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Blizzard Latigo on the West Coast? What say ye who have skied them?

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I'm looking for something that is aggressive, fun, and can handle ice better than my current 104 underfoot R24m wrecking ball which I love but, some days I just want to dial it back a bit.

 

The LaTigo is an awesome Looking ski but I have no where to demo it.  So how will this ski stack up as a spring conditions ski?

Hard and icy in the am, heavy slush in the pm.  Provided it is not raining and the temps actually come down at night.  How hard can you charge the LaTigo?, at 1800grams listed weight it's seems a little on the light side for blowing up crud.

 

It's just so damn good looking!   Let the feedback fly...........

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I have a pair and ski in New Mexico. Great on groomers, bumps and skied out trees. I would not choose such a narrow ski for slush though.

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I skied the latigo last night on hardened slush on hard pack. Was mid forties all day but temps dropped to high 20s,So hill was skied all day and about the time I hit it was starting to freeze up. Honestly my teeth were getting rattled out of my head and my knees were killing me. So I made a trip to the locker and grabed my SR88s and things got much better.
Still not a great night but better for sure.
Really the only time I have not enjoyed the Latigo this season. I personally would not call it a boiler plate ski, more fun on soft to mid hard and quick in the bumps.
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I skied the latigo last night on hardened slush on hard pack. Was mid forties all day but temps dropped to high 20s,So hill was skied all day and about the time I hit it was starting to freeze up. Honestly my teeth were getting rattled out of my head and my knees were killing me. So I made a trip to the locker and grabed my SR88s and things got much better.
Still not a great night but better for sure.
Really the only time I have not enjoyed the Latigo this season. I personally would not call it a boiler plate ski, more fun on soft to mid hard and quick in the bumps.


I find my Bonafides also get super harsh on refrozen junk...as in bone rattling, filling loosening, knee wrenching harsh.  Might be because I'm on the lighter side, don't know.  What I do know is that once the snow softens up a bit I just love their snow feel. 

 

What is funny (and really amazing) is that I just realized after reading your post, that I haven't had my Latigos out all season in refrozen conditions, and I have been on them a lot.  That happens I guess when it virtually never goes above freezing where you ski for almost an entire season :-).  I haven't had them in slush either, I'll find out this weekend I suppose how they handle that.

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Shambingo, I was looking for a new front side ski and scored a good deal on the Latigos online.  I mostly ski on Mt Hood and we get a lot of freeze-thaw, dust-on-crust, and other forms of junky snow.  So far the Latigo has performed great on everything.  They have a bit of early rise in the shovel and get through and over manky snow with ease.  They seemingly have no speed limit, are quick edge to edge, fun on groomers, in the bumps and hold an edge extraordinarily well in firmer conditions (not ice, however, we don't ski ice out here).  I've even been very pleasantly surprised how fun and easy to ski they were in 3-5 inches of fresh snow.  Last weekend I skied them in spring conditions and they were equally fun in corn snow.  You could ski them in slush - with the right wax - I suppose, but I can't recommend that.

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