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Suggestions for skis to demo, bump friendly

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I am going to the Loveland demo day in a few weeks. I don't have the list of companies that will be there, but usually Nordica, Volkl, K2, Solomon, Roxy, Fischer and some of the smaller ski companies are there.

I am looking for a ski that will perform well in the bumps as I am taking my Level 2 exam this year and want to work hard in the bumps before the exam.

I am 5'8, 138 pounds, advanced skier.   I currently ski on the Nordica Olympia Victory and love it and use it for most conditions. I have an old pair of Phat Luv's which I use on powder days.  I am not a fan of most of the Dynastar skis (they feel too wimpy). I mostly ski Breck, Loveland, Vail.

 

Please give me some suggestions on what skis to demo. I would appreciate suggestions from people who have spent some time on the ski they are recommending.  Thanks.

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 Hart Cheetah/Pulse.  Ask Bob.
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There are three different paths you can take when buying skis for moguls.  The first is to get a true mogul ski.  The second is to get a moderate flex twin-tip with a waist around 80mm.  The last is to get a moderate flex carving ski.

The true mogul ski is what you want if you are working on skiing moguls like the pros do in competition.  The knock on them is they aren't as versital as other skis though recent versions of moguls skis are much more versital then they were 5 years ago.

Moderate flex twin-tips like the Hart Cheetah, Salomon Thruster/Temptress (I think they've been replaced by the Suspect this year) or Nordica Ignition (replaced by the Ace of Spades this year) are your most versital option out west.  They allow you to carve turns in the moguls and also slide the tails around when necessary.  There biggest weakness is on true ice, something you don't have to worry about as much where you live.  Twin-tips are my preference for skiing moguls.

A moderate flex carving ski allows you to carve your turns in the moguls but they are harder to roll off edge and skid at the end of your turns for speed control.  They generally have much better hard snow/ice performance than twin-tips.  I haven't kept up on what models are available since its a nitch I don't follow much anymore now that twin-tips have become decent carvers.
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Thanks, I like the moderate flex twin tip option.  I will look for some of those to demo next week.
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Skier 31, I ski the fischer watea 78s and find them very versatile and well behaved  in the bumps. Not twins, but light and easy and make any kind of turn you ask.

We've skied together @ Loveland, so you will have an idea if our style is close enough to make you want to try 'em.
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Mom -I remember, what a fun day.   I will give those a go.Thanks!
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Originally Posted by skier31 View Post

Thanks, I like the moderate flex twin tip option.  I will look for some of those to demo next week.

Is it PSIA level 2? Or is it a park&pipe or freeride certification?  I'm not familiar with the US system, but if it's similar to the Canadian (CSIA) system, then I would guess they will want to see you carve your turns in the bumps as opposed to sliding them.  Or as we grudgingly call them "instructor turns".  Maybe with Colorado snow conditions you could still manage that with twin tips, but I'd suspect you'll find the moderate flex carving ski option will be better.  

I'm not up to date on ski models and am mostly an eastern skier, but I love my Fisher RC4 Race SCs in the bumps.  they are great for short radius carving but are also nimble and have some bounce in case you want to get a little creative in the bumps too.  No idea what the current model year equivalent is.  Personally I would stay away from Heads if you want to do bumps, although I am sure they have some models that some people like in the bumps.

Demoing skis next week - lucky!  No snow here yet. :(  

Elsbeth 
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Whatever ski you will ski in your exam is the ski you should spend time on in the bumps. In your exam you will ski all terrain and conditions, so keep this in mind when making your choice.Skiing  a twin tip in the exam may not be in your best interest. Like Evaino said.
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