About me: I am 6' tall, weigh 136lb without gear, am 15 years old, and very athletic. My home Mountain is Snowbasin in Utah. I ski about 30 days a year. The budget is around $400 with bindings. I will be looking for older models and used/demo skis.
How I ski: On a powder day, I tend to find myself on gladed moderate pitched runs jumping off of every rock, dropoff, knuckle and small cliff i find. I also like a open run I can go a little faster on and attemt a faceshot. On a powder day, the park stays pretty much untouched by me and groomers are only transportation to the lift. The days after I can always find some chop and soft moguls. Like this.
What I want: I want a playful ski that is fun in the untouched yet wont crumple and fail on me when the going gets a bit rougher or when I get going faster. Im about 99% sure i want r/c/r but could be convinced to go full rocker. Groomer performance is not high on the priority list but i don't want to struggle down them. A light swing weight to help me get better at spins would be nice. Twin tip for some switch landings would be nice but I don't ski switch to much, especially on a powder day.
What I have tried:(I know not all of these are powder skis but these are all the skis I have demoed. None were demoed in powder:cool and most were tried for about an hour each.
181 cm Rossignol slat- Fun... don't know how else to describe it. Carved well, handled itself well in the firm bumps from the morning, was very poppy and energetic in the park, and was twin tipped for some switch riding. I imagine this ski would make a great all mountain skis for ANYONE. They impressed me out of the park as well as in it.
184 cm K2 marksmen- This is a new skis and the K2 rep told me it is the replacement to the shreditor 102 and 112. It is 106 underfoot and has a asymmetric sidecut. I don't have much experience with rocker skis but this ski just felt stable on an edge. I expected I would struggle to hold an edge but to my surprise, they held. Not as strong as a frontside ski but blew me away. I found a little bit of soft(ish) crud and they didn't blow it away but handled themselves well and made it fun. I have to imagine that these would be a blast on a powder day. I took them into the park and found that they jumped well and had a good swing weight.
177cm Volkl 90eight- This skis blew me away the most. I went to the Volkl stand and asked for either a shiro or gotama but apparently they discontinued both. The rep talked me into trying the 90eight. Just looking at it told me instantly this isn't what I wanted to be "wasting my time" on. However, I obliged and took them up. I instantly noted how carvy they were. I never found the speed limit. They carved flawlessly. They actually made groomers fun. I could blast gs or slalom and then blast over knuckles and fly 50 ft and the skis did it all. With 98 underfoot and a decent amount of tip rocker tells me they will still be decent in soft snow. If I wanted a skis for conditions when it hadn't snowed in a while, this would be it.
180 cm Rossignol Sin7- these were fun. nothing to show, just skied. They were just enjoyable. I was a little disappointed in their hardback ability but thats probably because I just got off the Volkl. I found a 200 foot stretch of lightly touched corn (took some hiking). Usually i have to be nervous on corn to ensure my tips don't dive and buck me off but this was not the case. These just planed over it. It was really fun and really easy.
Nordica nrgy 90- was looking for the soul rider but they didn't have it in. So I found myself on these just for giggles. They felt similar to the volkl's but were not as comftorable in slalom style turns but just as comftorable in gs. The slushy groomers had been completely roughed up by now so that probably hurt my impression of them. They were fun skis and the I know i could have fun on the nrgy 100 as a soft snow ski, but its just not for me.
Kf razyrblades- These a center mounted symmetrical park ski. After my enjoyment on the slats i thought these would be great as well. I was wrong. They were very unpredictable and just didn't feel right. However, their in air attributes were great and if your a park rat I'm sure these would be perfect. Im not a park rat though, just a freestyle skier.
188cm Rossignol Super 7- Fun ski. Widest ski I've ever tried and they felt a little slow edge to edge but that only really affected me in moguls. The big wide platform was very stable jumping. Once again I didn't have any powder to try the skis in but the little bit of heavily chopped corn I found was a lot of fun. Overall, I liked this ski. Would prefer a touch narrower but it didnt feel like to much ski. It just further convinced me that wide skis are not as crappy on anything other than powder as everyone makes them out to be.
182 Salamon Rocker2 108- First impressions when looking at the ski were mixed. The very low tip and tail rise looked odd and the dratoc tip taper also looked odd. The rocker lines were deep and the ski felt soft. It also looked to be mounted very close to true center. Once I was on the ski, I went and found some moguls that had been softened by the arriving sun and 55 degree weather. They felt like they were in there element doing those short snappy turns at slow speeds and I was impressed. Once the run spread out and it was more of cruddy corn I picked up the speed. They now felt like they were uncomfortable and it took some effort to stay balanced over the ski and keep it in control. In the air, it was great. Balanced with a light swing weight makes me imagine it is nice spinny ski. To bad I haven't (succesfully) done anything over a 180. On the groomers back to the lift, it was fairly flat and I couldn't get much speed. They felt right at home doing very quick snappy short radius carves. It was quite fun. Only reason I didn't buy them is everything I know says center mount skis struggle in powder and I didn't have any powder to try. Seeing as I could not return them, I decided against buying them.
Conclusion: I think I want somthing in the the 105-120 underfoot range as I don't have a problem with wide skis. Something with a playful shape but not super soft would be nice.
Current Top 5 are
-184 K2 Shreditor 112
-188 Rossignol Soul 7
-186 Line Supernatural 108
-186 Line Supernatural 115 (newer more playful version
-181/186 Rossignol Sickle
Also have some 188 Super 7's i could jump on at any moment for a great price that are very temting. I know the sickle is full rocker but I have not read anything about it having problems that other full rocker skis have (weird effective edge).
Edited by kbat11700 - 4/7/16 at 9:20am