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Non Powder ski suggestions

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Am I ever ready for next year's powder. I've got Coombas and Mantras to cover the softer days on the mountain, but don't know what to get for everday use.

I like to ski the steeps, relatively fast, mostly off piste, some bumps maybe a club race or two.

Me? I'm strong but aging and not as aggressive as I used to be, I've skied 30 to 40 days a year for 40+ years. 180 lbs, 5'11".

The AC - 30's seem to fit the bill, but I really don't know what else is out there.

Thank you all!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by couloir8 View Post
I like to ski the steeps, relatively fast, mostly off piste, some bumps maybe a club race or two.

do you want more of a race ski or a bump crud ski? not that there aren't skis that can do both, but I don't know of any that are good enough to race and be adept at soft snow and bumps. Heres what I am thinking: Dynastar LTD (c-11's), Fischer Progressor, Fischer rx Fire8, , Nordica Speed mach 3, Head Supershape, Head 82, Elan Speedwave 12/14, The whole race vs. off-piste thing is throwing me off. it's a start of many....
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

clarification

Racing is not important to me, I'm more of a participant than a racer. But I do sometimes like to ski fast groomers. But I'm off piste way more than 50% of the time.

Thanks for the suggestions, you've given me a start.
post #4 of 12
Ahha! That makes for a different roster of sorts but I would suggest you take a good look at a head 78 or a Dynastar LTD. I just got the 78 for just what you described. You already have a wider groomed ride covered with the Mantra so i think a 78 would be a perfect blend of soft snow and groomed carve/rippin ability. The LTD is a bit more groomer friendly but still a fantastic front side ski. You may be able to still get the pre-season price from Dawgcatching. others that may fall into yor demo list

Elan 888
mythic rider
Head 88
top fuel
Volkl AC40
post #5 of 12
I'd get a pair of Mantras. Oh wait - you've already got those. Nevermind.
post #6 of 12

Tigershark 12 or AC40

Both the 12 and 40 offer great versatiliy for front side and back side use. The 12 tends to carve a bit nicer but the 40 goes backside a bit easier. I would reccomend the Power switch on the 12 to add to the versatility if you choose to go that way.

Skied the AC4 and 40 and I liked the 40 tons more. one more layer of metal really added to the performance of the ski. If I wasn't on a TS 12 PS I would be on a 40.
post #7 of 12
There is no additional metal in the AC-40 vs the AC-4.

SJ
post #8 of 12
Go see SierraJim in Sac-town. He'll steer you right. Ask him if he's got any Nodica Afterburners leftover from last year.
post #9 of 12
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Go see SierraJim in Sac-town. He'll steer you right. Ask him if he's got any Nodica Afterburners leftover from last year.
Agree on both counts in this comment!
post #10 of 12
You ski in the Sierra, right?

Hard to think of a single ski that would handle "steeps, relatively fast, mostly off piste, some bumps maybe a club race or two" all well. But for all but the last, I'd think about something in the high-70s or low-80s with a relatively wide turn radius (low 20s?) and a fair amount of tip to tail taper. Fischer Watea 78, perhaps?
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
I'd get a pair of Mantras. Oh wait - you've already got those. Nevermind.
Mantras sounds about right actually... If you want something that is a little more hard-snow specific why don't you look at the Stockli SS Pro? It is like a big GS ski (89mm waist and TR in the mid to low 20's I think). Given where you ski I think you have the mountain pretty much covered if your bias is off-piste.

Later

GREG
post #12 of 12
Fortunately, I don't have to rely on just two skis. I own a Mantra, Gotama, Sugar Daddy, Mythic Rider, and a legend 8K. I also have numerous (like 40 or 50) demos to keep me busy. I ski about 75% off trail and no longer have anything but an academic interest in racing. If I had to limit myself to two and not ski anything else, it would be the Gotama and the Mythic. If I did have an interest in club racing, I'd probably consider an Afterburner, AC-40, Atomic Crimson or Possibly Tigershark instead of the Mythic.

Sorry, but nothing like this left from last year though.

SJ
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