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Best all mountain for the east thats good on bumps?

post #1 of 14
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I'm 6', 200 lbs. Mostly ski east with occassional trips west for a week or two. I'm looking for a ski that does it all. A lot of my day is spent on bumps and trees in typical New England snow conditions. If you had to buy just one ski for everything, what would it be? What are you completely sold on, dedicated too and would recommend to a friend without question?
post #2 of 14
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I'm 6', 200 lbs. Mostly ski east with occassional trips west for a week or two. I'm looking for a ski that does it all. A lot of my day is spent on bumps and trees in typical New England snow conditions. If you had to buy just one ski for everything, what would it be? What are you completely sold on, dedicated too and would recommend to a friend without question?
Boy jjonas, you have opened yourself up for a bunch of suggestions, many bolstered by people who swear by a certain brand loyality. Please remember what's good for one isn't always good for others. There's so many variations of skiing abilities and comfort zones out there. Get ready to be deluged.:

My advice, this is the time of year that ski shops are dumping their inventory. there are some great deals out there right now. And there are so many good skis. Just about every ski manufacturer has great quality skis of similar sidecuts and widths. So, giving that info, look for a midfat with a waist around 78 or so in a length around 176 to 181, that has a turn radius of anywhere from 17 to 21 and you're going to find a good all round versatile ski that will help you feel comfortable doing what you want.

You have to do the rest. Research sales online and in shops and look for the deal you can afford and take from there. Rossignol, Volkl, K2, Solomon, they're all good.
post #3 of 14
Twintips. When i compete in moguls I use my rossi moguls, everywhere else sometimes even when I train i will use my rossi scraches. They are a rock solid ski, do nice gs turns if bindings are mounted back, great on jumps rails, and float well over powder and hardpack.
post #4 of 14
Dynastar legend 8K in a 177. I'm 5'10", 175 lbs and it is what I ski 80% of the time.
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Dynastar legend 8K in a 177. I'm 5'10", 175 lbs and it is what I ski 80% of the time.
No offense, but what skis best in your conditions might not here in the East where our base is usually boilerplate blue ice.
post #6 of 14
Lars,

No doubt the terrain/snow I ski is different from you. However, I find the 8K great on the groomers and great in the trees/bumps. I also have dropped into some steep chutes and thought it had very good edge hold. Yeah, the snow out here is definitely softer, but the 8K is not really a soft snow specialist. I would think that there are some guys out East skiing the Dynastar 8K.

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Just about every ski manufacturer has great quality skis of similar sidecuts and widths. So, giving that info, look for a midfat with a waist around 78 or so in a length around 176 to 181, that has a turn radius of anywhere from 17 to 21 and you're going to find a good all round versatile ski that will help you feel comfortable doing what you want..
BTW, the 8K fits the exact criteria you previously listed.
post #7 of 14
Supershape magnum.

It's quick, feels light on the snow, handles mixed snow conditions great, is fun in bumps. It's a great all around ski.

You could buy something wider, but unless you go WAY wider you won't get much better float and you'll lose a lot of nimble-ness.
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Originally Posted by seattle_sun View Post
Lars,

No doubt the terrain/snow I ski is different from you. However, I find the 8K great on the groomers and great in the trees/bumps. I also have dropped into some steep chutes and thought it had very good edge hold. Yeah, the snow out here is definitely softer, but the 8K is not really a soft snow specialist. I would think that there are some guys out East skiing the Dynastar 8K.



BTW, the 8K fits the exact criteria you previously listed.
I'll go along with that. Good reasoning
post #9 of 14
I would say SuperShape, but I weight 165 lbs. Maybe the Magnum will work for you; I found it lacking in edge grip compared to the regular supershape and the supershape speed. The supershape speed is great, but a little too race-like for bumps. Fischer WC SC is my Eastern ski. I think it rips everywhere, though it is a little out of its element when the snow gets to around 40 cm or so, and a slightly longer turn radius might work better sometimes (an SX12 would be better most places, but not in bumps). Your mileage may vary.
post #10 of 14
I hear the Rossi Z9 is good in the bumps, but I never really skied mine there. I suppose they might have been though.

What a useful post... I'll go back to watching TV. :
post #11 of 14
Lots of crazy suggestions here....wow.

I'd say the 179 public enemy or the longest size of the Dynastar Troublemaker (182?).

I ski 50+ days a year at Killington, and those are by far the two most popular freeskiing midfats for people whos spend lots of time in the bumps. The PE is better in powder and is beefier, but the TM is the better bumper. They are both all over Killington on the feet of advanced and expert skiers....a place where you can see powder trees, bumps and icy groomers all on the same day.

Stay FAR, FAR away from any carving skis...please.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your suggestions. I've had a few recommendations for the Dynastar Legend 8000 but have read and heard some mixed reviews. Some have said they're good all around ski but a little uninspiring. I know...I'll have to demo and be the judge.

Anyone find that truely inspirational ski? One that puts a smile on your face no matter what is thrown at you.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by jjonas View Post
Thank you for all your suggestions. I've had a few recommendations for the Dynastar Legend 8000 but have read and heard some mixed reviews. Some have said they're good all around ski but a little uninspiring. I know...I'll have to demo and be the judge.

Anyone find that truely inspirational ski? One that puts a smile on your face no matter what is thrown at you.

Well, personally I like the 186cm Head IM88, but it's more of an all around ski...

PE's....trust me.
post #14 of 14
Come to think of it, the best ski I've had in the bumps were my Rossi Scratch FS's. Twins are pretty cool in the bumps if you aren't really hammering them.
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