I live in Park City UT and need a new "fat" ski to resplace my 4 year old twin tip Volkl Explosives. I am 6'3" and 185lbs and ski between 30 and 40 days per winter. I've got a rotation going where I buy a new ski every year, replacing one of my three pairs of ski based on need. Currently, my arsenal includes: '02 Volkl Explosiv 180cm (twin tip powder/crud ski), '05 Volkl Superspeed 182cm (without question an amazingly stable ski for adrenaline days), and '06 Volkl Racetiger SL Race Stock 165cm (for those days I want to crank turns on the groomers)... This season, I seem to be skiing my Explosives more than 3/4 of the time (due to a consistant pounding of snow), and want to replace them with a Volkl fat ski for pow/crud.... but the key criteria is that I want a stiff fat ski with POP... Through the local shop, I have heard that Mantra would fit the bill (184cm variant) but am open to the Karma and Gotama... Any feedback ragarding my criteria? I want to get in some demo days before the season ends... Thx.
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3/30/06 at 1:42pm