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Whose gear is better for Cat skiing?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm going to do a little Cat skiing near Steamboat.

The outfit provides a powder ski, a Salomon Sandstorm (135-101-126mm) in a long length, that's included in the price.

Should I use their gear or bring my own?

I would like to use mine.. but... it might be more practical to use their gear as rock skis.

Michael
post #2 of 14
The Sandstorms are a ski I was wanting to try. They are supposed to be pretty good. Don't remember what your options are, but I would think about them.
post #3 of 14
I ski the Sandstorm(187), they're excellent. I would say the only reason to go to something else is if you're a little uncertian about your powder technique. In that case I'd look for something wider all-around, maybe shorter, perhaps a twin tip.
post #4 of 14
Skis get repeatedly loaded and unloaded in the basket on the back of the cat and beat up during the ride. If they give you skis I suggest that you use their's, instead of abusing yours. Plus, you get to ski on what they consider a good ski for their conditions. Heck, it's a free demo of a great ski, why not go for it.
post #5 of 14
naw, you NEED to smear some butter.

take your Spats.
post #6 of 14
its not like you can break spats anyways.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
I found out today that I could be handed a Pocket Rocket or something as old.

I'm bringing da Spats!

Michael
post #8 of 14
What outfitter are you going with? I'm taking my son at Christmas for his first trip. We're going with Steamboat Powder Cats.

Steve
post #9 of 14
Steve, its the same outfitter. Kent runs a great program up there. What date are you going? Hopefully you booked already? Yes, theya re PR's. I am skiing with Michael, I think I am taking my Watea94's.
post #10 of 14
Oh yea, booked a couple months ago. My son is 14 and I promised when he could handle it I'd take him. It's a Christmas surprise. We're booked on the 30th. I'm taking my own skis but when I asked for my son they said PRs. When I told them he was 6-2 230 they said they also had some Guns in 185. I've got Elan 999s for me.
post #11 of 14
One thing to remember when cat skiing is the powder might be a few days old allowing it to be set-up some by sun and/or wind. While its still great skiing you need a ski that will cut through firmer powder. I have some PRs and would not consider them an ideal choice unless you like to ski at moderate speeds. If the Guns are 185cm they are the old model and are pretty much the same ski as the PRs. I would think something like the Sandstorms or current Guns would be a much better choice.
post #12 of 14
That's good to know Rio. I'm not a big Salomon fan so I didn't know the Guns were the same. I'll bring his PE's just in case.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post
That's good to know Rio. I'm not a big Salomon fan so I didn't know the Guns were the same. I'll bring his PE's just in case.
The first generation Guns which are dark blue and orange are the Pocket Rockets reportedly stiffened a little. I keep hearing different stories on whether there really was a difference or not.....I didn't notice anything discernable. The later Guns (which are light blue) are stiffer especially in the tip. The 188cm version of the later Guns is even stiffer with an extra layer of titanium in them.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
Skis get repeatedly loaded and unloaded in the basket on the back of the cat and beat up during the ride. If they give you skis I suggest that you use their's, instead of abusing yours. Plus, you get to ski on what they consider a good ski for their conditions. Heck, it's a free demo of a great ski, why not go for it.

I agree, I would even consider using the PR's if it's still rocky.
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