Before moving to the Tahoe area a couple of years ago I skied mostly steep groomed runs (hard packed moguls mess me up) in New England on K2 Mod X (or Axis Pro can’t remember).
Home mountains are now Mt Rose and Kirkwood but ski all over the Tahoe area with occasional trips to Idaho and Utah. These days I mostly ski (at least my version of it) the blacks and doubles of Kirkwood and Rose (Wave, Wall, Sentinel Bowl, Eagle Bowl, Thunder Saddle, Chutes, etc).
In my attempts to adapt to the Sierras, last year I picked up a pair of Volkl Mantras (191) which have helped me a lot. I think the shop mounted the bindings a bit behind center – not sure how much. The group I hang with is a mix of boarders and skiers (no name calling) so we mix up the terrain quite a bit. As to be expected my issues are related to powder and crusty stuff. On powder days of more than a couple of inches I don’t run flat out unless in the wide open, but never straight line anything significant.
1 - On the milder pitches and in the trees I find myself sitting back to overcome the feeling that I’m about to take a header off the front. Probably a bit of Sonny Bono fear kicking in too!
2 - On crusty and heavy wet days I find that my tails catch, throwing me around a lot causing the energy levels and fun factor to drop quickly.
Obviously my technique is suspect and not what it needs to be, but with time it is getting better. One of my friends skis on the Gotamas and seems to have an easier time in these conditions, although typically I out-ski him everywhere else. The other guys grew up here so they could ski on 2x4’s if they had to.
I’m looking for something that is easier to manipulate in the tighter spaces like chutes and trees and doesn’t feel like it’s going to dive the nose when I put my “slight” frame into it J.
Will Gotamas help?
If so how short should I go without sinking in completely on the runouts?
I’d prefer to stay with Volkl (too many other bands to choose from) so I guess Katana, Kuro and Chopsticks are also an option.
Thanks for your help.