I am considering replacing my current primary East coast hard-snow ski.
Me; 5'10", 168lbs., 53 y.o., Level 8/9 skier. (An instructor at Smuggler's Notch rated me a solid 9, but I have less faith in my skills than he did!). I would describe myself as more on the finesse side of the finesse/power scale.
My current skis were made by Blossom for Hart (the Pulse), and I have not had an easy time finding something that I like better, especially for versatility. I am not looking for a locked-in carver, but something that can certainly carve well when intended and handle hardpack/ice. I err on the side of versatility, however, so looking for a nice balance of performance in multiple turn radii, comfort with slow or fast speeds, ability to handle ungroomed chop, bumps and glades when there isn't a ton of new snow.
I am very partial to skis with an even and progressive flex, and do not like the binary, "on-off" feel of some skis. I also do not want a ski with a tail that refuses to release, especially in bumps and crud. I have found that widths of 80mm or below work best for me where I ski. As of now, my short list has been narrowed down to the 2016 versions of the following, but have not demo'd either:
- Blossom White Out
- Stockli Laser AX
Also considered the Kastle MX83, but width and length choices were not quite a perfect fit.
Would love input from those that are familiar with one or both of these skis as to how well they fit my described wants/needs. If some have skied both, I would love to hear your input on the distinctions between them.
If there is another ski that folks feel fits my description and could be a real alternative to the 2 above, I am open to consideration.
These skis will be paired with something in the mid 90's to 100mm width range for an Eastern quiver.
Thanks for your input.