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This site is fantastic. Thanks to all who are spending their time to keep it that way-
I’ve explored other routes and end up with more questions than answers, so thought I’d try the “sit back and watch the Bears go to work” approach.

Profile: Male 6’ 2” and 185 pounds and been skiing for 40 plus years. Typically only a week or two a year, and most conditions in either BC or CO. Runs can be blacks and doubles excepting big bumps and extreme terrain. Love the bowls but in-bounds only. (An 8 or 9 but not enough legs for extensive bumps). I rollerblade 20 plus miles a week, so physical strength is adequate, but probably minimal for a decent skier.

For 2009 I’m taking a month off to ski in the Breck area, and want to get some new boards. I have skied the Axis in plenty of 6 to 12” powder days, and they seem fine. Not sure if I should get another more current “all mountain”, or pack both the K2’s and some powder oriented skis.
Any and all comments and ski suggestions appreciated-
Thanks.
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What kind of K2's do you have currently?
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What kind of K2's do you have currently?
I think he has the K2 Axis, not sure which generation, but mid-70s waist.
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If you can afford it, getting a fatter set of skis to complement the K2's would make sense; in a month you should see some decent powder. Suggestions:

Seths
Goats
Guns

each unusually versatile, each fairly forgiving, each will make you forget your skinny skis except on hard days...
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I think he has the K2 Axis, not sure which generation, but mid-70s waist.
D'oh! Totally missed that!
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Thread Starter 
>>>fatter set of skis to complement the K2's would make sense; in a month you should see some decent powder. Suggestions:

Seths
Goats
Guns<<<

Thanks- Goats keep coming up, and were high on my list of replacements along with the PE's. I wasn't sure if the Axis ('02 or 03) were completely obsolete, or worth keeping in the quiver. February (Breck) always seems to to have some 6 to 8" days, but probably not the Utah type dumps-
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Love the Goats, like the Seths, hated the Guns - all have their proponents. For what you are describing, the recommendations that Beyond mentions are spot on. Why not keep your current skis - if they work for you, what's the reason to ditch them? The Goats or Seths can be used in a variety of conditions, so they're versatile, but not great for ice or hardpack. I simply can't recommend the Guns (and that's a matter of personal preference in ski feel; not saying that they might not feel great to someone else).
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after having gone through 2 major quivers in the past 3 seasons i am fastly becoming a believer in just picking 2 skis and sticking with them.

this season i have predominantly ridden 2 skis:

188 Lib Tech NAS Mt. Bakers (aka their "free ride" model) @ 99/93mm in the waist

185 Volant Spatula @ 125mm in the waist and reverse camber

The other 3 skis in my current quiver haven't seen much action and I've been skiing in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and California in a wide variety of conditions all season.

I am starting to believe you can make do with a 90ish waisted ski for every day use (it helps that mine come with "Magnetraction," which turns "ice into shaved ice") and a super fat for powder days. Everything else just seems like extra baggage (to wit, I took 5 pairs of skis with me to Colorado for 14 days and only rode the Libbys and the Spats, except for one day when the Libbys were in the shop getting waxed).

Keep it simple. And as my buddy MTT is fond of saying: "Pick one ski and make it your b#tch."
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Followup - Dookey speaks the truth about waists out west. I now use a shortish 89 mm as my "frontside" ski, when it hasn't snowed in a while and/or I'm hanging with friends/family who don't like swooping the backside, and my much longer Goats for the back, sides, open trees, hiking, or even crud and chop on/around the groomed. They're great in spring goop too. I save my carvers for the east, where we actually have ice.

But that said, if I owned a perfectly good pair of 70 somethings I liked, I'd keep them for frontside duties. Less overlap with a 105-110.
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If you've skied the Axis in 12" pow days, I doubt you need a full-on pow canoe. If you want a ski that can rip all but the deepest days in the Breck area, perhaps you should look at the Head Mojo 90. It's an 89 waist and like beyond and dookey said, it's nice to have the versatility for all over the mountain, whether you like the trees, bowls, fresh pow or the trails. I own and love the Mojo 90 and peddle it to whoever is looking for a new ski for big mountains that will do EVERYTHING WELL as I feel it is the perfect ski for anything above 1" and under 13". I skied Breck in Jan. and tried both the AC40 and the PE while I was there- but now that I know, I would have given my middle nut to have had my mojos out there, as they would have been perfect in Breck's beautiful tree areas around the horseshoe bowl and below. If you don't want to take my word for it, ask Johnny Moseley, US olympic WC skier. They're his board of choice, and I just heard someone on this site say yesterday that he personally recommended the Mojo 90 to them as an excellent all around ski in Colorado. Besides, in the unlikely event you will get absolutely dumped on, you can always demo a superfat for that day to see if it would be worth it to have one for your quiver. Good luck and enjoy the "relax and let the bears handle it" approach!
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>>>perhaps you should look at the Head Mojo 90. <<<

Will do-
Sounds like I should be looking at the Watea 94 too.
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Skis

Millt. It is really a crap shoot to recommend skis for you. What are you lookingt for in a ski, where are you going to ski it, what type of conditions are you looking to ski, on piste or off piste, deep powder or powder on a base. Do you like a quick ski, a damp ski, a lively ski, med radius turns or cranking on fast SG turns etc. etc.

Use the search facet ofr Epic and you can read about skis of all types. some good reviews. then Demo for yourself.

Glad you like Epic.
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If you've skied the Axis in 12" pow days, I doubt you need a full-on pow canoe. If you want a ski that can rip all but the deepest days in the Breck area, perhaps you should look at the Head Mojo 90. It's an 89 waist and like beyond and dookey said, it's nice to have the versatility for all over the mountain, whether you like the trees, bowls, fresh pow or the trails. I own and love the Mojo 90 and peddle it to whoever is looking for a new ski for big mountains that will do EVERYTHING WELL as I feel it is the perfect ski for anything above 1" and under 13".
Besides, in the unlikely event you will get absolutely dumped on, you can always demo a superfat for that day to see if it would be worth it to have one for your quiver. Good luck and enjoy the "relax and let the bears handle it" approach!
Like DoWork, anyone that asks about a ski for all the mountain, who says they have skill, I mention the Movement Thunder to. See a few reviews here.
http://www.ski-review.com/content/view/486/30/
Frankly, I love these skis. As mentioned, they are preettty, and have bomber construction. An advanced skier will absolutely rip the snot out of the entire mountain on them and for me are used into about 6" of powder (after that I switch to my Goliaths) I am not a good bump skier, so I use a softer ski on days I want to hit runs that are bumped out. If you are a level 9 skier, you will destroy the bumps on these things, as you blast down the mountain at mach looney.
The brand is still a sleeper in the U.S., but trust me on this, they were so much fun, and just such a solid ski in all conditions, that I sold my AC4's after a few days on them.
Have fun shopping.
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