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Buying skis that work well in Lake Tahoe.
Or what percentage of the time will you spend in each of the following three conditions? Or put another way, in what order would you prioritize each of those differing conditions?
- Groomed terrain (trails)
- Off trail, with consolidated snow
- Off trail with deep or 3-D snow
Next Q is, what is your skiing experience, ability level, aggressiveness?
Finally, do you want a recommendation for one ski or for two?
I'm planning on venturing out off of the groomed trails more. I have a Volkl carver ski, so I am looking for a powder ski that can also do a decent job on the groomed (for warm ups). I have been skiing since I was 7, but now that I am turning 40 next month, I tend to be more careful on the slopes. Back in the day I skied with no fear ;-) Not as aggressive these days.
Fischer Watea 94 or 101
Dynastar Big Trouble or Legend Pro
Line Prophet 100
If you want powder specific (a ski that you probably wouldn't take out very often except on deep days)........
Fischer Watea 114
K2 Hellbent, Sidestash, or Pontoon
Dynastar Huge Trouble
There are many others in both categories of course.
Wellll............they are big boots. I don't carry much in boots of that width range and price range and couldn't say whether his foot is really wide enough to need that large a boot. If so, it's OK I guess depending on his instep shape among other things. Be careful about boots in the lower price ranges, they are often difficult for a fitter to modify b/c of poor quality plastics.
My buddy has the widest feet of anyone I know. He has trouble finding any shoe that will fit him. I will relay your message. Where are you located...what store? Might have to drop by next time we are up there.
Well, that's all good if that's what you want to do but you'll invest over 1/2 the cost of new skis in demos if you do that. Selecting skis is not rocket science and if you don't have some elusive criteria you are seeking out you should be able to find something comfortable and fun with one or two tries.
Try to avoid analysis paralysis if possible.
Our shop is Start Haus (Truckee Ca.)
Now I just realized that you are the boot fitter I looked up several weeks ago for my buddy. I'm going to tell him he needs to stop by and work with the best in California to get a good fitting boot. We get up to Truckee a good bit...he is an engineer for DWR...water quality and rights for the Truckee river.
Well thanks for all the great advice on here. Hope y'all get another big dump of snow soon.