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Versatile "Everything Else" Ski Recommendation?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

I would classify myself as an upper-level advanced skiier when it comes to groomed trails (Atlantic Canada, it's what we mainly have).  I am riding on a 5 year old or so pair of Head i.XRC 'intelligence' skis that are awesome for this purpose, I really couldn't be happier with them.

The problem is that I feel that since they are so purpose built for carving hard on groomers (they are as stiff as some of the racing skis I've demoed) that they leave a bit to be desired when it comes to "everything else".  I'm finding these days that I'm trying to break out a little bit more into some park&pipe/trees/moguls/etc. type stuff and I don't feel that they're really cutting it.

The obvious solution in my mind is to pick up a second pair of skis that are more suitable for the rest of the skiing spectrum.  I'd like some recommendations for some skis to look out for that could suit this purpose.  We don't get powder out here, so super wide big mountain skis are probably unnecessary, I can always rent on the odd times I head out west.  Probably looking at the $500-600 and below range.

Cheers.
post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 
Talked to some shops today to see what they had in stock and ended up with a pair of K2 Extremes and Salomon STH14 bindings.

Cheers.
post #3 of 5
The Volkl Bridge is rated as one of the top all mountain twin tips in all of the magazines. I picked up a pair of them this year and cannot say enough about them.I am in the same boat as you,do not really get to ski powder much(plow when it storms), but this ski rocks in all conditions. Even at 92 mm under foot,they carve extremely well and are just plain fun! I am a ski patroller,usually in my Volkl Tigersharks,since I got my Bridges they have become my every day ski.Take a look around and see if you can score a pair of last year's at a good price and you will not be dissapointed. Be sure if you do though, take into account that they are a twin tip, you will need to ski it in a little longer length because of the turned up tail. Hope this helps.
post #4 of 5
Nice choice you should have fun on the Extremes! Never rode them but have heard from talking to people that they are a solid ski. Great in the park and all over the mountain. 85mm so you have some extra float in deeper snow as well. Also good choice in bindings. I have the Sth12s and I love them!

Have fun on your new skis!
post #5 of 5
Congrats, enjoy.  I seem to have posted after you did with your new purchase. I have heard a lot of good things about the Extremes,I am sure you will be pleased.
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