The snow was lite, 2-3 inches of fresh over choppy, skied out leftovers. It was windy, snowy, flat light and a great day...ya know!
5' 8" 185 ex racer. Head boots, 170 K2 publicenemys.
More all-mountain than jib.
- 181 cm
- ELAN M999
- 27.1m radius
- laminated wood core with dual titanium layers
I had never ridden such a wide ski before. They where mounted with a Tryolia Railflex binding. I moved them to the foward of center position. That put me more centered on the ski and made it easer to preasure the tips. I was pleasently suprised with how easy they turned. I always thought wide skis were "slow edge to edge." True... not as quick as my 63mm GS racers, but as slow as i had expected.
The flex is fairly soft at tip and tail, while firmer underfoot. They busted through anything i could throw at em. Stable at high speeds through the crud. Once i got down into the trees (made some great saves) and found a few fresh lines that were 6-8" of thicker snow. They floated like a hot knife through butter. A little more work in the tight trees than my PE's, but you do get more float, so i think they balance eachother out. O yeah... it's a twin tip also. I'm just starting to get into skiing switch, it's a blast. These carve great going backwards. Well anyway...I havn't skied much else to compair the M999 with. The closest would be the Head Monster iM88. It was shorter and stiffer. A great ski but still a bit too different to compair.
The ELAN M999 gets my