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First Powder Skis for Taos?

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Hi all, been reading articles here for some time, apparently I've been registered for years too but just now really digging in.

 

Yesterday I demoed my first ever "powder" skis, K2 Pinnacle 105s at 177cm length. I have to say I was surprised by how much better they felt in powder and deep-ish crud compared with my usual all-mountain skis (Dynastar Cham 87s). I've got two more free demo days from the shop if I buy, and hopefully with El Nino I'll have more chances soon to try other models. I'm also looking at some big Rossis (can't remember the model) and the larger Dynastar Chams.

 

I noticed with the Pinnacles that it felt almost like I was skiing in a shallow bowl-like track as I turned, and I felt much more in control than I ever have in powder. However it felt really, really tough to get a good edge on groomers. Obviously for groomer days I'll be using my primary all-mountain skis. The guy at the shop recommended I demo something firmer next time (like the larger Chams) for comparison.

 

I know there are a lot of great skiiers and instructors here with loads more experience than me (I started skiing 2012-2013 season), so I'd appreciate any further pointers on what to look for and what it should feel like. We don't get a lot of really deep powder days here (a foot is extremely rare, at least for the days I can get out skiing) so probably something crazy like 130 underfoot is too much. Thanks!

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If you can try the ON3P Billy Goat, probably in a 184 because it has quite a bit of rocker.  It has camber so holds an edge really well on groomers and is absolutely rock-solid.  They're made in Portland, OR and are amazingly durable.  It's a favorite of a lot of people who ski Mount Hood on a regular basis so you know it stands up to heavy snow.  Of the powder skis I've demoed, these have the best edge grip of all.

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I'm seeing some really good deals online today including 2015 Völkl Gotamas at 107... very tempting. Never bought a ski without demoing though.

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I'm 5'11" 200lbs, rally enjoy my Volkl Shiro's here in the east in 183cm. Skied them last April in the bumps on Superstar at Killington. They were also fun in the tree's at Sugarloaf after an 8" storm.

 

google the ski your thinking about and read the reviews. I bought the Shiro's doing that. Love them.

 

Bought them from http://www.skiessentials.com/skis/men-s-skis/men-s-powder-skis.html great prices.

 

 

I've kind of become a 2 ski guy, may be 3 skis. My Volkl Kendo's, Gotama's and Shiro's. The Got's don't get used much anymore. I seem to recall using them on a heavy wet snow. They are the last of the full camber one's. My Shiro's are from 2011, white, green and black.


Edited by Max Capacity - 1/5/16 at 10:07am
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deleted original content.

 

I failed to read OP's post entirely at first.

 

I would stick with whatever you can demo that you like.  The pinnacle has tip and tail rocker and is relatively soft in the tips and tails so you may find such a ski easy to work with. 

 

I was going to say try the Pinnacle 118 and in a 184, but seeing you just started skiing I think all you are pursuing here should be what works best for you out of what you can demo


Edited by Johnny Sizzler - 1/5/16 at 10:24am
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Originally Posted by Johnny Sizzler View Post
 

I would stick with whatever you can demo that you like.  The pinnacle has tip and tail rocker and is relatively soft in the tips and tails so you may find such a ski easy to work with. 

 

I was going to say try the Pinnacle 118 and in a 184, but seeing you just started skiing I think all you are pursuing here should be what works best for you out of what you can demo

Thanks, I've been working really hard and doing locals clinics every year, so 5x2.5 hour lessons per season, all in a row. I'm starting into the expert terrain at Taos since last season, and not merely surviving it either.

 

It looks like we're supposed to get dumped on today and tomorrow, so I'm hoping to go do some more demos tomorrow. I want to start with the 100Eights, probably in the 181 or 189 length depending on what they've got. I didn't really appreciate when I set up for the Pinnacles just how easily they'd turn with so much rocker. I didn't like all the tip chatter though.

 

I did some math and realized that with my 1 demo so far, plus the cost to mount bindings if I bought both the bindings and skis online (the demo deal includes free mounting of my bindings if I buy the skis there) it wasn't much of a cost difference, and I'm better off buying something I can try first, especially as I plan to keep them for 3-5 years.

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After some more demoing I ended up in the Pinnacle 105 184s. I tried 100Eights too but I don't think I'm a good enough skier. I'm a big heavy guy but they just seemed way too stiff. I also tried the Pinnacles in 191. 184 seems to be the sweet spot for me.

After buying them I had the best day of skiing I've ever had on Saturday. There were other factors but the skis didn't hurt.
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