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East Coast Do-it-all

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Yet another search for the ski that does it all. Obviously it doesn't exist. Especially when you throw in eastern conditions. I am, however, looking for the best compromise for myself.

I'm 5'7", 155 lbs. Advanced skier: Been skiing an average over 10 days a year for the past 10 years now. Trained with my college's race team for two years. I'm not all that strong, but I'm really working on that this year.

I ski exclusively in the east, primarily in Maine and New Hampshire. I probably spend the most amount of time tearin' up the groomers: Half the time cranking out super fast GS turns and the other half skiing steep hardpack. What I really love though is skiing in the trees. That requires a quick ski, because the trees around here are very tight. Powder performance isn't very important, but crud certainly is. I also really like skiing bumps, but it's a rare day when they're in a condition that's fun to ski. I'm just not enough of a bumper to enjoy them when they're rock hard.

I currently own a pair of Dynastar Ski Cross 66's in a 178. They're great everywhere except the tight trees and the bumps because they're relatively stiff and very heavy (that in my opinion does make a difference in some cases). While they're great most of the time, I've decided I really want to replace them with something quicker in the trees and bumps.

Last winter I got a chance to try two other skis. I didn't like the Volkl G3's in a 170, because I didn't like the way they edged on steep hardpack. I liked the X Scream series in a 169 much better. They felt more energetic and gripped much better.

The X Scream's would probably be a keeper, but I know I could use something with better stability. I'm considering the Volkl Supersports 5 star and 4 star. The Beta Ride 10.20's and 9.22's also are of interest. I bet the 11.20's would be great, but they'd probably kick my ass in the trees. I almost bought the 9.22's without demoing, but I'm beginning to wonder whether I'll be wishing for a more stable ski. I'm pretty set on getting something around a 170, I never skied anything super long and my ego doesn't require me to ski something longer than I need.

Anyone with a similar situation, or suggestion for me?
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Humm ... looking for a ski that's good at speed/GS, steeps, hardpack, crud, trees and bumps, but also knows that "it doesn't exist".

Are you positive you can't be talked into a two ski quiver?

You say that your 66's are great everywhere xcept trees and bumps, so just keep them, and for the price of a new compromise pair, pick up a pair of relatively soft, short, light-weight TT's specifically for the trees and bumps. Lots of people take the two ski approach because much less compromise is involved. In fact, in all probability, so will you eventually - grin.

Tom / PM

[ September 17, 2002, 08:58 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]
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I'd try a Volkl P50 platinum. Good in long and short turns, better edge grip than the G3. Super stable at high speed.
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I'd recomend the G3, I've never had a problem on hardpack steeps with it, maybe you had a bad tune? While it is a stiff ski and not exceptionally quick edge to edge in the bumps I have no problem skiing trees with it. I have it in 177 and am 5'11" and 235

[ September 20, 2002, 09:00 AM: Message edited by: laseranimal ]
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don't dish off Tom's advice for developing a mini-quiver...with all the skis out there, one doesn't HAVE to compromise....anyways...for edgehold, I'd try the 177 for the
extra's the length I DIDN'T demo last season.
I demoed the 170 during a freshie week @SundayRiver...and the 177s were continually out...with some local...ARGGGH.
Now with the *stiffer*? G3 for this season, I'm hunting down
last season's G3 in 177, although there are some new ones that
look like a lot of fun.
You know how we don't often recognize what we have till we lose it.. My family lived out in Speigletown (north on Rte #40)..north of Lansingburgh during my grade school-high school years(63'-73')...and the family and *friends* NEVER got into skiing...even during the snowdays of the 60's... Man the term "Backcountry" could have been coined along the Hudson River Valley...north of Albany/Troy.
What beautiful ski country...drops!..UGHHH, it's painful just
to think about it. I should try going back find out if the "countryside" is still countryside..???(THAT may be

Steve [img]smile.gif[/img]
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