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Which freeride/powder ski should I add to my quiver?

post #1 of 12
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Hey all,
I just recently moved to Denver from Chicago this summer and plan to do a LOT of skiing this year and the years to come. I purchased the Volkl AC40 two years ago after hearing great things about them. I absolutely LOVE them in the hardpack and crud. There's no way I'll ever change them for that type of skiing. I'm 5'10", level 8-9 and will mostly stay on the steep stuff. I'm going to start experimenting by venturing into the Colorado backcountry this year.
However, I took them to Whistler last year when they were getting dumped on and hada little trouble skiing them in the trees/steeps. I'm looking for a ski that can double as a powder ski and backcountry ski that can perhaps ride even on hardpack if needed. I'll probably put an AT binding on them (Duke) b/c I'm going to be climbing and skiing some fourteeners in the winter here so I need something I can skin and tour on.
Anybody have any recommendations? I've looked at several skis in particular: Katana, Gotama, Coomba and Hellbents. I've head a bias towards Volkl in the past b/c I love there skis but I don't want to be narrowminded. I realize these are all somewhat different skis but anyone have any that I should zero in on and demo. Thanks.

P.S. Oh and if anyone on here lives in the Denver area and wants to rip it this winter...let me know.
post #2 of 12
4frnt EHP 186. Seems to work for Erik H, he tours and rips the snot out of mountains on them. You could ski the 193 also if you want more 'Big mountain' power.

The Katana is a really solid feeling ski that might be exactly what you are looking for, I think of it as a big Mantra. It's got some race ski DNA in it, it's solid when on edge but the slight rocker gives a loose skarvy eel in tight places.

I'd also look at the new K2 Seth ski, I don't think the Hellbent would behave very well touring under some circumstances. If you are planning on knocking off 14ers Hellbents aren't gonna be the safe option. The Coomba is ideal for ski mountaineering, but not be as fun everywhere else.

Blizzard Cronos, ripping fun ski with Duke option.
post #3 of 12
^^^^^^^^

I'd listen to Whiteroom. I heard he skied every fourteener in CO in one weekend once.
post #4 of 12
You just moved to denver from chicago, and plan on doing midwinter descents of 14ers?

I hope you don't kill yourself. Seriously.
post #5 of 12
Jer says that Sanouks are the best powder skis, so if you know what's good for you, you'd better pick up a few pair.









Sorry Jer, but I'm trying to post in all of the powder ski threads, which is no small feat, so I'm running out of things to say.
post #6 of 12
I agree. For the $$$, Sanouks can't be beat. Last year, I slapped NX21 on Sanouks, and had a blast in the pow. Last year, I also owned 190 Gotamas (pretty nice, but not nearly as floaty as Sanouks) and 179 fat BROs (floaty, but way too short for me). This year, I'm going with 186 carbon BROckers w/ Dukes.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
Jer says that Sanouks are the best powder skis, so if you know what's good for you, you'd better pick up a few pair.









Sorry Jer, but I'm trying to post in all of the powder ski threads, which is no small feat, so I'm running out of things to say.
simply by quoting you all the time I can do this as well keep up the good work soilder
post #8 of 12

Unofficial Rueles Of Engagement:

I have no author-O-tie, but here are the 'rules of engagement' I'll stick to:

First 10 posts on a topic = Legit answers and opinions
After 10 post = Have at it
Page 2+? = better not be serious, 'cause thats just a waste of pixels

Have fun, post a lot and be safe out there.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
I have no author-O-tie, but here are the 'rules of engagement' I'll stick to:

First 10 posts on a topic = Legit answers and opinions
After 10 post = Have at it
Page 2+? = better not be serious, 'cause thats just a waste of pixels

Have fun, post a lot and be safe out there.
I would agree with you but with the powder ski topic its getting out of hand, honestly if this guy just scrolled down the forum he posted in he would of got his answers.
post #10 of 12
so this is the 10 tenth post

for touring the Volkls are alittle heavy but if you doing mostly inbounds/ sidecountry than a gotama would be my pick. Its not a powder ski but ski everything pretty well.

Also the blizzards with the intergrated dukes would be a great choice as well.

but IMO the duke is kinda of usless unless your REALLY tough on skis your touring on, its best left to people who are actaully freeriding in the backcountry, and FYI a naxo/freeride can do 10 footer in powder pretty easily.

If you want fatter skis get some mount them with alpine binders and get a light set of 80-90 mm skis with some naxos or freerides or dynafits for spring touring. Spring time is the season you want to start to touring to start learning route finding and how to travel safely in the backcountry. Plus corn snow is just as sweet as powder and heck of alot safer.

Good luck and since this is the 10th post I hope noone else post.
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
Sorry Jer, but I'm trying to post in all of the powder ski threads, which is no small feat, so I'm running out of things to say.
That's almost as unpossible as skiing every 14er in CO in one weekend.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
... corn snow is just as sweet as powder and heck of alot safer.
This might just be the best piece of ski-touring advice ever...
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