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I just returned from a week of skiing at Loon Mountain and I think I've finally found the ideal 2 ski quiver in the Nordica Eliminator and Doberman SL.

After 5 years of searching for the perfect 2 ski quiver, I think I've finally found it.

The Eliminator (119-74-104, r=15.8, 170 cm) is very user freindly wheathe your cruising along or skiing more aggressively. The X-balance system works and makes the ski more forgiving. The ski is very stable at high speeds, handles ice and crud equally well, is a good carving ski. At the end of each high speed run, I was grinning from ear-to-ear. I thought that a 74 cm ski would be hard to carve and turn, but these skis were very easy to handle. The extra width helped when landing unanticpated jumps. I reached my upper speed limit before finding the upper limit of these skis. At slower cruising speeds, turns can be skidded with ease. Applying forward pressure, skidded turns quickly become carved turns. The only quirk with this ski is the squeeking sound it makes - I don't know if it it because of the wood-foam core or what, but it does make a unique sound.

For high speed carving, the Doberman SC is a blast. I was skiing on a pair of 164 cm skis and used them in a recreational GS race (finished 3rd in my age class, 5th overall). There is no relaxing with these skis - they are meant to be skiied fast and are true carving machines. Ice and crud are no problem. Like the Eliminator's, Nordica's x-balance system really works and forgives minor mistakes.

But who ever said 2 skis were all you need?