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One Ski Quiver for Banff (sunshine/lake louise/norquay)

post #1 of 13
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if you were to visit the above areas at the beg. of February and were tied to one pair of skis, what would be the optimum choice.

things to consider:

more used to euro hard pack than east coast powder, not mastered that yet.

they will be skied for two weeks back to back.

at the moment more used to Atomic GS + Metrons, but am willing to listen to options and reason.

cheers
post #2 of 13
assuming that you are average in size, and ability (blue, some black, more groomed)

get something that is 70-80mm under foot and under 20m side cut in 170ish cm
post #3 of 13
I agree with mntlion, except I would say 180 cm.
post #4 of 13
In Banff. Why not 80+ under foot?
post #5 of 13
So my 68mm 163cms will be useless there?
post #6 of 13
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So my 68mm 163cms will be useless there?
If you'll be riding powder; yes
post #7 of 13
The 70-80mm suggestion is a good one, inching up to the 75-85 range would work too. Banff can have big dumps like anywhere, but it can also have dry spells, and things can tend to get pretty hard there, particularly at Lake Louise. A few inches of loose stuff on top of a pretty hard base is not uncommon, so something with some good carving abilities is a plus.

Have a look at the Head iM78, been getting some good reviews both around here and in the publications, and would do very well out there.
post #8 of 13
I was assuming that you where looking for more of a groomed ski, less powder.

if we get a dump rent some fatter skis for a day.....
post #9 of 13
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I was assuming that you where looking for more of a groomed ski, less powder.

if we get a dump rent some fatter skis for a day.....

thanks for the tips folks, I agree mntlion, I may just rent some fatter skis for a couple of days, when it dumps...

how are the conditions shaping up this year? And would you be able to advise with some local information for our visit?

thanks
post #10 of 13
I enjoyed skiing at these areas with the Dynastar Contact 11 last year. This ski is called the "Limited" for '08. The ski was wide enough for the knee deep snow in the bowls, could carve-up the groomers and was great in the moguls.

I would also consider the Head Monster 78, the Fischer Autea 84 and the Atomic Nomad Crimson.

See this thread for a trip report: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ighlight=banff

Michael
post #11 of 13
One ski quivers are great, as long as you have all the other skis too.

Seriously, you said you are used to Metrons. They seem to be out of style on this board, but last time I skied Louise, that's what I used. If I were going there on some random day with no idea what to expect, I'd bring them again.
post #12 of 13
I ski the Alberta Rockies all the time (Sunshine, Lake Louise and Marmot) and my favorite 2 skies there are the Volkl AC4 or Atomic B5 but for the deep days I bring the Gotamas
post #13 of 13
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how are the conditions shaping up this year? And would you be able to advise with some local information for our visit?

thanks

poor so far, but it is early yet, stay tuned, the next 3 days a system will come in cold and with snow, if it leaves below freezing we should be set, if it rains up high, well not good.


info: sure, what you want to know?
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