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First Impressions: Volkl Rebellion 170cm Competition Mogul Ski

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Hi Folks,

I hesitated to post any sort of review on this ski because I perceive there to be so little interest in a bump specific tool. However, I realized there many be others like myself who’ve always enjoyed bumps and idly wondered if a ski tailored to this purpose would be worth acquiring. Therefore I thought I’d share a few thoughts for those folks.

I’ve always skied bumps and made do with whatever weapon I had to hand (or should I say to feet?): For soft powder bumps I’ve had a wonderful time with the Volkl Karmas and even enjoyed the Volkl Mantra and Explosiv. However for the deep trenches found in firm bumps I’ve always used my front side ski. Which most recently has been the 168cm Volkl All Star and previously the 175cm Volkl 6 Stars. Both skis were heaven compared to the old 190cm Rossi 4s. That said both Volkls will kick you into next week if you load the tails with your weight in the back seat while in the bumps.: Therefore, as they say: Bring your “A” game!

We are now firmly in the spring bump season in the Sierra. Classic spring bumps in the Sierra means rock hard in the morning transitioning to slush in the afternoon. At my ski area, Sierra at Tahoe, it also means an irregular rhythm and shape to the bumps as well as deep trenches after many days of no snow.

I’d always thought bump specific skis were reserved for those skiers who enjoyed trips through the bumps conducted at speeds in the mach range. I, on the other hand, enjoy more ski to snow contact. My image of fun bump skiing looks like hot fudge sliding its way down the troughs of a bump filled vanilla ice cream mountain. In other words smooth, pretty, effortless fall line bump skiing at a pace slow enough to enjoy the scenery.

All the preceding leads me to my experience using the 170cm Volkl Rebellion for the last two days. Impressed is the word that best sums up that experience. Impressed by how well this ski works in the bump environment. The ski just plain makes bumps easier to live in no matter how you want to ski them. The soft tail and light weight combine to give the ski a lively feel without that propensity to kick you into next week if you falter. Quick turns are a breeze and the narrow shape makes it easy to stuff into tight trenches. I love my wider shaped skis for everything else but the traditional “pencil” dimensions (89-63-76) of these skis are perfect for this application. A bottom line is that I found myself skiing the bumps at a higher objective speed while subjectively having a slow and smooth experience.

Finally, I enjoyed the ski on groomed runs once the snow softened a bit. The Rebellion was very fun to mess about on due to how light it is. On rock hard groomers the Rebellion’s 26 meter turn radius wasn’t as fun as my Volkl All Stars with a 14.4 meter turn radius.

If you’re going to go as far as to get a bump specific ski, or if you’re just interested in becoming a better bumper, I’d suggest buying Dan Dipiro’s book: Everything the Instructors Never Told You About Mogul Skiing


Have fun and refer to my signature the next time you’re considering straying into the bumps!

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When I was young I didn't care what I skied on but now I've got skis for ever occasion (rondonee & pow, crud, moguls...all but groomers) Then I started building a quiver for each discipline, especially moguls. I know I’ve reached the pinnacle of being a sick old mogul skier when I acquired a mogul skis for different conditions. I've got a pair of K2 Momba's for zipper line skiing, a pair of Rossi Scratch Mogul for hard pack, and Solly 1080 moguls for med-soft snow.

Had I done it over (or planned ahead) I would now choose the Dynastar Twister as my first choice and perhaps the Volkl or Head as runner ups. I say this not just because of stated performance (and my own research), but because the quality of some mogul skis (some of which I own) is just not up to snuff. Also, being an old guy I can't handle a stiff ski anymore so I admit I don't get the full utility out of the ski (except for the noodley 1080 mogul) that anyone can ski. They are a far cry from the 212 Dynamics I first competed on in the 70's!

Michael, you make an excellent point that a good pair of skis and proper form/technique will improve your speed and control. A shorter ski also makes for easier aerials. Shortening my ski length (178 -180) and pole height has made a noticeable improvement in my bump skiing. That and a kidney belt and back brace. So if there are any other old bold mogul skiers out there asking about mogul specific skis I strongly urge you picking up a pair, but maybe not one that is too stiff or too narrow.

I recently joined this forum because I found it to contain the definitive answers on hard to find questions. Thank you all that have posted your insights, experience and expertise. The old dog can learn new tricks!

Forever inverted -
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I am 50 years old, quit skiing for 20 years and just getting back into it with the kids. Not planning on getting too crazy, but would like some bump skis for the rare times I can even find some bumps around to try to get the kids into - the trend toward snowboards and terrain parks seems to have depleted the number of bump skiers and thus bumps on the hill. When I got the kids going a couple of years ago, I drug out my old Olin Mark IV Comps, Spademans and Scott Superhots. The boots busted the first day (crap - I really loved those boots!) but the skis made it for a couple of years till I tore an edge out yesterday. I thus need some new ultra soft skis like the old Olins. As you guys describe both the Dragonslayer and the Soloman 1080, these seem to be possible similar replacements. If I understand what I have been reading today, twin tips and sidecuts are not good in bumps and new bump skis seem pretty much the same as my old stuff (straight and soft). The Olins are VERY soft in the tip and moderately soft in the tail. How do the ones you mention (or others) compare?


Also, the Olins were 185s. Do these newer bump skis run shorter like most new skis or should I stay with my familiar lenght? I am 5'10" 200 lbs (almost exactly the same as when I bought the Olins 25 years ago, but now redistributed to the gut ;) ).


I don't care at all about graphics or the latest release. The Dragon Slayers (2003?) or other outdated model would be great since i could buy them much cheaper.


Any suggestions?







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