Me 5' 8” 145 lb Probably level 8, an experienced powder skier (lived in SLC for 9 years)
First time user of rockered skis
“Fat” skis I own(ed) Chubbs, Pocket Rockets, Mantras
Test ski Solomon Czar 174 cm – 128-108-118 mm. Twin tip with a a tip rocker only, normal mid section and tail. Mounted on back line.
Conditions – 7-8 feet total snowfall reported during the 4 consecutive days I skied the Czars. Snow quality ranged from new snow with rain on top, creamy dense wind blown, 3 feet of light powder and deep crud.
Also skied them the day after a reported 2-3 feet (the snow at this resort seems to fall in 6 or
12 inch increments. :-). Very good quality snow, blown around by the wind a bit and then thickening up as the sun hit it later in the day.
Good to excellent performance in all of the above conditions. No problems with tip dive or hooking in the inverted snow pack skied on day one. I was able to stay pretty much on top and without bogging down in either the uncut or the crud. The tip rocker and narrow tip shape really seem to work. Fun skiing under poor conditions, much better than expected.
The skis were quick and turney in the low angle slopes skied on day two. Very easy to pivot and skid, confidence inspiring in tight trees.
On day three I started out on low angle slopes again, I think the ski shape helped in the deep snow that fell overnight but the snow was just too deep for flat terrain. Higher up the mountain things were better and the turns were effortless in the deep snow. This was good quality snow, I think I would have been fine with most other fat skis as long as the pitch was steep enough. The thing that was surprising to me was how well they did in the deep crud, really smoothing things out and rolling over or through pretty much everything in their path at the low to moderate speeds I ski. Confidence inspiring. This “non submerging tip” thing seems to help in crud as well.
Days 4 and 5 let me try them out in day old powder and more crud as well as soft groomers and infant moguls. Still excellent crud performance and at least by my standards OK groomer performance, best when I kept plenty of pressure on the tips and kept them turning. As the crud thickened up and the moguls started to grow the skis were more work as expected.
Overall I would describe the Czars as fun versatile powder skis with good crud performance and good enough performance on soft groomed snow.