Huge thanks to Jim for setting me up with the 178 Sultan 94 demos on Saturday! It was a FABULOUS day to test them out -- 8-10" of fresh snow on top of groomed conditions. We skied at Northstar, and got to try just about all conditions: fresh powder, powder over groomed, moderately steep groomers, trees, and afternoon chop / soft bumps.
A quick mini-review .....
The Sultan 94's were truly all-mountain, and happy in all of the conditions above. I was surprised as just how effective they were on the groomed. Easy turn initiation, happy to run at speed, and very lively. It was a treat to let them just float through the powder and trees as well. Probably the MOST fun was skiing them through 3-4" of fresh on top of groomed; they REALLY excelled at this, and seemed to just beg for more of that ... sadly, it was skied off by mid-morning. I was very impressed with how they handled the afternoon crud / chop. They really sliced through the chopped-up snow with both power and grace, and I felt a nimbleness to my afternoon skiing that isn't normally there.
In summary, these skis were just plain fun, in any and all conditions I tried them in. Goaliemom30 said I hadn't smiled so much in a long time on the slopes! Goaliekid30 also noticed how easily I was handling conditions that sometimes give me fits. Two thumbs up!!
As I told SJ when I brought them back, "the only bad thing is that I have to give them back!!".
I'll definitely be looking to make these my daily drivers for the 2011 season ...
Thanks again Jim for hooking me up, and for the great service, and a day full of smiles!