Originally Posted by faceplant
Hi im a college student in northern Vermont an i ski at smuggs a couple days a week. I have been skiing on an atomic SX-B5 158cm (5'9 150lbs and can ski). So far this year we have had a couple descent size storms and this stiff ski is horrible in powder, it just sinks. I love this ski on groomers, ice (ice is nice), crud and well anything except powder. I am looking to invest in a second pair of skis for powderdays that can hold their own in the trees and preferably are able to carve decently. I skied a pair of the discontinued Volkl karmas and loved them. I am currently looking at the Volkl Bridge. I would like a twin tip to mess around with (i don't spend much park). I also want a stiff ski. Does anybody have any suggestions for this dream ski.
First off, you can probably go with a longer ski. People are hesistant at first to increase length because they feel so mobile with short skis, but I went from a 163 to a 177 (I'm also 5'9) and it was amzing, your a lot lighter than I am, by a solid 40 lbs, so maybe coming from a 158, a 169 Volkl would do just fine, but you could get away with a 177 also especially if you feel like you might put on some weight. Anyway, I highly recommend the Volkls. I had a pair of Karma's which were amazing (discontinued) and now have the bridges (haven't skiied them yet, but they will be equally amazing I'm sure). I might recommend the Wall for you over the Bridge, it is less wide, )bridge is 92, wall is 87, but considering this is your first twin-tip and you still want a good carver, the Wall might be your best bet. The Wall has the same waist (underfoot width) as the Karma did @87mm. I think since you skiied the karmas and loved em, the Wall would be the natural choice. Plus if you don't need the extra width that the Bridge gives, go with the Wall, it looks cooler in IMO