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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Any recommendations for a good patroller ski?
post #2 of 23
Anything that you don't mind getting scratched up!

Craig
post #3 of 23
Rossi B2 mainly for it's versatility as a mid fat, and it's so forgiving that you don't have to think about skiing it. It's also soft enough to snowplow any sled downhill without beating you up. That's just my take from personal experience. I'm sure there's many more skis that will do as well.
post #4 of 23
CMH Explosivs seem to be pretty popular with the patrollers around here. Very little sidecut makes them easy to sideslip, tough bases and they're cheap.
post #5 of 23
I love my Atomic 9-22's for patrolling. Stable in the crud and on ice, great for toboggan handling, and still fun to carve with.
post #6 of 23
the cheapest fattest longest ski you can find, in this case JeffW is correct for 50$ it's hard to go wrong with the old explosiv CMH
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Please educate the ingnorant. What does CMH stand for?

Thanks
post #8 of 23
Canadian Mountain Holidays, one of the original heli-ski operations, based in Banff, AB. Every year they dump their old demos/rentals for cheap in Banff/Calgary. Most of the pro patrols and ski bums in the area have a pair they use.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
ejc, thanks. I checked out their web site to see if they take mail orders. Didn't know the Explosiv was still in production. I imagine they are a little modified from the version I had 25 years ago.
post #10 of 23
AT_Steve: I picked up a pair last summer, great ski overall. Dimensions are 120-95-112, same as the regular explosiv with CMH topsheet. You could try emailing CMH or watch the Powder/TGR boards ski swap for mntlion (he may post them over here, as well) if he gets a bunch again this year.
post #11 of 23
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Originally posted by ejc:
the cheapest fattest longest ski you can find, in this case JeffW is correct for 50$ it's hard to go wrong with the old explosiv CMH
how much did you say they sell ski's for? and can you order skis from them online? thanks
post #12 of 23
The Intuitiv 68 seems to be the patroller's ski of choice at Stowe.
post #13 of 23
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Originally posted by AT Steve:
Any recommendations for a good patroller ski?
You're joking, right?
post #14 of 23
I don't get this. You spend your days in skis. You are trying to scrimp on a piece of equipment as fundamental to your trade as skis?
post #15 of 23
ever notice how the guys that use trucks for a living buy the most durable and affordable trucks? same idea not alot of cadillac escalades on the job site.
Can a patroller write off his/her skis?
post #16 of 23
FYI. Cupolo Sports has been listing some new CMH Explosives for sale on ebay this week. Still in their wrappers.

Starting price is $329 (US dollars).

I would hold out and see if you can still pick up the used Exposives from this season, from CMH in April or May. They are selling their working stock (fitted with Salomon 850 bindings) for $295 Canadian. Check out www.skilink.ca

Bob
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for their input. Sounds like the Explosiv is a popular option. I've contacted CMH. They are sold out for the season, but I'm going to try another option for these skis.

The skis I used this year broke down way too fast internally. I'm surprised they held together. The other skis I use are too fat for patrolling. I have trouble negotiating bumbs with them. The explosives are probably a good option.

Thanks for the advice.

Steve
post #18 of 23
Myself and a few other patrollers have been on salomon xtra hots this year and really like them. They handle everything well.
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by ejc:
ever notice how the guys that use trucks for a living buy the most durable and affordable trucks? same idea not alot of cadillac escalades on the job site.
Can a patroller write off his/her skis?
I am a patroller as well, but you don't ever see me scrimp on my skis. My preferred patrolling skis, my 6*'s. They are versatile enough for all eastern mountain use, day in and day out. They are forgiving enough to not punish you big time for being occassionally lazy. Their shovel is just wide enough to lift the ski sufficiently on the rare powder days. They are great on ice; they carve a mean arc yet versatile enough to release the tail when needed; they are more than decent on eastern ice moguls; and they hold their own on braking wedges and sideslips. Narrow corridor short swing turns, like when you need to ski an empty down a chute, .. well.. that's the only part that the 6* leaves something to be desired. But when I need to do a fall line descend with a loaded tobaggan in ice moguls, which is my acid test for suitability of a ski to eastern patrolling, they come through and shine. Most importantly, they are fun. Besides, skiing them makes me ski like my PSIA buds. :
post #20 of 23
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which is my acid test for suitability of a ski to eastern patrolling
Joseph, the key here is EASTERN patrolling. AT_Steve appears to be in Colorado, I suspect his criteria is a little different from yours. They don't call them "The Rockies" for nothing, so I'll take the cheaper (but bomber) skis to shred the bases on.
post #21 of 23
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Originally posted by JeffW:
the key here is EASTERN patrolling. AT_Steve appears to be in Colorado, I suspect his criteria is a little different from yours. They don't call them "The Rockies" for nothing, so I'll take the cheaper (but bomber) skis to shred the bases on.
I can see his point, Jeff. If I am in the Rockies, my choice of skis for there would not be my choice of skis for here. However, I am such a tech weenie that I highly doubt that I will go for the cheapest pair of skis I can get my hands on.

On a side note, more power to you Rockies patrollers. I can't even begin to imagine taking a tobaggan through powder or deep crud for thousands of vertical feet. You guys definitely have my respect and admiration.
post #22 of 23
I have a bunch of CMH'S in stock. 165's 173's & 180's.. I will sell them to member's for $300.00 delivered. PM if interested.
Thanks
Jay
post #23 of 23
^^^^^^^ Heard nothing but good things about Jays service if anyone's thinking of doing this
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