Well in some parts of the country we are starting to see warmer temps. Corn, mashed potatos, loose granular....call it what you want.
What is your Spring conditions Go To ski?
I am wondering the same thing myself...coming off ACL surgery, I plan to spend more time on piste and was thinking about picking up a pair of Contact Ltds...the Fischer Atuas (same as Misfit now on tramdock) I skied last year do very well in the afternoon, but not my first choice on a hard snow morning.
I have a pair Machette Sin's and for the last 2 years found them to be a great spring snow ski. Specifically, what did you do to them? What's in front of the bindings. I'm considering having them textured for spring. Do you just keep the normal base profile?
My favorite skis for spring conditions all day are the Head Monster iM82. I also like the Dynastar Legend 4800 when it's not very cold in the morning - though you can still feel it turn on during the morning as it gets warmer.
Also, if it's going to be real warm I like to wear my stiffer boots to compensate for the plastic softening/flexing due to the higher temperatures.
Those are some beautiful skis!!! Did they come polished like that?
Machete Sin's haven't seen those in a while, i managed to delam and snap the core on mine, quality product Volant makes, my favorite spring ski is defenetely my 2000 ish K2 Big Kahuna's 190cm (the blue ones) with Salomon 900s equipe bindings. Anything that says crud killer right on the ski, has to be bad ass...
The Machete Sins don't come polished like that - it took a lot of work with a buffing wheel to get them there and the resulting heat generated from the process pretty much killed them. I think I bent them on the third run, but the bend is in both skis and it really looks like a very gradual tip rocker - so I think I'll throw some bindings back on them in the Spring and take them out for some laps in the slush.
I still have some Volant Machete series that are alive, but as Philpug said they're really easy to bend if you're not careful.
Last season I never really did get much "Spring" skiing in because the snow finally started falling in CO at the end of the season and it wasn't really Spring-like conditions.
This season should be much better for working on my tan so I might actually throw the old Sins back on the snow and see how well the unintentional tip rocker works out. I actually manually bent one of the skis a bit more to make sure that they were a match.
So is the general consensus that a wider ski is better for slushy corn or is a narrow ski better? It's been so long since I've skied some real corn snow that I can't even remember what I preferred!
I find it curiously telling that no one was using XtraHots or 1080 Foils on corn back at the beginning of this thread.
Oddly enough, I actually have a brand new pair of Elan M777s still in the shrink wrap if anyone wants them. My other pair of M777s now have the bindings pulled, but are still in really good shape. These days they just don't have enough sidecut for me, but for a time I loved those skis.