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Choose 2 skis from quiver my to take to Utah

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'll be in Utah in 2 weeks. Help me choose 2 skis from my small quiver to take with me.

Here are the choices:

Volkl 6 Star
Atomic M:EX
Dynastar Troublemaker
K2 Apache Chief

Edit: Oops that title should say from "my quiver"...better get some coffee!
post #2 of 18
K2 Apache chief and Dynastar troublemakers
post #3 of 18
I'll second the Apache Chiefs.

I would suggest the Atomic m:ex.
post #4 of 18
FAT!!! Pushing snow around with your skiboots is an insult to the epic Utah pow!
post #5 of 18
Chiefs and the M:EXs. I ski there regularly and use my M:Exs, and 101 waisted Wateas when it dumps. Unless you plan on spending all your time in the bumps or on groomed runs (In which case why would you go to Utah?), you don't need anything under 84mm in the waist. The only exception would be in the spring if everything goes through a melt freeze and it hasn't snowed again, in which case bring you best ice skates.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm leaning toward mudfoot's suggestion. I find the M:EX's carve nice on the groomers too.

I didn't realize this extra dilemma of having a quiver would create! Man I am glad I only have four!
post #7 of 18
At Alta and Snowbird you have skiing on every aspect, so you can get a huge variety of snow conditions. I've found that my M:EXs are a great all mountain tool for Utah. They really do carve well on hardpack and are a pretty decent bump ski, but they shine in the curd that will probably be the majority of what you will be skiing. If it does dump then you can go fat with the Chiefs. I think you've got it covered.

Hopefully you'll have a week where you can leave the M:Exs in the car. Enjoy!
post #8 of 18
I hadn't started to think about it. But I have the same dilemma coming up. I'll take two of the following Coombas, Mantras and AC 30's. The Coombas will go for sure and then if there is fresh snow or a chance of fresh I'll take the mantras. But if it's older snow I'll go with the AC 30's.

Time to start looking at the weather forecasts.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by couloir8 View Post
I hadn't started to think about it. But I have the same dilemma coming up. I'll take two of the following Coombas, Mantras and AC 30's. The Coombas will go for sure and then if there is fresh snow or a chance of fresh I'll take the mantras. But if it's older snow I'll go with the AC 30's.

Time to start looking at the weather forecasts.
You're going to bring Coombas and use Mantras on powder days?

Just checking to make sure I'm reading that right.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

Hopefully you'll have a week where you can leave the M:Exs in the car. Enjoy!
So what is the magic number for that I should go by?
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
So what is the magic number for that I should go by?
7-8-9
post #12 of 18
K2 & 6star
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
K2 Apache chief and Dynastar troublemakers
This is correct.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
So what is the magic number for that I should go by?
In Utah it's not always easy to tell from the morning report, because it can snow so hard. One of my great powder days started with a 5:00 am Alta report of 0" new, but snowing. By the time the chairs opened they had 4" at the bottom and by 1:00 almost a foot. You gotta love that "lake effect."

The Trouble Makers or 6 Stars would certainly work as a non-powder ski, but I like my M:EXs as a regular Utah ski because you are almost always skiing some kind of crud, which is where the M:EXs excell. They will also lay out a stable high speed carve on Regulator Johnson if that's what you need. M:EXs will work really well as a powder/cud ski for me up to about 8", and I have enjoyably skied them in much deeper, but I usually go to my fattest ski as soon as there is enough to ski the steeps without feeling anything stiff underneath, which is usually around 8", depending on the density of the snow.

If you are a bumper or end up going after a long drought or melt/freeze you may want to condisder one of the better carvers instead, but my vote is for the M:EXs. OTOH, BushwackerinPA skis the Bird on a regular basis, so he knows what he is talking about. Bottom line is that they are having a good year and the forecast for the next week looks promising, so you should find good skiing on whatever skis you take.
post #15 of 18
Just to be clear, Coombas for real powder days. After that it's between the mantras and the AC30s.
post #16 of 18
Mantras. . Forget the AC30s.
post #17 of 18
I know I'm in the minority, but I just don't seem to like the Mantras as much as most of the people on this board. If it's snowed within the last couple days I'll go on the Mantras, otherwise it's the AC 30's for me.
post #18 of 18
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I know I'm in the minority, but I just don't seem to like the Mantras as much as most of the people .....
You're the second person I've heard say that.

Out of curiosity, did you ever ski the old Explosivs?
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