My everyday ski this year is a brand new pair of Contact 4x4 (PX 14 biunding)-in a 172-looking for an AT/ slackcountry? softer-snow day compliment
I will probably own one of these skis by year's end:
1. The 2010 Rossi SC97 They changed this a bit this year-got some tip rocker to it-the few knowledgeable folks I know who've skied it (in it's element) say it's the best Rossi they have ever skied and give it a wide range of use. I'd like to put AT binding on it as well (my AT-ing includes East Coast Backcountry so it seems to fit). Any try the new 97?? I'd go mid-lengthed 178cm
2. Rossi S6-I know, other than a kick ass paint Job it isn't that sexy (nothing new-fangled like the S7)-but I had a blast on these one snowy day at Stowe last year-skied them shorter than most-174cm-which for me made the snow-filled glades a delight
3. Icelantic Pilgrim-again, I'd like to build up an all-purpose ski with soft snow/BC ability-but not a pure powder ski-I like the look, weight and construction of the Icelantic stuff-I can't figure out their lengths yet-I would think the 179cm would make the most sense---but the Icelantic gurus push the 169...
4. The Icelantic Nomad Soft: ditto all the above comments (though, with these fatter skis I can more easily wrap my had around the 169cm). I've read the buzz on these, and again, I like what I hear.
Any thoughts-I'd appreciate the thoughts of knowlegeable Bears (especially Finndog on the Icelantics)!