Hoping you can help. I'm looking for a new go-anywhere ski.
I'm 5'11" and weigh 170 (or 77kg). I ski in Australia (which is like skiing in eastern USA) and I'm a very good skier. I'm 41 and I've been skiing since I was 12.
I like pretty much everything. LOVE going flat stick on the groomers. I'm always trying to lay trenches even when its been totally cut up. But I also love getting off the carpet and into the chopped-up stuff, into the trees, and LOVE the powder when ever we get lucky enough to have some.
I like medium/long radius turns, nothing short. I don't ride park or pipe, and I ski moguls rarely these days.
I've owned a bunch of skis. Here are a few of the better ones but they go back a LONG way:
- Dynastar 4X4 ATV's
- Dynastar 4X4 Powertracks
- Dynastar 4X4 Course (this was the only ski I've owned that I didn't get the maximum out of, at least without a lot of effort).
Now I'm in the market for some new all-mountain/freeride planks.
I ski tested last year. The Dynastar's were no chop, not for me anymore. Broadly speaking, too soft/easy and not solid enough on edge or at speed. The Volkl's were great. Rode Mantra's, Kendo's and Bridge's. Really liked them all actually, different but all good skis. The Mantra's were unkind when not paying attention or getting in the back seat, but only had a couple of runs on them, and went hard. Unfortunately Blizzard did not get involved in the demo days so I've not ridden any of their lot.
Given my weight (I'm not a big guy) what do you think I should be looking at? I will get back to the tests in July this year but Blizzard won't be there again.
What do you reckon...? I only ever ride one set of skis. I like to know everything my ride is capable of, and I don't swap often.