Originally Posted by Shawn W Satch
Hmm, are you comfortable with the width of your Bonafides? Are you looking for a something in the 100mm width or do you want to go with something much wider? It sounds like width isn't going to be as big an issue for you as quickness and easy float but if you can narrow that down a bit I'm sure you will get lots of suggestions.
I'm looking for something 115 minimum, but the wider the better. In the end, I'm willing to give up all my groomer capabilities for a good, fat ski; though it is not ideal because when I'm at Snowbird, I still need to get to a lift.
Originally Posted by MuchosPixels
I am 180 (6-2) and loved the Armada JJs in backcountry pow. Its a bit soft for the resorts but in pow it is awesome. Fun and easy to ski and turn quickly as needed. The new JJ 2.0's are supposedly just as great or even better. I would look into skis >110mm wide maybe even 120+. I usually like some camber underfoot but full rocker in pow works great. Unless you go on a backcountry tour or snowcat or heli tour its hard to test pow skis in a resort environment since quality pow at resorts is rare compared to the backcountry.
The JJ and powder boards will be up at the top of my list next time we get powder. I have been reading a lot into both of these skis recently (not demoed), but I find that the JJ is a highly suggested ski for those that like to ride switch - which I normally don't. I was wondering if people were overlooking some of its flaws because it favored switch, but it appears as though that is not the case.
Originally Posted by Spooky
Line supernatural 115
I have tried the Supernaturals, and I loved them; however, I don't think they were the 115s. The ones I tried were in the mid 90's. I didn't know the 115s were made. I'll have to try those too. On bottomless days, have you found this ski to have good float, without nose dive?
Originally Posted by AngryBadger
I was looking for something similar recently. After culling the net, my short list was ON3P billy goats, blizzard bodacious (15/16) or spur, volkl v-works katana, dps rpc 112 and kingswood smbs. Never got to demo that stuff (so take all this with a bigger than usual grain of salt) but on the basis of reviews pulled the trigger on the kingswoods (they're a custom shop in NZ, may go down in history as a bad decision but who knows).
I hear a lot about the Billy Goats, which seem like a terrific ski, but I can't demo them. They also seem like they may need a high speed superstar to wield them.
Originally Posted by spindrift
I'm not so sure. BC does not always hold the promise of safe accessible powder. And in the right places like UT or the PNW, resorts can dish up the goods with regularity.
I'm of the school that thinks a real powder ski is 125 or wider. Usually wider. And rather rockered. And that skis like that can have a place in the resort quiver as much as for the mythical heli and cat trip world. .
I'm a fan of Praxis Protests and Powder Boards for this sort of thing. Protests for when I might care about some edge for groomer returns or scrubbed places. Powder Boards for pure powder fun where groomers will either be really soft or not much of an issue. The Protests are the definite family favorites for this...
For other options - DPS Lotus 138s, ON3P C&Ds, Powabungas, Volkl 3s, Armada Bubbas, etc, etc are the general kinds of things I'd suggest looking at.
I'm going to try the Protests ad the Protests and PBs if I can get a hold of them. Which of them is easier to throw around? Would you do trees with both of them?
Originally Posted by G Unit
I can vouch for the Armada JJ 2.0's being an absolute blast for powder, off piste and tree skiing. They are exactly as you describe, super slarvy fun and playful. They are quick turning with a pretty tight radius for such a big ski. I am not the fastest skier ever myself either and the JJ's are my favorites. Wish I could ski them every day.
I'm about the same size as you and I have the 185
This is a great suggestion. When I try the JJ's, I'll do it in the 185.