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Worth Renting Powder Skis?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm heading to Copper next week, and I'm wondering whether you all think it would be worth it to rent powder skis assuming one of the days we get dumped on? I'm about a level 7/8 skier and just picked up some volkl supersport s5's a month ago. I don't ski often enough to have more than one set of skis, so I'd like to know if the performance edge from powder skis would make enough of a difference to make renting them worth it. Thanks.
post #2 of 13
There is a huge difference between a 68 mm carver and a powder ski. While skiing soft snow is possible on a 5s Supersport, powder skiing is far from its intended use. Keep an eye on the forecast, and if a powder ski seems in order, be sure to pick them up the night before. You will have much more fun on a 90+ width with less shape and softer ski.
post #3 of 13
Short answer: yes, assuming you get fresh snow while you're there.

I also ski on the 5 Stars and have always struggled a bit in the powder and crud. A couple of weeks ago I was in Beaver Creek and rented a pair of Volkl Mantras for the three days of fresh - about 20 inches over the 3 days. Huge difference - the Mantras made it easy, with basically the same movements that I use on the 5 stars. I even ventured into the bottomless powder in the trees, which was something of a first for me. So, my advice is yes, get some wide boards. You'll be glad you did.

That said, if it doesn't snow while you're there, the 5 Stars will work perfectly on the groomed. No reason to waste money renting if that's the case.
post #4 of 13
YES YES YES! If you get dumped on, pow skis will allow you to enjoy it all day, not until your legs melt two hours into it... Bring your carvers, but taste that pow and feel the float and I'll bet you they won't see alot of usage. It's really not that expensive to demo. See if they have something you're curious about. You can always bring 'em back if you don't like 'em and maybe try that new carver you've heard so much about.
post #5 of 13
Skiing deep powder well on your Supersports is certainly possible, but it will require a constant phyisical balance and metal concentration between your skis adjusting float and dive. With a 95mm+ waisted fat skis one of them will almost support all your weight in the snow, so it becomes much more like hardpack skiing where you stand on one ski and then the other. It's not quite that simple, but fat skis will definitely reduce the physical and metal effort required and expotentially increase the fun factor.
post #6 of 13
Absolutely, if there is enough snow. I borrowed my friends goats last time it dumped and it was a blast. I was able to ski deep pow with so much more confidence and much more speed.
post #7 of 13
I'd say it depends on what terrain you plan on skiing in addition to what kind of snow we have out there. If it's 4" of new snow and you prefer groomers and moguls don't bother spending the money renting fat skis.

If there's more new snow than that and you want to try out the bowls and cornices and the other fun areas, then definitely get something at least 90mm underfoot to have more fun. Like Cirque said get the rental lined up a little early, but not too early to jinx it!!

Being the devils advocate though, I've been skiing my gotamas exclusively for the past two months and am having a blast even if it's not a big powder day.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the responses. Looks like I'll be heading to the rental shack the night before if I see a 6"+ day coming!
post #9 of 13
weather update for CO high country...Light snow on Wed (1-2"), Thursday night through Friday (4-8"), Sunday into Monday a large storm heading in. That should keep some of the spring breakers who aren't looking to ski great conditions inside. Go rent some pow skis and enjoy
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to update my own thread since I forgot about it after ski season. I ended up renting some Volkl Mantras the night before it dumped about 8" and they were a blast in the back bowls at Copper. Definitely "float" much better than the S5's and more stable through crud.

Since the only time I ski is when I make a trip out west, I've decided to sell the S5's and get a wider all-mountain ski.
post #11 of 13
8" of new in the back bowls at Copper on Mantras, that sounds like the perfect formula for some big fun. Glad things worked out so well for you.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by ryanjm View Post
Just wanted to update my own thread since I forgot about it after ski season. I ended up renting some Volkl Mantras the night before it dumped about 8" and they were a blast in the back bowls at Copper. Definitely "float" much better than the S5's and more stable through crud.

Since the only time I ski is when I make a trip out west, I've decided to sell the S5's and get a wider all-mountain ski.

Congrats in a wise decision. You an go wider without looking hard snow control. Or you can also keep the S5's and get a soft snow specific ski. So many choices. There are a pair of Fisher Watea 94's in the Gear Swap here, that could be a great choice for you too,
post #13 of 13
Just for the record, the Watea 94s have almost identical dimensions to the Mantras, but they have a little mellower and less demanding feel. Not quite as stable in the heavy stuff or real high speed carving, but still a sweet ski. I'm loving mine and don't have any trouble keeping up with my friends on their Mantras.
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