Been thinking about adding a 80mm ski to my East Coast quiver as the final installment. A little fuzzy on how it fits and when to use it. I am a clyde (6'4", 245lbs) and an expert skier. I have a race background and ski everything on the mountain. Depends on the snow and the mountain, but I like to ski fast on groomers, enjoy double black moguls with good snow, and really like the glades and out of bounds. I currently own a Rossi Slant 9s slalom race ski in 175cm, a Blizzard GS race ski in 192 cm, a Ski Logik Ullr's Charriot (101mm) in 178cm, and a Ski Logik Depth Hoar (142mm) in 192 cm.
I have the race skis covered for hard snow and the wide (and wider) skis for soft snow. I really like the Chariots for corn snow and for deep snow in the trees. They are a wide slalom ski, fully cambered. I am missing an all mountain ski in the 80-90 mm range. I am considering a Kastle MX 83 and 88, a Brahma, and a Salomon X-drive 8.8. I would want their longest length 183-188 cm.
I tend to think hard snow -- use race ski soft snow ---- use Chariots. A dump of new snow --- get out the depth hoars. I skied Sugarloaf at the beginning of Feb and spent a couple of days in Bracket Basin. Lots of tracked and packed double black moguls in there with tight trees. Some fresh stashes if you are willing to ski between really tight trees. Skied it on my chariots, but the width was noticeable and doing hop turns a lot on them was getting old. I felt like something narrower, quicker, and longer would have been better. I almost wished for my slalom race skis, but they are a bit stiff. At the bottom of the trees was some flatter open area with some deep untracked snow, and the chariots were great there.
Wondering if something like the MX 83 in 183cm would be ideal for Bracket. That seems to be the quickest of the skis on my list. Also been considering the MX 88 as well in 188 cm. Those with similar quivers, when do you use your 80-90mm ski??
Edited by bttocs - 3/5/15 at 6:58pm