I am 6' 160lbs and a level 8 skier. I've skiied the east my entire life, not one trip out west, and now that I'm going to go to college out west, and mainly skiing Vail, I need something wider than my Volkl All-stars. I was wondering what a good all-around ski would be for Vail conditions. I hear people talking about how not every day is a perfect powder day but I don't hear anyone talk about boilerplate when they talk about skiing out west like everyone does in the east. It sounds like the hardpack is much easier to ski than real ice. Hardpack conditions and bump skiing are what really pull me and then push me towards different skis. The skis I have narrowed it down too are the Fischer Kahua, Head Monster i.M 88, K2 Outlaw, Volkl Mantra and Atomic Sugar Daddy. I have heard so many things between how skis float but then they don't ski bumps well. Is there a defined percentage of how much a ski should be good for powder and then also be good for groomers. One more question, how many days out of the ski season does it really snow 10"-12" or more? Thanks.
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8/22/06 at 1:51pm