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a 1-quiver ski for Tahoe

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, bear with me, you of the multi-quivers....

My ski car is a 1996 Mazda Miata w/snows....NO ROOM!
I had to sell my beloved Honda Element AWD, because the Arnold eliminated my schoolteacher job, and I needed to make ends meet...

I have now a 177cm Head iM78 which is a terrific all-around ski but it gets knocked around in Sierra cement...
I am 155#, level8/9, former ski instructor, cyclist, 40-on/60-off piste.

I am looking to replace the iM78 with:
178 Fischer Watea 94, used or
183 Gotama 07/08, used..

I need BEARS' advice on these choices, or others that would fit the bill......
Thanks...
post #2 of 14
Hey Neil, I though you just got some Mantras

Pretty good choice, but if I was choosing from the list you gave, it would be the Gotama.

I remember back in about 1994 I was working in Eureka for Louisiana Pacific. I flew on a business trip to San Francisco and ended up in a rental Miata. LOL, I had the top down because I'm far too tall in the upper body to sit in that car. I drove all over SF with my head above the windshield, like you would on a motorcycle. That had to be a sight. Pity the poor bald guy with me, who ended the day with a hella sunburn on his head.

Miata and snow don't go together. But you know that.
post #3 of 14
2nd the Gotama.

and 2nd the Mantra comment. I use the mantra has my main ski, which means every thing but deep days or hard snow days.
post #4 of 14
I actually sold nfp158 my 177 first gen Mantras 2 seasons ago...

not sure if he ever got out on 'em or if he passed them along to a relative.

you know where I stand:

180 AK King Salmon

OR

Lib Tech NAS Freeride (comes in like a 177 and 188).

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
I actually sold nfp158 my 177 first gen Mantras 2 seasons ago...

not sure if he ever got out on 'em or if he passed them along to a relative.

you know where I stand:

180 AK King Salmon

OR

Lib Tech NAS Freeride (comes in like a 177 and 188).

I prefer my salmon grilled on a plank with a little brown sugar and spices. mmmmmmmm


Sorry, couldn't resist
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Mantras were passed on to one of my boys, and I didn't even get to try them ..

Thanks for the input, you guys...
post #7 of 14
And the 2nd set of Mantras for one of his boys will be on the way Monday.

I skied the Mantras 9 days last season and given that I'm an upper intermediate who skis a good amount of advanced terrain I'm not sure my ability was up to them.
post #8 of 14
post #9 of 14
I've skied Tahoe with Mantras and Goats, would take the Mantras (or iM88's) if I could only choose one ski for every day and really spent 40% of my time frontside. Better on stiff crud and hardpack, better for AT if you like Dukes, quicker trees, and when there's two feet of cement, neither will be a whole lot different/equally bad (we're talking 9 mm here, y'know)
post #10 of 14
I have 183 Goats (06-07) as my 1-ski quiver in Tahoe (I'm 170#s/6'1"). They definitely do the job if you're going 60% off piste. They're fine on piste so long as the edges are sharp. Off piste, they're excellent in crud/cut-up, and even though they don't float like rockered/r.c. skis, they float well enough to enjoy them.

My backup skis are Head Mojo 90s (176), which I use to ski with wife or friends who ski slower, practice riding switch, etc. The 176 Mojos 90s are too short for a 1-ski quiver for me, but you're a few pounds lighter/a few inches shorter. The Mojo 90s would fit the bill and can be found for decent prices (avail in 186 also).

If I didn't have these two pairs, I'd check out dookey's suggestion of the AKs or some PM Gear Bros (the 183s are made by AK if you special order; see tgr)...
post #11 of 14
i think you can still score the AK King Salmons from Cornice Sports @ Kirkwood for well under $500 (I think like low $400s).

they also had the Bros (183's and 170ish) that were made by AK for demo last season and may have them again.

worth a call.

the King Salmon is pretty versatile and is kind of Old School in its feel. I have the No Ka Oi (the narrower ski with a 78 waist) and last season Bong got on it for a few runs @ A-Basin and really dug it. I didn't have my Kings with me, but feel he prolly woulda loved those, too.

while my Kings didn't get much love last season (I switched to the Libbys), they are a solid ski and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anybody.

fwiw, Sierra Jim had a pair of the Kings, mounted, for sale at Sierra Snowboard at the end of last season/beginning of the summer. might be worth a call...
post #12 of 14
FWIIW, I got a pair of Dynastar Mythic Riders last year and now my two other skis (narrower and wider than MRs) are mostly sitting in the garage. I take my "powder" boards out only if it is really, really deep. To me. MR is as close to the ideal Tahoe ski as they get, wide enough, stable enough and quick enough to be fun.

Alex
post #13 of 14
I have 10 pairs of one quiver skis at my house
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input, bears...

So far.....Mantras, Goats, King Salmon, Mythic Rider, and 10 pairs of 1-quiver skis at crgildart's house (lol)..

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