Hear that blades are easier and more fun, I would like to try them in a few weeks but want some advice before I get on the mountain.
Thanks in advance.
hello I like to ski but love to snow blade looking for blades that are good on powder
but also have good control on the packed. Get tugged behind snowcat (snowmobile) often on flats (hay field) and up and down steep winding forrest service roads. Live near two good ski hills (big mnt and blacktail) in n. w. mt. need advice on all terrain snow blades. Heard good things about K2 and Joy Ride and Kemper any advice on whats my best buy? Montana
The more powder, the larger surface area under foot you want. This is why blades generally suck for skiing powder. The best length times width will give you the best powder performance, but this will also detract from groomed snow performance. Your Mileage May Vary.
I confess, I have picked up a pair of snow blades to play with around the neighborhood on any good snow day with the kids and their sleds. However, anything over about 10-12 inches of dry snow or anything over about 6 inches of heavy snow would likely be a "no go" for the snow blades. Try to imagine how well they would (NOT) work as water skis to get a feel for how they would perform in deeper snow. As for ski joring behind a snowmobile, you'd probably be OK if you could stay in the sled tracks. Getting whipped around a corner out in to the loose deeper stuff would likely dump you though. Although that really does sound like a lot of fun. We did it on cheap little plastic mini skis back when I was in my early teens with mixed and mostly hilarious results!
By the way, haven't gotten any skiable snow in town this year. Thinking it's been about 3 years since a decent accumulation hit my town. But, I'll be ready hahaha!
Holy 7 year old thread!
"Snow blades" - get one with a releasable binding. The original soloman's are not very good and have no binding.
Atomic had their Free Zone model ski - 123cm that was good. It had a little width to it relatively.
Hart had a nice 90cm one. Elan's psx came in 113,123,133cm. Get the 113 or 123 if you can find them.
I see Head is coming out with a new one next year.
Upshot: you want one with a binding. They are made better overall and are safer.
I don't know why everyone says you can not use them in powder. I've skiboarded 88cm skiboards in waist deep pow @ alta, red mountain BC, sugarbush during the epic noreaster of 2007, snowbasin etc.
The key is pitch. Yes, I agree if you are going to ski green circles or easy blues, a foot of powder will kill you on skiboards. Runouts can be a hassle too on powder days, but you can usually find a packed down runout on all but the most extreme powder dumps.
If you are on blacks, double blacks, no problem whatsoever, just keep your tips up. I just bought a pair of Icelantic scouts, 143cm and super fat. Haven't tried them yet, but my plan is to use them when I ski with my friends who only want to ski open moderate pitch terrain (i.e. no extreme chutes or sick tight tree runs) on powder days.
Had the opportunity to ski blades this year. Great toy, and can be skied like a slalom ski to carve with a blast at slower speeds. Yes they do carve....but no mistakes.
Other than that, they fall under my listing of extremely fun...been there and done that....rather spend my money on race skis.
I find mine work best in extreme, deep, sick tight tree runs where few can follow. I find deep powder days after a storm in the tight trees.
I let the tips dive which creates resistance and control.
Racer- Those are the runs I like best too. I only not go on those when I'm with my non-skiboarding compadres with their 175-185cm skis who are afraid to go into those nether regions. In those cases, I get out with them on the open stuff, but usually end up ditching them to go into the trees later in the day.
been there, done that. I've made up my own move on that one. I call it the "modified ski run" when the one leg dives you pull it out as fast as you can and "run" putting it in front of the packed powder ski. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. lol.
Shop-task, Vancouver's inline skate shop, tried selling skiboards for a season. I noticed they didn't sell skiboards again this year--guess skiboards weren't a big seller. Personally I'm quite content with my $30 clearance centre snowblades. They're like little rockets! A phenomenal transition tool for inline skaters to get them skiing.