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Bump/all mountain ski [Colorado]

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am 175 lb, 6'4" skier out in Colorado. I currently ski K2 PEs 185 (they are 7 years old) when the snow sucks and DPS Wailer 112s when the snow is good. Planning to start getting into the back country and am going to put an AT binding on my DPS'. I now need a new ski for when there is no fresh snow. I am an advanced/expert skier and really enjoy moguls. I strive to be a zipper line skier and will likely spend most of my days skiing moguls when the snow is not good. At the same time my friends don't like to ski bumps all day (I know I could get new friends) but would like a ski that can handle the rest of the mountain (again, if snow is good- even a few inches of fresh snow, I will likely ski my DPS'). 

I am assuming something pretty mogul specific (Volkl Wall Mogul) won't be much fun on anything but moguls. Scott The Ski are a bit more than I would like to spend. Another I have seen mentioned is the Blizzard Bushwacker. 

Although my friends think I shoulder be on something over 100 underfoot for skiing out west, I disagree and think something between 80-95 underfoot is more than enough (I have the DPS for the deep days). 

 

Thanks in advance for any advice. 

post #2 of 16
I agree with your width thoughts for colorado. I sound like a broken record, but the mister 88 is my favorite in the class and what I'm getting. Almost as good IS. the brahma. JMHO
post #3 of 16
@drewski1313

I have a brand new pair of last seasons Scott "the ski" in 185 that I am selling. I would do 400 shipped USA. Let me know if you are interested.

they are 93 underfoot which falls right into that sweet spot. I bought them on the 4th of July for $400 and realized I just had too many skis (go figure:D)
Edited by Finndog - 11/3/15 at 6:52am
post #4 of 16
^^^
Those would work.

Where will you do most of your skiing?
Generally narrower the closer to Denver.
post #5 of 16

Scott the Ski was the first that popped into my head when reading. Please take @Finndog  up on his offer to save me from myself.

 

I'd also look at the Nordica NRGY90. Its MSRP is only $499 and you may be able to find last years on decent discount at this time. Soft enough for the bumps, burly enough for all mountain, small enough for having fun on groomers. 

post #6 of 16

If you like the PE, jump on it's modern evolution: Shreditor 92...especially if Bumping is high on your list.  Possibly the most underrated ski out there.  can be found for under 500.00 (and last year's well under 500.00 for the same ski!)

 

Also, if you can find  it, the Dynastar Distorter.  Again, silly good bump ski and fun in a lot of places...another more modern version of the PE.

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

thanks for the replies. Finndog, I will def consider buying your Scotts off you. I have the epic pass. Mainly skiing a-basin and breck because I have friends who live in Breck but will go where the snow seems best. I will also get about 3-7 days in Telluride each year. 

 

The brahma was another ski I have looked at. Reviews seem to vary from a fun bump ski to a ski that makes more GS turns depending on where I look. 

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by drewski1313 View Post

 

 

The brahma was another ski I have looked at. Reviews seem to vary from a fun bump ski to a ski that makes more GS turns depending on where I look. 

 

Demo if you can.  People have very different preferences when it come to skis, especially in the bumps.   Some like the Brahma and others like the softer Bushwacker, for example.  Usually, a longer turn radius is actually better in the bumps as the shorter radius skis can feel catchy.  Again, it's a lot comes down to personal preference, style and aggressiveness.   There are lots of good choices around 90mm.  Have a look at this thread and demo as many as you can... or just by one and learn to love it:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/127755/return-of-the-crazy-88s-2015-version

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice. Leaning towards the Brahmas. Thinking the 187cm. I am 6'4, 175 lbs. my K2 PEs were 185 cm and my DPS wailer 112s are 184 cm
post #10 of 16

I would think that 88mm underfoot is a sweet spot for bump and all-mountain performance in CO.  Skis that are especially good in bumps:

 

Rossi EXP 88

Head Monster 88

Stockli SR88

Stockli Scale Delta

Fischer Motive 95

 

Likely missing a few, but those are some good ones I really like

post #11 of 16

I second the Motive 95... Or the 86...

post #12 of 16
Just a thought, some people don't like skis with metal in bumps. Some skis with metal bend from the bashing. YMMV
post #13 of 16
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Just a thought, some people don't like skis with metal in bumps. Some skis with metal bend from the bashing. YMMV

Can happen but it is really rare... I think I read somewhere in another thread that it was even more rare now since the quality of the ski improved a lot... All I can say is that after a season or two, when you  stick your skis together, you may notice that the camber will be reduced and possibly even that it will be somewhat transformed ... With my Speed Course, I noticed that my skis were now with a shallow tip rocker and even a shallower tail rocker ... Moreover, on the front of the ski when they were squeeze together, I could see like a wave in my skis, they do not touch each other  all along ...

 Did it affect the longevity of the skis? I guess so since I also had a new pair and I could feel the difference when skiing them back to back... I had more fun carving with the new ones but everything else was easier with the old ones... And I'm guessing that we could say the same for all of the skis, even no metal skis that will also loose there snap and camber over time...

The fact that I weight over 200 pounds must also be a factor... I should go on a diet for the sake of my skis!;)

post #14 of 16

Salomon Q-90 is a sweet all-mountain bump ski. No metal and very light, but surprisingly stable and fun carver on groomers too.  Also very affordable.

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

thanks for the advice. Salomon Q90 is the one I am now likely going to get, didn't have Brahmas in my size and I think the metal may be a downside for me in bumps. 

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by drewski1313 View Post
 

thanks for the advice. Salomon Q90 is the one I am now likely going to get, didn't have Brahmas in my size and I think the metal may be a downside for me in bumps. 

 

Sounds like you realize they would be two completely different animals.  The Q-90s are not hard chargers and won't have the high speed stability of the Brahmas, but should be much quicker, agile, and better in the bumps. That said, they do a surprisingly good job of carving at moderate speeds and can handle just about anything on a mountain.  Just a really fun ski!

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