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Which skis to take to Aspen and Jackson Hole?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm visiting Aspen and Jackson Hole for a few weeks from late January to mid February.

I'm tossing up between bringing my MX78s and my MX88s. I skied the 88s last year in Utah and Colorado, but it sounds like the snow is still a little scant in Aspen right now - hopefully that will change over the next few weeks - and I care less about the 78s which I bought used and have used on patchy days in the Australian winter. The 78s are also probably more fun in the bumps, but the 88s are better when it's fresher (although if I'm lucky enough to score some truly epic conditions I'll probably hire fatter skis still).

With all the excess baggage fees that skis attract now, and with the exchange rate as favourable for the Australian dollar as it is currently*, I'm also considering travelling without skis on the way there and buying a pair of FX84s when I arrive. They sound like they might be the best of both worlds, and better than either of the MXs for a spot of hiking.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Anthony.

*When I was in the US last February ('09), the Australian dollar was buying 50-something US cents. Right now it's buying 90-something. The gear at Hamilton Sports is going to look even more tempting this year, and so is the wine list at Cache Cache.
post #2 of 11
 I would bring the 88s and demo a few others during the trip.  Demos are $5/hr from JH Sports at the top of the gondola and the first hour is free if you are in a lesson.
post #3 of 11
why not bring both?

 i always take two pairs...never had any trouble with the airlines

plastic wrap (saran wrap) does a nice job if you need to wrap the skis together, or
to wrap the two pairs to each other....
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I think I'll do a bit of both: plastic wrap the 88s and demo some others.

Has anybody skied the Kastle FX84?

A.
post #5 of 11
Paging Finndog!  
post #6 of 11
I skied with Dav on New Years eve and he was on the MX88.   He said they were perfect for the conditions that day and that is what I would recommend for Aspen most of the time. 


Make sure to hit Cashe Cashe's bar menu, the Coq au vin is awesome!
post #7 of 11
I'd say bring the 88's because they will be a little more versatile. And if you get some good snow while you're there then demo a true fat ski.
post #8 of 11
Definitely bring your 88's, great ski, Very versatile..  You will want to go fatter not skinier for another, so demo some fats in the 100-115 when the fresh arrives, and it will if your going for that long, have fun..
post #9 of 11
Well, just to continue my tradition of curmudgeonness, I'll say that if you're only going to bring one pair, why not bring the pair that will work better on groomers and hard bumps?  That's what we've got now and this weather pattern isn't showing ANY signs of leaving anytime soon.

I've been skiing my SuperShape Magnums - 71mm underfoot - about 85% of the time this year at JH and I can't tell you how many people I ride up lifts with who tell me (while wearing their plus-100mm whales) "THAT's the kind of ski to use for these conditions!".

Bring the 78's and enjoy the hardpack.  If it snows, demo something bigger than 88.

Problem solved.
post #10 of 11

Here's the question you need to ask yourself:

What ski will I enjoy the most whiel skiing on groomers?  Answer is........  there ya' go. 


FOR ME: Kastle 78's are coming with me along with my icelantic Nomad sft's and hope for a dump.  I will be at both, Aspen & jhole later this week, in the same boat. I suspect the 'Mads will stay in the case for the week

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

Well, just to continue my tradition of curmudgeonness, I'll say that if you're only going to bring one pair, why not bring the pair that will work better on groomers and hard bumps?  That's what we've got now and this weather pattern isn't showing ANY signs of leaving anytime soon.

I've been skiing my SuperShape Magnums - 71mm underfoot - about 85% of the time this year at JH and I can't tell you how many people I ride up lifts with who tell me (while wearing their plus-100mm whales) "THAT's the kind of ski to use for these conditions!".

Bring the 78's and enjoy the hardpack.  If it snows, demo something bigger than 88.

Problem solved.

Unfortunately, I have to agree.

My Nordica Mach 3s have gotten far more use this year than the last 3 years combined.
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