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Spring Ski Thoughts- Dynastar, Fischer, Blizzard

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Would 172cm '09 Dynastar Contact 10s (formerly 11s and Ltd) make a good all mountain Colorado spring ski when there is little to no new snow?  How much more versatile would these be than 165 cm Blizzard Magnesium Slalom race skis?  I assume that the Contacts would be better on hard morning snow than 184 cm Fischer Watea 84s, but would the 84s be a lot better in softer (slushier?) conditions in the afternoon?

 

Due to a blown ACL, I own, but have not skied the Watea 84s, 191 cm Scott P4s, 165 cm Blizzard Magnesium rSLs and 182 cm Dynastar Speed Course 66s.  I also have a pair of 186 cm Fischer MIsfits which were a warranty replacement of the Atuas that I really enjoyed last season in almost all soft snow conditions. 

 

I am 6' 3'', 185 lbs and hope to return this spring as a level 8, but will probably be looking to avoid moguls initially.  In the past, I have skied mostly off piste, but imagine that I will be spending more time on piste this spring.    

 

Going into the season, I picked up the Blizzards and Speed Courses used for racing (and no snow in a long time skis) and the 84s from Sierra Jim thinking that they might be more user friendly for moguls as an everyday not much new snow ski.  Plan was to test out the 84s and P4s (for deeper snow) and decide if I should sell off one or both of them or sell the Misfits. 

 

Prior to my injury, I tried out another Bear's 165cm Atomic 12 SLpb on the WROD at A-basin and really liked the feel of carving short turns.  Seeing the deal that Dawcatching is offering on the Contacts has got me thinking that I should sell the 84s and get the Contacts to use with the Misfits as my two primary skis.  OTOH, maybe the Blizzards (currently race tuned at .5/3) would do most of what the Contacts do...anyone ski these in spring slush?

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I can't tell you how the Contact 10 would compare to the Blizzard SL ski or the Watea 84's, but I can tell you from experiencethat the Contact 10/Ltd/11 is great in spring ski conditions, from the ice in the morning to the heavy stuff in the afternoon.  I had a tough time choosing between the 172 and 178. Went with the 178, for a little longer radius and a hair more stability at speed, but I probably would have been happy either way, and I'd be perfectly confident taking either length all over ABasin (well, anywhere I didn't have to hike to) in  springtime conditions .

 

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 Seeing the deal that Dawcatching is offering on the Contacts has got me thinking that I should sell the 84s and get the Contacts to use with the Misfits as my two primary skis.  OTOH, maybe the Blizzards (currently race tuned at .5/3) would do most of what the Contacts do...anyone ski these in spring slush?

 

 I think there may be a little too much cross over with the 84s and the Misfits.  The Misfits are the new rebadged - Atuas from my understanding, and  the Atuas have been considered a great soft snow ski.  So keep the Atuas and get either the Contacts or keep the Blizzards??   Sounds like a great two ski quiver.

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 I think there may be a little too much cross over with the 84s and the Misfits.  The Misfits are the new rebadged - Atuas from my understanding, and  the Atuas have been considered a great soft snow ski.  So keep the Atuas and get either the Contacts or keep the Blizzards??   Sounds like a great two ski quiver.


 

Yes, my plan going into the year was to either sell the Misfits (keeping the 84s and P4s) or sell the 84s & P4s and keep the Misfits (along with the race skis).  Now leaning towards adding the Contacts, selling the 84s (and possibly selling the P4s) while keeping the Misfits to go along with the Contacts as my two regular skis. 

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The Contacts are getting great reviews !!  Might have to try them myself.  Best of luck.

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How are the Misfits on harder snow?? Thinking about trying a pair for everyday skis (groom,crud,little offtrail). Any opinions??

Tom

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How are the Misfits on harder snow?? Thinking about trying a pair for everyday skis (groom,crud,little offtrail). Any opinions??

Tom


 

I got them mounted up early March in the French Alps and didn't put another day on my 75 mm waisted Solomon Scream Hots.

 

To sum, I liked the ski a lot although it wouldn't be my first choice for icy groomers- soft groomers, crud, off piste and powder are where it is more comfortable.  Skis short due to full twin....you can search some of my old posts for more details

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