Hi team. I've been lurking around on the forum for a couple of years now; an interested onlooker, learning what I could. Now I actually have a question worthy of discussion.
I have a hardpack carver. I have an all mountain ski. Now I'm looking to round off a three ski quiver with a 90-94mm ski. No particular preference for a twin tip, although I do love those rooster tails. The idea is that this ski would be a good one-ski quiver for the likes of the Western US and Canadian resorts and Japan, as well as that one day a year when I might luck out and get fully-fledged powder conditions here in Australia. It would be the one ski I pack when I'm heading overseas.
So, I'm looking for an all round ski with the following traits - the ski needs to work well in a foot or two of powder, get by in deeper powder, be stable in cut up powder (i.e. a day or two after a dump) and should be more a tree ski than a bowl ski. I don't imagine I'll ever hang out in the park.
Of all the skis I've read about the few that appeal to me for one reason or another (in no particular order) are the following:
- Head Mojo 94 (aka John)
- Line Prophet 90
- Scott Mission
- Watea 94
I've considered the Vollkl Mantra (relatively too stiff for the above methinks, but willing to be convinced otherwise), the Monster 88 (already have the 78), the Elan 888 (no idea why it's not on the list other than it's not 90mm) and several 100mm skis (too wide for my requirements I suspect). I'm sure there are other skis worthy of consideration. There are threads galore looking at these skis in isolation, or in comparison with another ski, or in comparison to a given resort, but nothing comparing them against each other and my own personal check list.
I'm 6'4" and 220lbs. 60 days skiing in total. Still learning, especially in powder. Looking for a ski up to 186cm. Any longer and I have to replace my roof box, and that's not on.
Love to hear some opinions on the topic.