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Tree skis for Killington

post #1 of 11
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I need some advise on Tree skis for my purchase.

I am 6.1 190 lb Advanced skier ( not a expert) I ski about 25-30 days at Killington.

The last 2 years I have started to get into Tree skiing at K. I love Patsys, Low Rider, Growler, etc....

The conditons this last week were great and I enjoyed them on my AC 4's(170cm) . The AC 4 are on their last turns and I need to replace them. I am Thinking of a Tree ski for the Fresh snow and tired of groomers days. I have a pair of Stockli Rotors (169cm) for the Fast and Firm days. I want a fatter ski than the Ac 4 for the float but I am also concerned about the length. the 170cm seems long enough for me in the trees.

I was thinking about the Volkl Bridge or Mantras? Any opinions,suggestions?


Thanks for your help!





post #2 of 11

trees out there get skied out and turn into mogul runs. but that's not what you're setting up your skis for, right? fresh in the trees, ahhhhhh. 170ish will probably work (you are looking for a ski you can pivot or slip in a nano-second).


All the major high quality brands make such a ski. Go somewhat soft, 97-108ish under foot, turned up, rounded tail. Another option would be a traditional/rockered combination ski, like Rossi S-7. Many out there of this genre, and really cool.


The Mantra would probably work, high quality German construction, right demensions. Only thing is that it is a power ski, lots of metal (un-necessary for your projected use), heavy and fast.

post #3 of 11

It depends on what you are skiing, and how much new snow. If it is not a ton of new snow, and gets bumped up quickly, I would take something around 90mm underfoot.  Mythic Rider, 888, iM88, Mojo 94, Watea 94, Atlas, new 999, Enforcer et cetera would all be nice choices.  Some are great in the bumps, the Mantra can be a little stiff.  You would love it in soft snow, though.  You weigh more that me and might need more width, but at my weight, 90mm is the perfect blend of soft snow float without giving up responsiveness, especially if you are skiing soft, cut-up bumps later in the day.


From what I know about Eastern skiing (my co-worker lived in Connecticut until he went to college, Killington is his home mountain) you guys don't get a lot of snow, so a real wide ski isn't necessary: something that can ski soft snow in the morning and cut-up bumps and soft crud in the afternoon is probably more the ticket.  For me, that is the 888 from Elan, YMMV. 

post #4 of 11

 I think it depends on how much you want to ski these new skis. Some of the recommendations you've gotten are not really a lot different from the Volkls you have now. I think looking at a ski like the S7 is a good way to go. It'll get you up and let you float in the smaller amount of snow that we get and make it feel like powder skiing. It's also very maneuverable. The big rockered skis can feel much smaller than they really are.

post #5 of 11
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I am looking for fresh, but also a realist. the ski has to handle soft bumps and be able to pivot and slip.

the trees can get tight.


Any model suggestions?







post #6 of 11

Wanna ski powder in the east?


Drive an hour or so farther north. Jay Peak gets more snow than almost any Colorado area does... heck, some years they get more snow than Snowbird.


As of today (pre storm) Vail has 295", Jay is at 306" for the season. In fact Snowbird has 355" so far, so there is a bigger difference between Jay and Killington than Jay and Snowbird... think about it, drive an extra hour and ski Utah snow.



... oh, and yeah, something in the 90's to mid 100's with a surfy feel, think twintip. I'd check out the 181cm Scott P4,  Line Prophet 100, Dynastar Big Trouble, maybe a K2 Obsethed.

post #7 of 11

Salomon Foil.  Soft, tighter radius, pretty good float - perfect for what you are looking for.


Mantra in the woods would be like taking a train into the norther sheild.  Some would and do like that but it's too much ski.  I would recommend a ski that is easy to turn

post #8 of 11
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I would love to ski Jay!!!


Got room?


I have an 8 yr old in ski program  at K and a 4 yr old at Pico ministars.


I hope you RIP it up tomorrow and Tuesday.


I'll check out your suggestions. Which one do you think is best?





post #9 of 11
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I got the hint. The Mantra is a little tough in the Trees and Bumps.


How do the Mythic and the 888 compare?







post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Interesting suggestion. I do not think I could find that ski in the Killington area? I also have to ski groomed to get to the trees.






post #11 of 11

How about Scott Punisher?  Cheap and around 90 underfoot.  Got a pair of 182s myself and I am of similar dimension to you, 6-1 185, ski the east mostly.


Jay is nice, although it's far.  I want to say 2 hours north of Killington.  But it depends how you get there.  It's one of those places that's closer to Boston than Central Mass because of 93.


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