I demoed the SC the other night and was extremely impressed…as in it was my favorite carver I have ever been on impressed. I’m a bit of a strange bird at 5’ 5” and 160 lbs with particularly short legs. I’m athletic and prefer robust skis with 2 sheets of metal but can struggle to generate the necessary leverage to drive tips on longer stiff skis due to my short legs. I seem to prefer low 170’s for an all mountain ski that has a bit of early rise and like stout low-mid 160s for fully cambered carvers. I had never been on a Stockli and demoed the SC in 170 thinking that at 5 cm over my head, pretty much fully cambered, and with that vaunted Stockli pedigree, it would be a bit too much ski for me…I could not have been more mistaken. What first struck me was how supple the tips and shovel were relative to many of the skis I am used to. My impression was a nuanced, relatively easy going ski, with a huge sweet spot, but also insane amounts of edge grip, stability, and power to kick you out of the turn. They were happy with pretty much any turn shape, super smooth, super stable, and they killed it in the bumps…I was shocked how much I liked these skis in the bumps. I’m in Western NY and conditions were pretty demanding as we were in the freeze portion of a thaw freeze cycle. Basically lot’s of scraped off compacted manmade ice (i.e real east coast ice) with piles of sugar and leftover frozen bumps. I generally don’t have the chops to consistently hold a carved edge on east coast boiler plate. Even on a freshly tuned slalom ski it is a chore, the SC did as good a job as any ski I have ever been on in this department. On anything resembling actual snow they were thrilling. As the evening wore on it started dumping hard and we received maybe 2 or 3 inches of fresh over top. SC had no problems handling this amount of fresh. Not grabby at all and the tails were always happy to smear if that is what you asked of them. I will say however, that I brought my 170 Latigos that night and when I switched back to them after the demo I was reminded why I love them in those types of conditions. While the SC is an extremely versatile carver, it is still a piste ski in my book, while the Blizzy flipcores always seem to me to be designed for off piste first and foremost.
My only question is whether a 163 or a 170 in the SC would be the one for me. 170 would be a no brainer for a groomer ski out west but as a carver here in the east I’m thinking 163 might be it. Alas, the demo shop had the SC in 177, 170, and 156 but no 163…I tried the 156 for one run and they felt like snow blades. I had my eye on a pair of new 2015 163’s on eBay last week for 650.00. I came home from the demo Sunday night ready to pull the trigger and they had sold the day before…you win some you loose some.
On a side note, since we had gotten some fresh snow, I also demoed the AX in 167 and the SR88 in 168 I think. My impression of those skis were that they were fine skis. Both skis might have been a tad short for me but they were refined, smooth, and powerful carvers. They almost felt too subdued or relaxed though, not enough sizzle or pop. They liked to be driven from the tips with more of an old school vibe but were not as precise as the SC’s. To be fair though, I only skied the 88 for one run as it seemed to have a funky tune and I really wanted to get back on the SC.
Edited by DMAS - 1/20/16 at 6:27pm