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Ski to choose [in Québec to use for ski patrol]

post #1 of 6
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Hi, my informations are a bit incomplete so please be kind, I'll give as much as I know right now.

 

BTW : I'm French Canadian so sorry for my english.

 

 

I ski since 4yo so its been 19 years I ski every winter and I used to teach ski.
 

IMPORTANT : I'm going to be a Canadian Ski Patroller (I'm choosing my ski with this in mind)

 

So here's my choices:

 

1. Head Power Instinct Pro Ti for 590$ CAD (I think the fixation are included but i'm not sure) (Ski on sale in a store) (New)

2. Head Monster 83 with 2016 Attack Fixation for 360$ CAD (Ski on sale personaly by someone who works in a ski store) (New)

3. Elan Amphibio 16 ti with 2016 Attack Fixation around 400$ CAD (Ski on sale personaly by someone who works in a ski store) (New)

 

 

I need your opinions! And don't be shy to suggest me other ski than those but tell me wich one in the list you think is better :)

 

 

Regards.

 

 

Armix2664

post #2 of 6
If I was to get a ski for patrolling, I would get the monster out of those.
In general, I would look for a ski in the mid 80cm waist width, but I would look for a ski that is a twin tip or has early rise in the tail. The additional with is nice if you have yo take a toboggon into varible snow

If you have to run a tobaggon in steep terrain or moguls a twin tip is nice because it allows you to sideslip and ski backwards smoother while in the toboggan handles.

The downside to a ski without a flat tail is that it's hard to stick in the snow, which is valuable if you need to anchor your sled or block off the run uphill. Kick turns can be hard too.

Note that plenty of people patrol on traditional narrow flat kick skis, these are just my preference.
Edited by clink83 - 12/10/15 at 8:20pm
post #3 of 6
I wouldn't get a twin tip, since you'll you'll flinging spray at the poor people in th tobbagan. $400 for the elan is a great price. Since you'll be mostly on groomers, the elan would be a good bet.
post #4 of 6
Kicking up snow was never really an issue for me, and a lot of modern skis with tail rocker don't have enough of a kick to launch snow.
Realistically the ski doesn't matter much as long as it smoothy sideslips, and isn't grabby when run flat. You don't want to catch edges when skiing with a 45lb load in your hands
Edited by clink83 - 12/10/15 at 10:01pm
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M83

post #6 of 6

I don't ski patrol, but personally I would prefer more ski than you have listed. Of the three I would probably vote for the Elan. By more ski I mean the Salomon Xdrive 8.8, Blizzard Brahma, Kastle MX83 or 88. I think they would get a better grip on ice and really steep terrain. They are more of an expert level ski. There is a very good Elan out this year that is in the same class. DawgCatching reviewed it recenlty, I am not sure if it is the one you have on your list or not. If it is the one on your list, I would enthusiasticly vote for the Elan. Just like I will vote for Donald Trump. 

 

BTW, its been my experience that any misbehaving of a ski is almost entirely a tune issue, usually a base bevel issue. Dull edges are also a problem, but that is pretty obvious usually.

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