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2 Ski Quiver Choices [E100 plus ?]

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Skier info: 6'3", 225lbs. Live on the east coast and take 2-3 trips/year (Vermont, Utah, California, Colorado) and, if I'm lucky have +/- 10 days on the hill in a good season. My wife and I have a plan to relocate to Park City, but who knows if that will happen. I currently have a pair of E88s and a pair of StalkIt Palmyra's (http://goo.gl/TtDaj6) that I picked up in Telluride last year.

 

Just got home from a quick weekend trip to Utah (Deer Valley) and I was able to demo the new E100s and LOVED them, especially compared to the E88s for the conditions. The conditions at Deer Valley could be best described as spring: firm up top, hero snow in the middle, and mashed potatoes at the base. I thought the E100s crushed all of those different conditions and snow types and I am pretty sure I will throw my E88s by the wayside and upgrade to the 100s.

 

My question is the second ski in the quiver. The StalkIts are 105 underfoot and do quite well in the powder/soft snow. The ski design is different from the E100s, but are only 5mm wider, so my question is this: should I get a wider (115mm+) true powder ski for real powder conditions? I didn't get to try the E100s in any sort of fresh snow, so I have no idea how they will perform.

 

Any and all advice is welcome!

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I say go wider.

 

I ski mainly in VT, I use my Volkl Shiro's in the soft spring curd. My Gotama's when it first turns from normal winter snow to warmer day's. Had them out on Sunday a week ago.

 

The Shiro's were a blast last April 25th on Superstar at Killington in the big bumps and soft snow. The air temp was 65F on the deck at the base lodge. They also float well in 8" of powder. Not that you really them in that...

 

My everyday ski is the Kendo.

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I should also add that I'd consider the Sin 7 (next year its being called the Sky 7) to replace the E100 but I didn't get a chance to demo that.

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I should also add that I'd consider the Sin 7 (next year its being called the Sky 7) to replace the E100 but I didn't get a chance to demo that.

I would stick with the E100 if you liked them.  The new Sky 7 will be stiffer than the Sin 7 was, but is a different animal than the E100.  I'm guessing part of the reason you liked the E100 so much is it's mostly camber and thus holds and edge pretty well through multiple snow conditions.  The Sky 7 is a great ski, but has much more rocker and will get bounced around a bit more.

 

If anything I'd say stick with your original plan and replace your 105mm waist skis with something more like 110-120mm for true powder days.  Your E100 will do great in 99% of east coast days, and if you're out west and get dumped on you'll appreciate having a true powder ski.  

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 Your E100 will do great in 99% of east coast days, and if you're out west and get dumped on you'll appreciate having a true powder ski.  

Even though I live out east, I do 80% of my skiing out west, so on the days when you get a nice refresher/moderate snowfall (4"-8"), would I be better served with the Sky as my day-to-day or the E100?

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Even though I live out east, I do 80% of my skiing out west, so on the days when you get a nice refresher/moderate snowfall (4"-8"), would I be better served with the Sky as my day-to-day or the E100?

I still think if you skied the E100 and really enjoyed it, that's the way to go for your daily driver.  The Sky is just such a different shape and overall skiing experience, you really can't compare the two very well.  I think you'd be a lot happier going with a "Sky-shaped" ski for your powder ski, just wider.  (I.E. 5 point sidecut, rockered tips and tails, just in the 110-120mm range)

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All good advice.  I'm a bit heavier than you and I really like the E98. I haven't skied the E100 yet, but I imagine I'd like that one too. I hand flexed the Sin 7 and I couldn't imagine it would hold up well under a bigger guy (unless they ski slower and like softer skis).  

 

If you are looking for a powder oriented western ski, don't be shy about the 110mm+ category.  Don't fret too much about race-like groomer performance.  Just get a ski that will excel in the puffy snow and mixed conditions and have fun.  110-120 won't feel big once you've got a foot or so of snow underfoot.

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I would keep the E88s for the days when there hasn't been fresh snow in some time and everything is firm.

post #9 of 9
Rossi Hero Master or Hero LT. Find a pair of fat skis on close out for big days... you won't use them all that much as your e-100 will cover any day with a bottom.
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