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what type of ski for n.e. spring conditions?

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what type of ski (give some examples too) do you recommend for those spring conditions in the n.e.(eg. stratton) where the snow gets that heavy,wet consistency? thanks.

post #2 of 9

Volkl AC50's should do ok.

 

I like my AC40's. Or my AC4's as it gets more into April, have to watch out for thin cover.

 

Any ski that's torsionally stiff with a wider waist.

 

A good warm weather wax.

 

Good technique, drive the tips, enjoy the ride as you do GS turns after lunch.

post #3 of 9

The K2 Public Enemy (now the K2 Extreme) is by far the best ski I have owned for spring conditions.

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The K2 Public Enemy (now the K2 Extreme) is by far the best ski I have owned for spring conditions.

 

 

anytime, anywhere, any terrain, the Pe after owning it for 3 years continues to impress.

 

In morning hardpack, to spring slush though its amoung the best there is.

 

I have tried other skis and no one got it as right as K2 back in 06.

post #5 of 9

Similar to crud skiing - midfat with moderate sidecut.  Twin tip possibly.  I like my Punishers, or a Mantra or something a bit narrower underfoot but not too narrow. 

 

You kind of don't want a narrow shaped ski that will hook up too much.  But some sidecut because we're still talking mostly groomers and some slushy loose stuff on top.  A real fatty would work too, but not quick enough edge to edge for east coast.

 

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Similar to crud skiing - midfat with moderate sidecut.  Twin tip possibly.  I like my Punishers, or a Mantra or something a bit narrower underfoot but not too narrow. 

 

You kind of don't want a narrow shaped ski that will hook up too much.  But some sidecut because we're still talking mostly groomers and some slushy loose stuff on top.  A real fatty would work too, but not quick enough edge to edge for east coast.

 

 

 

I have wanted to start a thread on this but in all honestly we are talking mm of difference in width. It might be thousands of a second longer to get a wider ski on edge.

 

I think the biggest thing is once you get over about 100-110mmish edge grip decreases dramatically.

post #7 of 9

I had the PEs and they were fine for spring skiing.  I'm currently on the Punishers - pretty similar dimensionally - and they seem to be a bit more stable where the PEs would get knocked around some.  Probably as important as the ski is the right wax for the heavy, wet snow. 

post #8 of 9

RE: time difference

 

you're probably right on the time difference for wider skis, that it's not that much ... but I don't think you can argue they are more work to get on edge.  But I do agree a wider ski works on slush.  The other thing to consider is the ability to straightline through it - many times wider skis are designed softer and lighter in the tips which might deflect easier.  Personally I like to push heavier stuff vs try and finesse it.

 

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anytime, anywhere, any terrain, the Pe after owning it for 3 years continues to impress.

 

In morning hardpack, to spring slush though its amoung the best there is.

 

I have tried other skis and no one got it as right as K2 back in 06.

 

Yeah, isn't it something?  My quiver fluctuates every year, but the PEs are like the quiet "sleeper" skis of the bunch.  I can always count on them.  They have got to be one of K2's best all-mtn skis in many years, yet they have been marketed as park skis while the mainstream all-mtn line from K2 goes through various stages of mediocrity.  Best $200 I ever spent on skis.

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