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Heading to Breck or Keystone on Saturday. I just picked up a pair of Nordica Enforcers so I REALLY want to get on them, but I'm guessing there's not going to be much snow, and I certainly don't want to blow them up on a rock. But they're NEW SKIS!!!!!! (well, new to me at least).

So, should I just ski them anyway, or park em and pull out the RC4's and stick to the groomers? Any chance it's supposed to snow a foot or two before Saturday?
post #2 of 16
Stick to the Groomers don't want to end your season early. Broken body parts are not cheap to fix.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by jayhawkskier View Post
Heading to Breck or Keystone on Saturday. I just picked up a pair of Nordica Enforcers so I REALLY want to get on them, but I'm guessing there's not going to be much snow, and I certainly don't want to blow them up on a rock. But they're NEW SKIS!!!!!! (well, new to me at least).

So, should I just ski them anyway, or park em and pull out the RC4's and stick to the groomers? Any chance it's supposed to snow a foot or two before Saturday?
If you're somewhat careful you should be able to rock your Enforcers at Breck. They have a decent base. If you know how tune edges and fix core shots then have fun and repair any dings at the end of the day.
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Heading to Breck or Keystone on Saturday. I just picked up a pair of Nordica Enforcers so I REALLY want to get on them, but I'm guessing there's not going to be much snow, and I certainly don't want to blow them up on a rock. But they're NEW SKIS!!!!!! (well, new to me at least).

So, should I just ski them anyway, or park em and pull out the RC4's and stick to the groomers? Any chance it's supposed to snow a foot or two before Saturday?
go to loveland ski where ever is open.
post #5 of 16
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go to loveland ski where ever is open.
If you're worried about dings, rocks, stumps etc, there are things in open areas at Loveland that you won't like. I put a pretty good gouge on a ski due to one of the many rocks poking up in open terrain. A friend nearly head planted on another one (it scared his helmet cam enough that it quit filming for the rest of the day too).

It still was a ton of fun and I'm going back...but if you're wanting pristine conditions with little risk to your skis...open terrain at Loveland doesn't guarantee it.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Wannabe View Post
If you're worried about dings, rocks, stumps etc, there are things in open areas at Loveland that you won't like. I put a pretty good gouge on a ski due to one of the many rocks poking up in open terrain. A friend nearly head planted on another one (it scared his helmet cam enough that it quit filming for the rest of the day too).

It still was a ton of fun and I'm going back...but if you're wanting pristine conditions with little risk to your skis...open terrain at Loveland doesn't guarantee it.
you havent seen my skis have you?

Any skis you buy are rock skis from day one, once you realize this its alot easier skiing.
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
you havent seen my skis have you?

Any skis you buy are rock skis from day one, once you realize this its alot easier skiing.
But then again...you aren't the original poster. He sounds like he wants to keep his skis nice.

Me, I'm probably more like you...
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
you havent seen my skis have you?

Any skis you buy are rock skis from day one, once you realize this its alot easier skiing.

I'd like them to at least last until day 2!

Besides, I bought the enforcers in part b/c of people's reviews stating that it performed decent on the groomed runs. Guess we'll find out on Saturday.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by jayhawkskier View Post
I'd like them to at least last until day 2!

Besides, I bought the enforcers in part b/c of people's reviews stating that it performed decent on the groomed runs. Guess we'll find out on Saturday.
they are so decent in groomers and crud that the powder performance can be so so depending on how you ski. They are still pretty good though.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by jayhawkskier View Post
I'd like them to at least last until day 2!
when you care about your skis you hit rocks etc all the time, when you don't care you don't seem to hit anything.

I am rockin my old Mantra and really don't care about them. I have done no damage this early season. I have been with 2 different people skiing the same runs and they have destroyed skis. It's kinda like driving, when you don't care about getting a speeding ticket you don't, when you worry you do!
post #11 of 16
To the OP: I'd offer a word of caution before you go out skiin' on your new sticks. A few years ago, I destroyed a brand-new Nordica TopFuel demo (first run out!) in the early season by coming off a roller right onto a stump. This was at Loveland. The coverage looked pretty good, but 6" of powder can superficially cover some pretty nasty stuff.

If you have another ski, I'd stay on it if you plan on going on any un-groomed terrain (at least until we have another storm. Please, let's have another storm...)

Other than that, have a great time!
post #12 of 16
Ran some shiny new skis out in Scotland last week, not a scratch to be had despite some rocky patches. Just go for it!
post #13 of 16
Keystone is skiing like garbage right now, don't even bother. If you go to Breck, you'll probably still hit things unless you just ski groomers. If you care about your bases, it's too early to be skiing them in Summit County.

OTOH, BWIPA has it right. Rock damage is part of skiing (no matter what the cover). Assuming you know how to fix a base gouge, I don't see what the big deal is. Rock the new skis and just expect to be doing some base repairs. Be moderately careful so you avoid an edge delam and have a good time. BTW, Vail is skiing way better than anything in Summit right now. I'd grab your Enforcers and head there.
post #14 of 16
Invest in or borrow a double ski bag. Take both pairs, start with the old skis and move to the Enforcers if appropriate. One bag is one bag (even if it has two pairs of skis in it) and the cost of travel should be the same.

The current weather forcast is that it could start dumping big on Friday night, and snow though next week. You don't want to be caught without your new skis if it does, do you?

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenda...nav_undeclared
post #15 of 16
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Invest in or borrow a double ski bag. Take both pairs, start with the old skis and move to the Enforcers if appropriate. One bag is one bag (even if it has two pairs of skis in it) and the cost of travel should be the same.

The current weather forcast is that it could start dumping big on Saturday night, and snow though next week. You don't want to be caught without your new skis if it does, do you?

I'll definitely be taking both pairs. The kicker is I just sold some bindings off an old pair of monsters that would have been perfect for of-piste this weekend. D'oh!!

We're going to Breck on Saturday, I'll probably just stick to the groomers, but still try the enforcers to check them out. It's my first day of the season so hopefully I can keep that in mind and take it easy...I sure miss living close to the hill and being able to ski when it snows, rather than when my travel schedule dictates. Oh well...
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