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post #1 of 13
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Hey all, looking for some advice on purchasing my first powder ski. After moving down to BC and making frequent trips to whistler where the snow if plentyful I decided its time to add to my quiver. Right now im on 187 Blizzard Brahmas which I love. Im looking for something 115-122 range and a stiff flex. Im a 6'5 215 rider mostly charging but something that I can shut down quick and make some fun quick turns. So far on my radar are the Blizzard Bodacious, ON3P Billy Goat, Volkl Shiro and the 4FRNT YLE. Anyone have anything to add about these skis? Ive done my research but im having a tougher time relating most posts to my weight, most are lighter guys. Feel free to add other skis you think fit the bill here

post #2 of 13

Welcome to Epic.  I can highly recommend the Billy Goat, totally awesome ski.  I demoed them at Copper Mountain last season and bought one.  I haven't been able to use it yet because I broke my clavicle in mid December but in a couple more weeks I'll be on them and I'm taking them to Grand Targhee the end of February for three days of skiing including a day of cat skiing.  The are totally awesome and they're built to last.  They have very good edge grip for a fat ski and the camber really helps.  Buy the longest they make.  I'm 5'7" 150 pounds, advanced and I'm on the 184s and they aren't too much ski for me.

post #3 of 13

Billy Goat 189 no question! It's probably be close to Bodacious 193 in size. Also take a look at the on3p c&d, which would be a true powder charger ski, but it would also be much less versatile compared to the Billy Goat! BG is awesome! great, great ski! I have one and will buy another one when I break the one I have :-)

post #4 of 13

Have Praxis Protest check out their website and read Blisters review.  Great ski for powder.

post #5 of 13
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Im hearing nothing but praise for the billy goats.. how stiff are they? I like a fairly stiff ski and im having difficulty finding a true answer

post #6 of 13

Is there a standard test for ski stiffness?  What I consider stiff at 150 pounds may not be what you consider stiff.  I consider the the BG fairly stiff, not as stiff as my Nordica Fire Arrow 84EDT but definitely stiff.

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id love to test them for myself, being in BC is the problem I dont know of any retailers here or any demo days. I may bite the bullet on a pair though they seem to have a very dedicated following and sound like a good ski. as long as it isnt some poweder noodle then im happy

post #8 of 13

If you really want a "powder specific" ski ...

 

At your size, I'd go fatter for sure (I'm a few inches shorter and about your weight). Whistler offers some big wide open spaces for getting a powder ski up to speed.

 

Lots of times I want the surface area (even if I know I'll curse it on the cat track).  When I go to WB, I bring either a Praxis Protest or a Praxis Powderboard for the wide/powder end of things. I'd take a hard look at the C&D out of the ON3P line.  Check out the powder end of the DPS line. Maybe look at a Volkl three. Etc... Maybe see what Armada is up to on the fat end. And so on....

 

Or just go look at what is on the feet of people coming off the major alpine runs on a powder day...:) 

post #9 of 13

Volkl

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I just dropped the price to $475 + Shipping

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144835/praxis-protests-187#post_1965209

post #11 of 13
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Went to the hill today to try and demo some of these. Just my luck none of them were avaliable in the size im looking for blah blah blah. So I got on the volkl 100eight... wow what a ski I loved it! Trees killed it, groomers sure no problem, pow you bet. It was a little under powered in this wet west coast powder but I loved the way this ski worked. So my question is has any one used this ski and know a bigger ski thats like it? is the volkl shiro pretty close i mean sure theyll be different but somewhat like it, not a dedicated charger but can charge down the mountain and still have a blast rocking quick turn between trees.

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Went to the hill today to try and demo some of these. Just my luck none of them were avaliable in the size im looking for blah blah blah. So I got on the volkl 100eight... wow what a ski I loved it! Trees killed it, groomers sure no problem, pow you bet. It was a little under powered in this wet west coast powder but I loved the way this ski worked. So my question is has any one used this ski and know a bigger ski thats like it? is the volkl shiro pretty close i mean sure theyll be different but somewhat like it, not a dedicated charger but can charge down the mountain and still have a blast rocking quick turn between trees.


Haven't skied them both, so can't say for sure how similar they are, but your description of the 100eight fits my experience of the Shiro (except for the "underpowered" part). It seems especially great in soft but not totally fluffy snow. Mine are mounted +3 cm for added playfulness, but still charge.

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Haven't skied them both, so can't say for sure how similar they are, but your description of the 100eight fits my experience of the Shiro (except for the "underpowered" part). It seems especially great in soft but not totally fluffy snow. Mine are mounted +3 cm for added playfulness, but still charge.

I figured the shiro would be similar but with that extra power in it. How do you like it in trees? Id demo them myself and find these things out but no one stocks them this year it seems or if they do they dont have the size I need. 

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