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Mythic Rider + "____"? = My Colorado 2 ski quiver

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I just picked up some ' 08 Dyna Mythic Riders for my second season in CO. Spent my first season on my '04 Rossi Bandit B1s (70mm underfoot), so needless to say, I am looking forward to wider boards this year! Maybe I am getting a little over-zealous, but I can't help but think that I need (want) a powder-specific ski in my quiver.

What about the '09 Armada JJs vs. the '09 Salomon Czar? Are there any '08 skis I should look at, for cheaper? Am I getting ahead of myself, considering I don't make a boatload of money and will be lucky to get 30 days in this year???


Edit: I'm 5'9"; 175lbs. Pretty good skier, by most peoples' standards..
post #2 of 15
The MR is a great starting point so congrats there....it's killer for everyday use in the West.

I can't speak to the JJ but can speak to the "Czar" it is really good in the deeps and does not feel totally wacky out of the deep stuff either. Two other great options are the Dynastar Huge Trouble and the Volkl Katana among fairly "normal" skis.

However,there are also myriads of choices in the alternative shape category. These skis (K2 Pontoon, or Hellbent for examples) will offer even greater deep snow performance at the cost of feeling a little "odd" when you pop out of the trees.

I really like the Czar and the HT. Either of those is wide enough for me, but there are certainly lots of choices.

SJ
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Pow specific skis wouldn't be a bad idea, but if you're only getting 30 days, maybe instead of getting pow skis you should just rock the mythics and get 35 days in.
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
The MR is a great starting point so congrats there....it's killer for everyday use in the West.

I can't speak to the JJ but can speak to the "Czar" it is really good in the deeps and does not feel totally wacky out of the deep stuff either. Two other great options are the Dynastar Huge Trouble and the Volkl Katana among fairly "normal" skis.

However,there are also myriads of choices in the alternative shape category. These skis (K2 Pontoon, or Hellbent for examples) will offer even greater deep snow performance at the cost of feeling a little "odd" when you pop out of the trees.

I really like the Czar and the HT. Either of those is wide enough for me, but there are certainly lots of choices.

SJ
Thanks for the reply. I actually picked up the MRs off your site (great deal)!

At what point in the year do new model skis start to get more discounted? I could probably wait on the pow skis another month or two...
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Pow specific skis wouldn't be a bad idea, but if you're only getting 30 days, maybe instead of getting pow skis you should just rock the mythics and get 35 days in.
Not a bad idea. Who knows, maybe the MRs will open a whole new world to me this year and I won't feel like I need powder boards this season. Perhaps 35 days; or perhaps 30 days + Whistler, or J-Hole.
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Thanks for the reply. I actually picked up the MRs off your site (great deal)!

At what point in the year do new model skis start to get more discounted? I could probably wait on the pow skis another month or two...
That site was my (former) digs. Rest assured that I will be working to make similar deals available when I am settled in in my new deal.

In general, you can expect to see the '08-'09 gear start to get discounted (publicly at least) around ~~~Feb. 1-15.

Keep in mind however, that the most popular "skis du jour" may not be available in the size you want by that time.

SJ
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That site was my (former) digs. Rest assured that I will be working to make similar deals available when I am settled in in my new deal.

In general, you can expect to see the '08-'09 gear start to get discounted (publicly at least) around ~~~Feb. 1-15.

Keep in mind however, that the most popular "skis du jour" may not be available in the size you want by that time.

SJ
Good info. I'll stay posted for when you get up and running. Best of luck!
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The MR is a great starting point so congrats there....it's killer for everyday use in the West.
SJ
I can't seem to find it, but I recall one of your reviews mentioning that although you liked the Mythic for most condtions in Tahoe, it was not your favorite in lighter snow conditions.

I bring this up because I was talking with JMD the other day and we were talking about the importance of looking not only at how much someone liked a ski, but where they skied them.
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Originally Posted by champagneforbreakfast View Post
...Am I getting ahead of myself, considering I don't make a boatload of money and will be lucky to get 30 days in this year???
Last year in the Alps, 1 skied about 60 days (including every powder day) in a good snow year and only thought there was one day that I would have liked to have something wider than the 96 mm Atuas that I picked up mid season.

However, expecting to get in 60-80 days this year in CO (and probably the same going forward), I decided to tentatively go with two freeride skis- Watea 84 & Scott P4.

If cash were tight and I couldn't hit all the powder days, then I would expect that the Mythic would have you covered most of the time.

FWIW, I only have a few hours on the Mythics, but a friend in France who is a very good skier really liked them as his 1 ski quiver last year- good both on and off piste.
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Originally Posted by champagneforbreakfast View Post
Not a bad idea. Who knows, maybe the MRs will open a whole new world to me this year and I won't feel like I need powder boards this season. Perhaps 35 days; or perhaps 30 days + Whistler, or J-Hole.
Seriously, there's a Christy's on every corner out there... Demo some uber-fatties and then go from there!
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I can't seem to find it, but I recall one of your reviews mentioning that although you liked the Mythic for most condtions in Tahoe, it was not your favorite in lighter snow conditions.

I bring this up because I was talking with JMD the other day and we were talking about the importance of looking not only at how much someone liked a ski, but where they skied them.
The qualities that I appreciate about the MR are that it is very stable and predictable in typical Tahoe "Powder" and the loose, broken, choppy and mixed snow that is the 90% reality of that area. Assuming roughly equal widths, the characteristic that is most operative in that rare (for us) light snow condition is flex. On that day, the MR did not bend as readily as the other skis therefore was not as easy going. On most other days, the MR was the preferred ski.

Perfection ain't out there.

SJ
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Seriously, there's a Christy's on every corner out there... Demo some uber-fatties and then go from there!
Good call. I'll try to demo some when a storm hits. Meanwhile, I need to find a job that allows me to get in more than 30 days... SJ, let me know if you need a finance guy!!
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Last year in the Alps, 1 skied about 60 days (including every powder day) in a good snow year and only thought there was one day that I would have liked to have something wider than the 96 mm Atuas that I picked up mid season.

However, expecting to get in 60-80 days this year in CO (and probably the same going forward), I decided to tentatively go with two freeride skis- Watea 84 & Scott P4.

If cash were tight and I couldn't hit all the powder days, then I would expect that the Mythic would have you covered most of the time.

FWIW, I only have a few hours on the Mythics, but a friend in France who is a very good skier really liked them as his 1 ski quiver last year- good both on and off piste.
Thanks. This is good advice. In reality, I'm usually skiing busted up snow unless a storm hits on the weekend..then it's a race for the hills. So I'm probably not going to get more than a handful a true blower pow days. The plan is: Demo and see what the fuss is about, then add on to the quiver next year.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
The qualities that I appreciate about the MR are that it is very stable and predictable in typical Tahoe "Powder" and the loose, broken, choppy and mixed snow that is the 90% reality of that area. Assuming roughly equal widths, the characteristic that is most operative in that rare (for us) light snow condition is flex. On that day, the MR did not bend as readily as the other skis therefore was not as easy going. On most other days, the MR was the preferred ski.

Perfection ain't out there.

SJ
Great advice Jim....as always

I didn't know you were no longer associated with that website. Please let us know when you resettle.

I'm about the same size as the original poster and ski 35-40 days yearly - mostly at Vail.

MR was my go-to ski last year and got most of the love.
Nordica Mach 3 carbon for hard snow days.
Volkl Sanouks for the (too infrequent) deep pow days.

Sanouks are a bit one-dimensional and I'm thinking of getting Huge Troubles for deeper days on the advice of Sierra Jim & Dawgcatching.

Sanouks are simply sick in pure untouched pow, but are very soft and get tossed too easily in the chop & crud. I'm hoping the Huge Trouble will be a bit more well rounded at the expense of slightly less pure pow performance. Any comments here Jim, or do you think I'm nuts?
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Any comments here Jim, or do you think I'm nuts?
Nutz? Not at all. Given your gripe with the Sanouk, the HT is a great choice.

SJ
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