OK….I finally got in that last day that I needed before reviewing his ski. I’ve had it out a few times but just missed on conditions, but today was the day that I bought this ski for. Conditions at Sugar Bowl were 24” of new in the last 30 or so hrs. The snow was typical Tahoe Powder. I.e.: not Utah “blower” but not PNW “sludge” either. Rather; it was somewhere in between.
The Huge is 115mm underfoot with a fairly straight sidecut and almost totally flat camber on the 185 length. The flex is medium for the front ¾ of the ski with a softer tail than tip. An early start didn’t do me any good as when I pulled in today, little was running. I did a few warm up runs while waiting for Disney or Lincoln to get going. There was a strong adrenaline buzz ricocheting throughout the resort and every time a bomb went off, there were howls from all corners of the hill.
A few runs on the soft groomers pointed out that while this is a pretty darned big ski, it feels more normal than you might think it would. I won’t use the terms quick or nimble to describe the HT on groomers but it is very solid in medium-long radius turns. The groomers were really just strips of sorta packed snow often with sizable groomer berms striping each run. I found that in making margin to margin GS turns, the Huge laid a pretty surprising trench and just mowed through the soft berms easily. A few times, I thought I might get popped a little when going from the run into the shin high margins. Instead, the ski just punched right through the soft edges.
I kept skiing rather than wait in line but when I heard a roar from the direction of the Disney lift, I headed that way. Sure enough, the lift was spinning with riders aboard. By the time I got to the top there was still plenty of snow so it didn’t matter where I went. I just peeled off to my right and into a giant bowl with maybe 10 sets of tracks. The snow in front of me was untouched so I just let it go. The Huge lifted nicely as the speed picked up and as I hit the wind rolls it just pushed right through. Dropping diagonally to my right brought me into a wide gully where the snow was deeper and every turn yielded a face shot. As the gully widened back out near the bottom of the bowl, I found that it was time to break off the speed a little as the trees were coming up. The soft tail allowed me to slough off speed and break into shorter turns.
The next run took me over to the other side of the hill where the snow was a little more wind blown. A quick descent and a traverse brought me to the nose of Disney. While the paths through the rock band at the top can be a little tight at times, it was pretty well filled in on this day. The Huge handled the few tight turns well enough and really came to life as the terrain opened up below the rocks. With the HT, there is no waiting for the ski to settle down between turns, it is settled down all the time. This solid feel allows the confidence to release the ski down the hill sooner than with some others. Over the next six runs the snow went from face shots every turn to a face shot every few turns to finally having to look for that last clump to sorta “manufacture” a face shot.
The Huge is nimble enough in tightish spots that I felt that I could just aim for the gap between a couple of bushes or trees and it would take me through with no surprises. Despite this tight turn ability, I’d say it is really at its best in medium to long turns in the soft snow. The more tracked up the snow became; the more impressed I was with the stability. Many times I just aimed the tips into a hollow knowing the HT would blast me through without overturning or stalling out. The Huge Trouble is not a ski that requires superhero ability or aggressiveness but it’s not for an intermediate to learn powder skiing on either. It certainly takes some confidence to release the ski down the hill in order to get that bend happening. OTH, for a good skier that is looking for big ski that floats well, blasts crud with confidence and still feels relatively normal on the way back to the lifts; this is right at the top of the list.
This was a goooood day on a goooood ski.............