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TR Sugar Bowl Ski Test Picture Extravaganza

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
It was my privilege to enjoy a day skiing with several of our most Epic members. Our host SierraJim, brought along a whole herd of skis to try out. The testing crew included Tyrone Shoelaces and Jed Peters. Between the four of us we made many laps of mainly groomed runs. Conditions ranged from soft groomed packed powder with some fresh to coral reef and ice with a wind blown layer of light snow, affectionately known as dust on crust. Temperatures were cold for California. The complete collection of nearly 140 pictures is at this LINK. Not only did we ski a lot of new and unfamiliar equipment, but both Jed and Tyrone were wearing new boots for the first time.

Rolling up to the main lodge at Sugar Bowl we unloaded a bunch of skis. Jim securing some Nordica Afterburners and a 192 PMGear Bro Prototype:



Tyrone sizing up some Nordica SpeedMachine Mach 3 170 cm skis. This should be a switch



Jim has set up Tyrone on the Mach 3s and prepared a Fischer RX9 for Jed. I'll start the day on 175 Allstars and Jim will start on the Atomic M11:B5.





Jed putting some bend into the RX9



Tyrone "Wow these are really skinny"! "I could have fun with this"



After a few runs, its time to trade off. I enjoyed my turn on the Allstars, now Tyrone and I swap so I get the SpeedMachine Mach 3, Jed gets the M11:B5 and Jim is on RX9.



On the third rotation Jed gets the Speedmachines and trys out the dust on crust off-piste.



SierraJim demonstrates how the Allstar rules off-piste



And Tyrone finds he likes the Fischer RX9 just fine.



Continued with the massive quiver - Round 2
post #2 of 13
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Did I mention that if you are buying skis, this is the guy you want to talk to. Jim buys thousands of skis every year and is a walking encyclopedia of ski knowledge that comes from on-the-snow experience...and he skis pretty damn good too. Many thanks to Sierra Ski and Snowboard and Jim for making the equipment available. Jim lining up some Rossignol Zenith Z9s for the afternoon laps. Oh, and the sun came out!



The afternoon lineup: 178 cm Nordica Hot Rod Afterburner, 179 PM Gear Soft Bro, Rossi Zenith Z9 and Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel.



Jed Peters leading the charge on some Bros. These skis were in need of a bit of tuning, but were being held to the line even in the firm conditions.



Jim enjoying our stash of dust on crust and showing off the bases of those Top Fuels.



And of course Tyrone showing us what a skier is supposed to look like. And yes!!! He likes the Afterburners too.





The crew stops long enough for a scenic group picture, and while I'm better looking behind the camera, I stepped in front of this one.



That was a full day spent with very enjoyable people, good skiers and some really high performance equipment. The review will follow separately. Thanks for listening.:
post #3 of 13
Very nice TR,

I am sorry I missed it! The afternoon appears to have turned into the typical Sierra bright sunny day.
post #4 of 13
Like the pics!

I'll do my own write up from Sierra Ski and Snowboard's ski demo fleet of mid-fat expert carvers.

Another noteable point. Everyone on the lift was skiing on boots fit by either Jim or Jim's staff. Both Ron (Tyrone Shoelaces) and I were "somewhat" comfortable as well for only having the first day on the boots.

Pretty cool. Can't say enough, and I'm just a customer. Sierraskis.com went above and beyond for 3 of their customers, allowing us to test all sorts of new equipment.

The Fischers made the best slalom race turns on the really hard ice, as an FYI. I like this shot. This was on the groomed too! Little bit of pop.

post #5 of 13
Nice guys, and well done! Are you going to do review write-ups?
post #6 of 13
thanks for the write-up and pics Cirque. And BIG THANKS to SierraJim for hooking up this little demo day and doing a great job on turning around some tech work on my skis & new boots so I could get out there.

For me, skiing on nothing but fat powder skis the past few years and spending approx 95% of my time skiing off-piste gave me a unique perspective on the crop of skis that Jim brought up with him. I wish I could remember all of the names (should have been taking notes like Jed), but the Fischer RX9, the 178 Nordica Hot Rod Afterburner, and Volkl Allstar's stick out in my mind as my favorites that best suited my skiing style and the conditions of the day.

It was a great perspective to zoom around on all those skis for the better part of the day, and then hop on my 192 PMGear fat prototypes (143-114-131) to see how a dedicated powder ski handles carving groomers.

Thanks guys.
post #7 of 13
that looks like it was a heck of a lot of fun...

while i have you guys, can you give me an idea of current conditions up at sugar bowl--i'm thinking of heading up there tomorrow with my son. thanks!!
post #8 of 13
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Currently the summits are being wind hammered and are experiencing the coldest temperatures of the season. I decided not to ski today since summit chairs at Kirkwood are on wind hold. Conditions off-piste are firm with a dusting of windblown on suncrust from last week and occasional stashes of softer powder up to a couple inches. The groomers are skiing great. Have fun.
post #9 of 13
sounds like it's worth going up...i have a new pair of vokl ac4 that haven't been skied yet, hopefully there's enough coverage so that i'm not hitting a lot of rocks and stumps tomorrow....last time i went up (in dec before the snows) i brought my old skis and was happy that i did...
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Currently the summits are being wind hammered and are experiencing the coldest temperatures of the season. I decided not to ski today since summit chairs at Kirkwood are on wind hold. Conditions off-piste are firm with a dusting of windblown on suncrust from last week and occasional stashes of softer powder up to a couple inches. The groomers are skiing great. Have fun.
It's amazing....I just got back from the 'wood, and I tell ya....I wished I had some of those shorter mid-fats/carvers over my 185 Rossi B4s!
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jed Peters View Post
It's amazing....I just got back from the 'wood, and I tell ya....I wished I had some of those shorter mid-fats/carvers over my 185 Rossi B4s!
that sounds like i should leave my ac4's at home tomorrow and bring the bandits....
post #12 of 13
Sounds like a great day of skiing guys! skiing with buddies and demo'ing skis all day is just what I need, our local shop in town is planning a demo day up at Sugarbowl in March.

But, I am definitely going to make it to Sierra Jim's shop in Sac the next time I am up there visiting family.
post #13 of 13
man, a teensy wee bit envious am i.

mostly because I've come to value the posts from the likes of CR, TS, and SJ (sorry Jed, not that familiar with you yet, but you seem to be hanging in the right company) and would love to get out and get lapped by you guys sometime.

while nowhere in the same league as TS, i spent the last 2 seasons venturing off into off-piste territory after predominantly being a groomer (those 198 7S's tended to keep me on the hardpack). This season has been all about re-visiting the on-piste experience, which has been fun in a manner of speaking.

i've ridden at SB with similar conditions that you seemed to have and am currently out in Colo where a day at Copper and another at Loveland were pretty much similar (lottsa groomers and windblown, thin pow). I'm actually learning to handle the Mantras on the groomers after only riding them in ankle to knee deep pow last season.

but i digress, thanks for the report and hopefully i'll squeeze a few turns in with some of you this season (and yeah SJ, my pops and I are still gonna be contacting you after he demos a pair of B2s)

keep the pix and reports coming!

BTW, Jed, what did you think of the 179 Bros?
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