I am new to these forums and would greatly appreciate some help in buying an All-Mountain ski – a quest I have struggled with for years now. First, please forgive me in I commit any forum faux pas. Hopefully this post provides sufficient information and is in the right place.
- 5’7 ½ 175 lbs
- I ski almost exclusively in Telluride for about 7-14 days per year.
- My breakdown for skiing is as follows: 30% Trees, 30% railing SL turns on blue groomers, 30% moguls, 10% mixed/powder
I guess my struggle is that I am looking for a mythical ski. I am looking for a full camber ski (I can stomach a rockered tip) with a short turn radius, but soft and forgiving enough to handle bumps/trees, which I do a majority of the time.
I get incredible joy doing slalom turns as aggressively as possible, although I avoid aggressive race turns on steeper groomed pitches after several injuries over the years. For this reason, stability is less a necessity at high speeds because I am not going to be doing high-speed GS turns on groomed blacks or double blacks. I generally avoid that pitch unless it has bumps or powder on it.
To summarize, I suppose these are the limits of what I am looking for:
full camber or tip rocker;
164-167 cm (up to 173cm with tip rocker)
For the past 7 or so years I have simply taken my punishingly stiff 2007 165 Nordica Dobermann WC SLR onto everything. Foot of powder, trees, bumps. But my legs hurt and I don’t think I am enough of the athlete I once was to slog those concrete blocks along.
Last two years I demoed the Volkl RTM 84 and developed a like-hate relationship with them. They were great in mixed conditions and solid in the bumps and trees, but the tail rocker was very noticeable to me and the sidecut obviously poor for my liking (although something I can come to terms with). They pretty much killed my enjoyment on groomers – just not the “pop” I was used to.
If it helps with establishing a baseline, in my life I have only loved one All-Mountain ski – the 2006 Fischer RX6. Well, I think it was the RX6. I demoed it during 2006-2008 and it was green or orange (my memory is terrible). I don’t know if anyone remembers that ski, but I loved it. Energetic ski with short-turn radius - was super fun on less steep groomers. Was very soft and forgiving in the trees and moguls. Had poor stability at high speeds, but that didn’t really affect what I was doing.
The way I see it I have two routes to go down. One is to look towards a full or almost full camber ski like the Kastle RX83 or Laser AX. They don’t have the turn radius I want, but at least they can hold a edge and both seem quite versatile and can handle the trees and moguls.
The other route is to get a more dedicated frontside carver with less underfoot and more sidecut. Don’t know much about skis in this class, but Nordica Firearrow and some of the Head Super whatever line come to mind. Probably won’t be as good in the moguls as the former two skis though, but the shorter turn radius is nice.
Anyway, help me out here. Is there a ski I am missing? Which route/ski seems best for what I am looking for? I would GREATLY appreciate help, as I have struggled with this problem for a while and simply don’t have the time to thoroughly research and test skis. Finally, sorry for the length of my post. Cheers.