but it would really depend on who I was skiing with as much as anything else. Groomed black diamonds, no problem...but Kirkwood's Wall was a mistake. I don't mind speed if the run isn't crowded and the right ski is beneath me.
Oh, I have Lange RX 130 boots, like em, right foot is perfect, left may need some work to get just exactly perfect.
So talk to me...what to demo next?? I want to get up there and be armed and dangerous if/when shops start discounting this year's skis that are <90 in the waist.
(btw, if you have the option to demo multiple skis in a day, do it...it's a blast. especially as conditions change.)