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post #1 of 9
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I'm wondering if a more powder-oriented ski would help.  I was in Utah recently and skied fresh that ranged from 6" to 16" in depth.  When it got deeper and steeper, I struggled.  Admittedly, I'm an easterner and unused to skiing that kind of depth, but I wonder if wider, softer skis would have helped make up for some skills deficit.  I was on Head Rock 'n Rolls 95's (180), which served very nicely in the boot-top depth and cut-up and crud, but once it got deeper, I found myself sinking as I reflexively weighted the downhill ski more on steep stuff.  It was hard to move or drive the skis to initiate as they were under snow and seemed "stiff", and consequently everything else fell apart.  

 

I'm fully aware that better technique would help (I have few opportunities to practice these conditions here in the east), but I also found myself question if a different ski would have helped me transition to this situation better -- I'm thinking wider, softer.  Did a little bit of reading on the "what kind of pow ski?" thread and began to wonder about skis like the Nordica Vagabond, etc.  FWIW, I'm 60, 5'8", 170, pretty strong for my age, and ski 20+/- days a year, mostly east coast.  But now my daughter lives in Utah and I'm going to be skiing west more than I have. The situations I'm referencing were in Powder Country at PowMountain, McConkey's Bowl at PCMR, and in Honeycomb Canyon at Solitude.

Thoughts?

post #2 of 9

I think your instincts are right on. While better technique and more experience will certainly improve your powder skiing, the Rock N Roll 95 is probably not helping. It's got a bit of tip and tail rocker IIRC, but it's still a fairly stiff and damp ski. Much more of a charger than a playful powder ski. I took the Head Mojo 95 to Utah one year (similar ski without the mild rocker) and found it challenging in steeper powder spots where I wasn't skiing confidently.

 

A little wider and softer should help. Look for something in the 105-115 range with camber underfoot and tip/tail rocker... that should make for a good OSQ on your Utah trips. Lots of good skis in that category.

post #3 of 9

Next time there, demo some bigger skis and see what you think. They're making skis like that for good reason... Try some.

 

I would add, you may elect to rent them whenever you're out west as buying them for seldom use may not make the most sense, especially if you're paying the airlines to haul them back and forth. Or, you could buy some and leave them at your daughter's for whenever you visit.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

Thank you. I'm researching even as I wait for more answers.  Any skis to suggest?  

Now I'm thinking of a K2 like the Shreditor or Annex/Pinnacle series -- I'm finding them cheap and the rep is that they're easy to ski (that would be good for me).  I need a ski that will go slower as I learn the conditions, and be easy.  I'm not ready for a high-speed blaster.  Any ideas for fun, easy, OK-for-quick-turns-in-trees kind of skis?
 

post #5 of 9

From what I've read, the Annex is probably not what you're looking for. The 108 and 118 are both more powerful skis with metal layers.

 

As much as I hate to say it, because the mountains are just littered with them, you'd probably love the Rossi Soul 7.

post #6 of 9

^^ I was going to suggest the Super 7 but thought better to recommend demoing. As for the Soul 7, could be a good choice but it's not as wide at 106 at the waist. For deep Utah pow, I would go a bit wider. 

post #7 of 9

Yeah, Super is a great choice too. I was thinking Soul more as a OSQ for firm conditions that the OP could leave in Utah, but if looking for mostly pow performance, then yeah... Super 7.

 

Should be easy to demo either of these. Basically the top skis in demo fleets for the last couple of years.

post #8 of 9

Here is a Super Fun Powder Ski

Volkl One (if you like reverse camber)

Love Love Love mine.

And it is very cheap extra 20% off today

http://www.skiessentials.com/skis/men-s-skis/2015-volkl-one-blue-skis-w-tyrolia-attack-13-bindings.html

 

Very easy to go slow on 

I am 60 yrs 220 lbs 

very forgiving ski and does ok on groomers .

Probably will get mixed reviews here on epic ski

but a few ski on them do some research 

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Originally Posted by mikeo56 View Post
 

Here is a Super Fun Powder Ski

Volkl One (if you like reverse camber)

Love Love Love mine.

And it is very cheap extra 20% off today

http://www.skiessentials.com/skis/men-s-skis/2015-volkl-one-blue-skis-w-tyrolia-attack-13-bindings.html

 

Very easy to go slow on 

I am 60 yrs 220 lbs 

very forgiving ski and does ok on groomers .

Probably will get mixed reviews here on epic ski

but a few ski on them do some research 

 

I just came here to post this.  I agree I think the Volkl One would be a good option for you if you're looking for a designated powder ski.  Thanks @mikeo56 for the referral!

 

That very extra cheap 20% off does end tonight at midnight, just a heads up!

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