You and I have a close profile, though you got four years on me. I ditched my 203 Volkls (P7's ?) straights for a wonderful pair of Elan 666. These are not your father's Elans, so to speak. When I was a lad, this company had little if any profile. When I started my foray into the wonderland of shaped skis I tried a pair of Fisher RX9's and some Heads as well. Bought the Elans somewhat on a lark -killer deal on line. They are a wonderful ski for guys like you and me - in transition, if you will. Very forgiving of the old habits, but very ready to carve. Probably not the pure carver the RX9 or Allstar are, but not as needy either. You can run these babies flat or on slight edge. I found the RX9's wanted to be turned all the time, or at least be on edge. The 666's are a mid fat ski, by definition, a compromise between an all out carver and powder machine. One thing you will find in a great modern ski, like the Elan, is the ability to transition from one surface condition to another without balking. The 666 is brilliant in this regard. I live in Maine. When we get real snow, it is often heavy. There can be patches of windblown hardpacked and windpacked powder. You want a ski that can navigate this kind of variety without throwing you. The Elan, again, is wonderful. You also want a ski you can stand to be on all day. I actually had a pair of 175cm Volkl 6*. Killed me. Terribly stiff for my weight (165) and quite unforgiving. Had quad cramps up the chair. Dumped them for the Elans. I do think that this would be a great choise for you since you are skiing east and west. I plan to take mine out to Banff this April. I have to say that I was so smitten with the Elans, I just got a pair of Elan carving machines - Ripstick. I will be on them in about twelve hours for the first time. I can't believe I am saying this, but there may be too much snow for them (just got 24-36" dump). If it is packed, I will run the Ripsticks, and if not, the midfat 666's. May I suggest that you read up on both these skis. If you want a great deal check out Dawgcatching, a ski shop guy from Oregon who writes terriffic reviews and offers equally great deals. I got my Rips for him. Good luck. Hope this helps. Keep an open mind about these new fangled boards. You might just end up burning those old timers.
post #31 of 52
2/16/07 at 8:43pm