Originally Posted by cabrown317
I'm new to this forum, but I have visited it many times, and have always gotten good advice from the threads, so I figured I'd join and post a question of my own. I live on the East coast, and ski primarily at Killington. I'm 6'1 190 lbs + or - 5 lbs, and hover in between a level 6 and 7 skier. I was on the Rossi B2's (182), but stuffed them into a mogul and bent the tip up. So now I'm in the market for a new pair of skis. I liked the 182's for their stability, but found them more sluggish in short radius tight turns, which made bumps and controling speed on steep icy terrain more difficult than it should have been. I've been looking at the Dynastar Legend 8000's and the Volkl Karmas as my new ski, and have also been considering scaling down to low-mid 170 cm length, in hopes that the waist width would still provide someone my size stability at speed, but give me the short turn capability for the bumps and trees. Does this logic seem sound to anyone who has skied either of these models? Please feel free to throw in any other suggestions for skis I might want to demo.
Hello Mr. Brown.....I skied about 40 days at killington last year, and I have a pretty good idea of what the terrain is like and what the top skiers are skiing on.
A very large percentage of the top freeskiers at killington are bump specialists, and thus, they spend a large amount of time on mogul skis or twin tips that are good in moguls. Public enemies, dynastar troublemakers, 1080's (not guns), twisters, cabrawlers, head moguls, etc. On any given day, well over 50% of the top 1-2% of skiers on that mountain are on that type of ski.....a majority of the talent.
The other top skiers are on some sort of wider midfat, in the 90mm waist range. PR's, the occasional Seth, Line's, Heads, etc. I personally ski a 186 Head im88 with look zr18's, I think they are pretty good in bumps and trees....I'm your size, but signifigantly more advanced. I don't usually feel comfortable on anything shorter than a 180.
I have never, ever, seen a good bump/free skier at Killington on a pair of Volkl 6-stars. I have had several conversations with people regarding 6-stars, where they describe how they had them for a few days and promptly bent them while skiing bumps. A guy in my ski house bent 2 pairs before he got his 171cm 1080's....I would say he's about level 8+. He's also going to a longer ski for freeskiing next year, but will keep the 1080's for bumps.
I would highly recommend staying over or around 180cm, but something lighter without metal if you want it to be more bump specific. 182cm dynastar Troublemakers are great in bumps, aside from their durablity issues on rocks and rails....plus they're around $200 on ebay.