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Blizzard Bushwaker as my narrow ski?

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I started a thread asking for help with a 2 ski quiver here: www.epicski.com/t/143003/help-with-two-ski-quiver. After doing a bunch of online research it looks like the Bushwaker would be the perfect ski. Plus, it looks like I can get it for just under $400 in 173cm which I think is the right size for me. I could ski 180cm but I think I'll like the greater maneuverability with the shorter ski. Compared to the Brahma, it seems like the trade off for a lower speed limit, decreased performance on really firm snow and less crud busting ability is better low speed manners, better in the moguls/trees and more forgiving. I'll keep my Fischer Progressor 8+ for the days I want to really to carve it up. I can put a Marker Squire Schizo binding on it for ~$150 and my 14yo can ski it too. Overall, the whole set up should come in right under $600 when it's all said and done with. Sounds about perfect. Anything else I should be considering?

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I love my BWs.  Even with the wood core they stand up to the firm Vermont snow I encounter, and have worked just  fine cat skiing and powder hunting out west. Very versatile. I have the 173s with the Griffons, and am (5'9") about 145 pounds. They are plenty fast for me.

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I love my BWs.  Even with the wood core they stand up to the firm Vermont snow I encounter, and have worked just  fine cat skiing and powder hunting out west. Very versatile. I have the 173s with the Griffons, and am (5'9") about 145 pounds. They are plenty fast for me.

Thanks lonepine. How do you like them in the bumps and trees? Since I'm going to be skiing a lot with my younger kids I'm going to be skiing relatively slowly. How do they behave at slow speeds?
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Prosper,

 

They are fine in the bumps, which I ski slowly anyway. Same with trees. I love to make short radius turns on all terrain, and these skis respond without issue. And when I want to open them up with big GS turns on an empty trail they are a blast. Really quite versatile. 

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IMO, Bushwackers are a superior bump and tree ski, versatile, handle moderately firm well at your size. They have a speed limit on rough or cruddy snow, and they're not ice skates. Nor are they wide enough to rule fresh snow. Keep in mind their name; they're aimed at sidebounds, trees, weird terrain, exploring. Maybe with AT. If that's where you see yourself going, you'll like them a lot. 

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