I used to think that my Goats were a great all around ski for Mammoth Mtn my home resort. The Shamans just made me retire the Goats to rock ski status. It was like going from a nice SUV to a Miata sports car. I spent 6 days on the Shamans in 2ft of powder, to chopped up crud, to hard off-piste , to groomers and real soft wind buff powder that Mammoth gets with its near constant winds. The Shamans just handled it so well I was able to just ski and not even look at the snow. They were very smooth. held an edge better than any ski 110mm wide has a right to. Carving turns on firm groomers was so easy I only took 2 runs on my Mantras. I took 2 runs on my Gotamas and then took the same 2 runs on the Shamans for comparison. The Shamans did everything better than the Gotamas with a lot more liveliness. The Shamans are a really wide carving ski with tips that just wont dive no matter what you do. Dimensions are 160-110-130 and 184cm. The wide tips really pull you into the turn but the tails are narrow enough to let you release or skid the turn easily. Made me feel like a 12 year old. I'm 59 been skiing for 50 years. I'm faster than most but slower than some. If the snow is white and I can go downhill I'm happy. The only thing I don't like are moguls. I'll deal with them on the way to where I'd rather be. I was shocked to think the Shamans could be that mythical 1 ski quiver for Mammoth. About 80% of my skiing is off-piste. Not much tree skiing mostly above tree-line at Mammoth. Narrow chutes to wide open bowls with no speed limits. Boots are old Head World Cups with Zip Fit liners. Bindings are Rossi P18 turn tables with about 5mm of lift. I think the lift helps getting these Shamans up on edge.
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12/20/09 at 12:28pm