Hi, hopeing someone can help me out. I am looking to get my first pair of twin tips. I ski in Maine and want to make sure I get the right thing. I am looking a one specific ski rights now. It is the 09 Line Blend in a 183. My question: Is the 100mm waist to big to ski maine? or NE. I ski a dynastar legent right now and it is 74 underfoot. The guy at ski shop said they are great for NE and don't let the 100 scare you off. He skis them w/o a problem. I am looking for a all mnt ski that I can ski on groomers, late day crud and still try to get into the twin tip riding. (park some and on trail jib) I am a decent skier and want to improve w/ twin tips. I would say I would use ski on trail 70% off 20% and park 10%. thanks for any info you may have
Line blend gonna work in maine
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I'm not a park skier but I lived in NH for a while and skied Sunday River & Sugerloaf a lot. I'm now on Volkl Mantra but since I've moved to the midwest I ski only out west. Frankly if I went back to Maine I don't think I would take that ski. As great as it is all over the mountain, that wide foot (96 mm) makes it a little more difficult to cut the hard edge you need on ice. It's basic math, if it's wider under foot you need to have a sharper angle to get it up on a hard edge (those of you who ski out east know what I mean) no matter how good a ski it is. My suggestion is stay under 90 mm under foot.
Fellow Mainer here. Mostly ski Saddleback and the Loaf. Mostly ski on Blizzard Titan Cronus. This 88mm springy tip darlin' is lovely so long as the snow is on the softish side. But on hard, not so much. Lasy week at the Loaf the conditions were very hard packed with scrape sluff. By the end of the day, the ride down a skied off White Nitro (30 degrees plus, I am told) was more than a bit exciting. I suppose if the ski had metal in it, it might track better under these conditions. I love this ski dearly but can not recommend it for those hard packed days. It is a a great "all mtn" ski. Just not an all condition ski. I would stick with something in the mid 70's with some beef. I am looking at the Blizzard Supersonic or Dynastar 4x4 or Contact 10 to fit that bill. I know they are not twins so may not fit the bill.
Bud, I know the fatties look cool, but they can be a real handful on "Maine haard," especially if they got no tail. Next time you are at the Loaf, walk around and see how many 90mm+ are on the racks. Not many. Sometimes the crowd is right and the sales guy is not.
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When I was there three weeks ago, The Loaf promo magazine said White Nitro extension has 58 degrees slope. Looking up at it from the Spillway X-cut, its ice top coat glimmering, I believed 'em.
58 degrees! Then I should have been scared. I suppose it could be. Most of the trail feels to me to be in the 30's and the last pitch (the one you mention) is considerably steeper and usually covered with ice or is skied off. Maybe the worst of it is that it ends abruptly on a perfectly flat cat track. You really have to know how to "detrail" on that one.
ed-d, what does WN mean?
Is that a pic of the final pitch just above the cat walk? If so, that certainly is the steepest part of the trail.
I was at the Loaf March 25 and got onto the back snowfields. The back side was steep. bumpy and soft. But as you came around the cone tot he front side, the snow pretty well disappeared. Mostly picking your way through the stumps and rocks. Probably would have been just as easy to take the skis off and walk around. I figure that one run cost me the $40 I will spend for bottom repair and tune. But braggin rights....
What did the snow pack look like on the 2nd? It was deep when I was there, but we have been pounded with rain for the past two weeks.
Deliberate1, WN = White Nitro
I wanna say I took that from the Spillway crosscut mentioned earlier but I took alot of pics that day. Later in the day I skied it from the top; after skiing a ton of slush I was surprised to find White Nitro still firm.
The snowpack was pretty impressive considering the recent weather. I posted this trip report in another forum: http://forums.alpinezone.com/53132-sugarloaf-snowfields-edition-02apr09.html
Nice images. What a great day you had. Really got me juiced to think that there will be enough to get us through April. Skied the Loaf first weekend in May last year. Was 70 degrees, all softies and scantily clad ladies. Its all good. If the rain gives us a break we may make it in fine style. If you plan to be there during the week of the 20th let me know.