Originally Posted by JimfromNY
This is my first post at Epic ski. I’m looking for a ski to use when I head out west. I plan to ski primarily double blacks and some trees, and so I was thinking that I probably need something soft, light, and easy to turn. If it works on the groomers, that’s a bonus, but not my main concern.
From reading the posts, it seems as though people really like the Mantra and Watea 84. These are two very different skis, and I really don’t know what type would work best for me. I'm guessing that the Mantra is a heavier, crud buster type ski that may be a lot of work to manage down steep and tight spots, and the Watea is less floaty but may be more nanageable? The more I think about this, the more confused I get! Please help. Thanks.
BTW, I’m 30 years old, 5’9, 150 lbs, level 7 skier.
Jim, you may not have anyone answering you.
1. first post, you are skiing double blacks, trees and you are a level 7 skier.
2. Some here on epic may see that question/answer/explanation as Trolling etc.
3. Really an impossible question to answer; a) no one here really knows how you ski, b) what ski you're on now, c) where in the east you ski, d) where in the west your're going to ski, e) does the doub le black really rate that designation. Some of the facts are double diamond skiers range from Gapers to Jongs and double black
designated runs vary considerable from no big deal to really big deals.
Personally I have met several people over the years who stated, I ski double blacks
and don't know anyone who said that who is a good skier.
WELCOME TO EPIC ! Take the above as well meant prose and restate your question to include some background on you, your ski's, Height, weight, years skiing, where you ski, where and when you're going west etc.