I have been given good and accurate advice here on Epic before and have purchased 2 of the recommended skis a few years ago and they worked out great but I am thinking it may be time to upgrade and consolidate a couple of my quiver skis into a 2 ski quiver.
One of 2 I may keep would probably be my Dynastar Slicer as a front side/bump ski which seems to fill that part nicely for me, which you guys also recommended a few years ago, thanks. I also have a Volkl non rocker Bridge for my rock skis.
I have read a lot of various reviews on many sites and have a rough idea of what I should be looking at but thought perhaps I could get some advice from the experts at Epic and it’s readers to assist my decision and narrow down to maybe 2 or 3 and then possibly demo.
I am looking to find a ski that embraces the pros list I am giving and avoids the cons list. I do not bomb down open terrain at 50mph but the stability of the Huge gives confidence/security, and the flotation of the Gotama is IMO far better than the non rockered Huge, but not as fun and easy to maneuver outside of fresh pow.
I am male 60yrs old, advanced skier (level 8), 5’5” 165lbs. Ski Northern Colo resorts (added Crested this year also) Get 15-20 days in/year. Always looking for any fresh powder, pillows (get a couple 2-3’ days at Steamboat/Copper each yr) then trees and chutes/steeps but also open bowls when available, will drop cornices and smaller rocks (maybe up to 10’) but back is getting older…Will encounter and ski bumps when pow is tracked out.
Thanks for any advice. (I am also certain there are many other options I have not looked at but can get overwhelming)
What I have now: (besides my Dynastar Slicers for front side/bumps, not so deep pow, etc.)
6th Sense Huge (174)
Fun, quick, powerful confidence inspiring Crud buster, no rocker=slight tip dive, heavy
Pillow smasher, soft bump eater
Pivot quick and easy, powerful confidence inspiring, Stiff tip= hard to manage icy and large
Crud buster, great flotation from full rocker, light bumps in skied out trees. Not as fun outside of fresh.
Potential single ski replacements?
Salomon Rocker 122 size: 170/115 weight:2100
Atomic Bentchetler size: 178/120 weight:2015
Line Mr Pollards Opus size: 178/118 weight:2165
Nordica Patron size: 177/113 weight:2332
Rossignol Super7 size: 172/112 weight:1924
Blizzard Bodacious size: 176/118 weight:2450
Icelantic Keeper size:171/119 weight=1928
Moment Bibby Pro size:176 120 weight=2131