Originally Posted by MassLiberal
If you were an East Coast skier (who ventured into big mountain territory out west once a year), and you were to pick any two or three skis to make up a quiver, what would they be?
I am a western guy but lived in Stowe for 3 years so I can relate to both coasts and most stuff in between. One western trip per year does not necessarily gay-rone-tee real deep snow. Therefore, I might consider ditching the full-fat ski and renting one when and if you need it.
I think these are the categories
that you should consider. (lots of good skis in each, so I'll mention just a few)
- Full on hard snow ripper. (All Star, RX-9, RX-8, Speedmachine 14,16)
- Mid fat with good hard snow capabilities. (Nordica Modified, Fischer AMC 76, Atomic M-11, B5)
- Fattish Mid that can take on two feet or so but will still be fun if it hasn't snowed lately when you hit Alta. (Atomic M-Ex, Volkl AC-4, Rossi B-3, K2 Outlaw)
If I were taking a western road trip and could only have one ski, it would be something from group #3.
If I were taking an eastern trip, it would be from group #2.
Don't get me wrong about fat skis, I have owned one or another continuously for over 10 years and have two right now. However, most
of the time, I don't really need
them and other things are more fun to ski on. In your situation, (if you missed the dumps on your western trips), you might go a couple of years and not really have much need for the fattie. OTH, all the other three categories could get quite a lot of use.