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I am ready to pull the trigger on a new pair of skis and want to make sure I am making a good decision. My situation is that I cannot have a large quiver because 1) I live in a congested metro area, and having extra room for storing skies and stuff can run close to a grand a month (similarly, parking and insurance costs more than leasing a brand-new bimmer, but that’s another problem); 2) I have to fly every time I want to SKI, and two pairs of skies (mine and Ms’) is about as much as I can comfortably carry.

To make matters worse, I like doing pretty much everything on the mountain – I cannot say I am a front side or backside person. Although I am probably more of a resort skier/weekend racer type. That means I will not hike or heli ski 95% of the time…

So I decided to do the following – buy a more front side, stiff and racy, but rather versatile ski, that could get me through all frontside + forest, glades and ungroomed dense powder and crud, and supplement it by renting real powder ski whenever there is a big dump of fresh stuff. Obviously, I do not have to worry about what to rent now, and as for what to buy, I decided to go with Volkl Tigershark 12 ft (with switch). I was actually going to go with AC 40s, but realized that if I am not going to use it in deep powder anyway, I might as well go with something stiffer and more energetic, for those moments then I want to play.

Unfortunately I cannot demo skis – no snow here, and I want to be set with a pair by the time I’m going to Colorado or Whistler…

So is tigershark something that can work as a 90% of the time ski for a resort skier (aggressive and athletic level 7+) that likes fast runs on the front side + finesse exercises in the forest and does my idea of pseudo two-ski quiver make sense?