Originally Posted by dookey67
i'm curious, what mountains are all you folks with only 195cm+ skis in your quiver riding?
granted before i switched to "shaped" skis last season I'd been on 198cm Rossi's, but anything over 185cm just seems HUGE for the type of everyday resort skiing we have here in Cali and the stuff I've ridden in Utah, Colo, and Whistler.
i've ridden Mammoth with folks on 195+ skis and it's like just when they get going they're at the bottom of the hill.
either some of y'all are BIG folks (6'7"ish) or you're skiing HUGE hills (please tell me where they are!) or have enough money to be flying out to AK every weekend.
which is it?
Originally Posted by nfp158
I have the same question for epic folks, and especially for the maggots over at TGR...
Where are you guys skiing the 195+ cm long, 110+ mm waisted skis....
Are y'all over 250#?.....
Tell me, tell I and I.... maggot, jer...?
How many turns top to bottom....4 or 5??
Whom RAH bless, etc..
Where to start?
Ok, first, I don't think a skis width makes it all that much harder to handle. Something 110 underfoot, 185cm, with a full tiwn tip, and really soft, is going to be a very forgiving ski, they're just going to float as well.
Second, I don't think big skis are really all that different from little skis. Sure, if you go from some 160cm carvers to 193 im103s its going to feel like a huge leap, but it wasn't long ago (three years) that I was using 175 x scream xtra hots as my one ski quiver. I started getting annoyed with the way they'd flop and bounce around at speed, so I got some AK Rocket Swallowtails. I really thought the AKs were going to dominate me, but after no more than a run or two, I was having a blast and felt like they were pretty easy to ski. Well the same thing happened a few more times, I realized I wanted a bit more stability at speed, and I bought a pair of skis that I was almost sure were going to be too much for me, just to ski them and realize they were a blast. So, eventually, I wound up with the 194 squads. Honestly, I would like them about 10% softer, but they're close enough the way they are. (BTW, when you actually ski them, they still feel stiff, but not as stiff as when you hand flex them). The biggest difference I've noticed skiing bigger skis, is that when you first get on them, they don't feel that much harder to ski, but at the end of the day, you are a lot more tired. After a few days you get used to it though.
Anyways, I'm fairly small, about 5'10", and 155lbs. I do tend to prefer steep, wide open terrain, with as few moguls as possible. I rarely head into the trees at all.
I actually find that all my skis (moments and iggies excepted, I haven't skied those yet) will make shorter, lower speed turns fine. They don't really come alive (especially the squads) till you get up some steam, but its not like you have to hop turn through anything narrower than a football field.
Anyways, I think skis like the B squads are WAY overhyped. People talk about them like you have to be some inhuman god to ski them, or some hulking giant. Just not true. Besides, the im103s feel like they are way more work to ski, but its the squads that have the rep of being the biggest and burliest. Its silly.