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post #61 of 69
You may want to try a Salomon Fury. Very good ski for lighter skiers ,
post #62 of 69
I've tried most of the skis you are considering (OP)....I'm a little heavier (165lbs) so keep that in mind...

I think the Blackeye is going to be too much ski for you. This ski needs a pretty aggressive skier to get the most out of it. I think it would suit someone at least 160 lbs. or above with true level 7+ skills, who likes to ski on the faster side and with energetically. There is also the Nomad Whiteout which is a softer version of the Blackeye...I would think it might be more effective for a light skier.

The Watea 84 in a 167cm. is definitely worth a look. This ski is a great choice for California skiing, particularly in newer snow. You should be able to handle this ski as it is nimble and somewhat soft. There are better choices though if you find yourself in conditions where there has not been recent snowfall and you are dealing mainly with hard snow. The Watea 78 I have not tried, but I think it is not of a identical construction, so do not assume it is just a direct skinnier translation of the 84.

The Head Im78 I tried for the first time this past weekend, in Mammoth actually, and the snow was mostly hard. This ski excelled on the frontside of Mammoth in these conditions; haven't tried it on soft snow though. You would probably be looking at the 165cm. length...if you can, try it with Railflex bindings set at the +15 position...I found this to improve their on-piste performance noticeably. Only place where they faltered was in the mogul fields where they felt a bit sluggish.

The Nordica Nitrous is definitely worth trying as well. Check out the 162's...this skis is less damp and smooth than the Heads, but they do everything pretty well and can definitely be used effectively by a lighter skier.

I would not eliminate a slightly skinnier ski than those mentioend though..especialy if you spend most of your time on groomers/hardpack. I tried the Dynastar Contact 10's (72mm) from last year (different than this year's) at Mammoth...they were not quite enough ski for me, but at your weight, they may be great. I've also heard good things about the Fischer Red Heat (74mm).

In Mammoth, stop by Footloose Sports and Kittredge Sports. Between the two you will be able to demo most of the skis mentioned. I think they both demo performance boots as well. Without high performing boots, it'd be a waste to demo all these skis. Please post your reviews of the ones you end up demoing!
post #63 of 69
I have a couple days on the Crimson ti, this ski really rips on hard snow. Excellent edgehold, stability, has some pop out of the turn, haven't had much of a chance to ski them off piste except in some heavy refrozen stuff, and they got deflected a bit in that stuff, but not surprising seeing that it's is a stiff ski torsionally. It's a great carver though, and I have to say, my 183 blows away the 186 Head 88 I had a couple years ago as far as edge hold, carvability and stability at speed. The Head was more forgiving, and likely better off piste though. I did find a patch of a few inches of untracked, and the Ti made some nice smooth carves, but can't make much of a judgement from that.

The ski likes to be driven, not a ski to relax on as much as some. The first day I thought they got deflected a bit like some others reported, but the second day I didn't notice it much, so I chalked it up to snow conditions. They were also fun in the bumps and pretty good in trees, but that's where the refrozen stuff was so it's hard to make a definitve judgement there. I got the ski for days when it hadn't snowed in awhile, and so far I'm happy with them, after my second day of skiing, I couldn't wait to get back out, but will have a better idea when I use them in a variety of conditions. I'm 5'11, 155.
post #64 of 69
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Demoing in Mammoth

Does anyone know how the demo program is on mountain at mammoth? I'm talking about the demo shops in the lodges.
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post #66 of 69
Thread Starter 
I am familiar with what Mammoth has to say about the program. I was looking to hear what anyone might have experienced there. Especially in the selection of skis the offer, in comparison to Footloose or Kittridge and in general. Thanks Though.
post #67 of 69
Maybe I can arrange for someone to pick you up at home, drive you up to Mammoth, dress you up in some nice warm gear, pop you in the base lodge and have someone else demo the skis for you. How's that sounding?
post #68 of 69
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Originally Posted by PCD93 View Post
I am familiar with what Mammoth has to say about the program. I was looking to hear what anyone might have experienced there. Especially in the selection of skis the offer, in comparison to Footloose or Kittridge and in general. Thanks Though.
Even if I had some experience with these shops it really doesn't matter since the length of ski you will be trying will yield different results and what is available for demo is a fluid situation (they usually sell these demos). The only way to know is to call them all and ask what skis from your list (and in what sizes) they have. Then you can put together a plan for how to demo what you want, which may involve demoing some skis that aren't on your list. OK?
post #69 of 69

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Originally Posted by bumblebee View Post
Maybe I can arrange for someone to pick you up at home, drive you up to Mammoth, dress you up in some nice warm gear, pop you in the base lodge and have someone else demo the skis for you. How's that sounding?

 

That is a classic post! 

 

I'd love to hear how the OP made out at Mammoth with ski selection.

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