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Atomic beta ride 9.22 or rossignol t-power viper x pps????

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I am trying to decide between two very different skis. I have skied for about 20 years, since I was little little. I have not skied in about 5 years as I have been in school and have not had the time. I am an ex-racer and am an aggressive skier, though I want to relax a little now since I am now skiing just for the "FUN" of it! I am 5'3" and weigh about 125-130 lbs. I like skiing the steeps, short slalom turns, fast gs turns and powder if it is "sweet"......not the heavy stuff we tend to get out here on the coast. I know that the atomics are probably the better choice for an all mountain ski but are they going to be quick and responsive enough for me? I know other ex-racers who love the rossi's but I am not sure that they are the best for all mountain... which is what I need since I am only buying one pair of skis at this point.

Any advice would be appreciated! I keep jumping back and forth between the two skis!

Thanks in advance! :

p.s. great site.
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Where will you be doing most of your skiing East or West?
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I bought a pair of Viper X PPS for skiing on non-powder days (I have some Salomon Supermountains for powder & crud). Since we are still in rock ski season I can't give you a report on how they ski. I bought them due to the magazine reviews, talks with some people that demoed them & how the Mountain Viper X 10.2 (the Viper X PPS's predecessor) skied. Where I ski in Montana I end up skiing lots of narrow steeps & moguls mixed in with GS turns on the flats getting back to the lift. The Viper X PPS sounded like the perfect ski for those conditions especially in the moguls.

I own a pair of Mountain Viper X 10.2s and found it to be a great all-around ski more oriented towards packed snow. It is more than adequate in lighter, non-West Coast crud & powder though not as good as a mid-fat. In West Coast crud & powder the tips tend to hook a lot & take some getting used to.

Skis have changed radically in the past 5 years. I really recommend demoing if you can.
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I skied the 9x PPS and absolutly loved it, the viper x pps cant be much different as they are the same lengths same shape... just the viper is softer. I would ski it if someone tossed it my way, based on my experience with my t-power vipers last year (viper s this year) you cant go wrong with them. later,
have fun skiing
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The 9.22 is a great ski. It will do everything you ask of it, though you will need to adapt your skiing. Lots has happened in the last 5 years in technology and technique. If you want a little more racerish feeling ski, look towards either the BetaRide 10.20 or 11.20. Construction and shape lends to more high performance, yet still allowing easy skiing when desired.

I believe there will be a Super Demo Day (almost all brands represented, except Atomic) on Blackcomb on Dec 9 and 10. We will not be present due to an earlier scheduled event. The next Super Demo will be on Whistler January 5/6, and we (Atomic) will be there.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 05, 2001 04:54 PM: Message edited 1 time, by BetaRacer ]</font>
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I have the Atomic 9.22 and I occassionally use my son's Rossi T-power Viper. I know that the T-power Viper X pps is a GS ski vs the T-power Viper which is a slalom. We're close to the same weight/height (5'6" 140lbs). I love both skis.

The 9.22 is a better all mountain ski. It's probably one of the lightest and quick turning of the midfats. Great float off piste and good carver on the groomed. More versatile than the T-power.

The T-power is great too. Its a narrower ski, but amazingly stable. I don't think you can find a more responsive quick turning ski. Much more lively than the 9.22. I found it even performs well off piste for me, as I'm light.

If you are picking this as your only ski, then I would favour the 9.22 because of its versatility. If you are looking for something to compliment a quiver, then the T-power would be a good one to look at.

The two ski's are quite different. It would definitely be wise to demo both first.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 05, 2001 04:05 PM: Message edited 1 time, by wizard ]</font>
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