6'2, 220 lbs, East Coast.
I ski mostly intermediate hills because I hate speed and the snow is almost always better. I ski the edges where the snow is thicker.
I hate speed
I hate hardpack to the point I'd rather work hard in heavy sludge
I am very comfortable in powder and love it in part because it allows me to go slow
If I'm not in powder, I love carving with no tail sliding
If I'm in powder I'm ok with wide turns but prefer tight parallels turns
The trees where I ski are tight... like 3-10 feet for the ones that would hurt, often times with skinny saplings in between them... but.. that's where the pow is. It's not as if they're impossible to ski, but I want to ride as slow as I can, which I think means less float than if I were in open powder.
So, for a ski, I'm thinking very short, and very fat that are (in order of importance)
Excellent in tight trees (powder... I won't be in trees unless it's the good stuff)
Good carvers with short turn radius.
Passable on hardpack/ice, but I plan on avoiding it.
Don't care a wit about high speed stability – it's all about the slow ride.
- Not doing bumps unless there is a foot of fluff on them.
The only skis I've ridden in the last 10 years (aka my quiver) are:
The skis I've come up with as candidates, mostly 160ish/170ish:
|Icelantic Shaman||161 / 173 /184||160||110||130||12 / 15 / 18|
|Phantom Crystal Ships||160 / 180||162||113||154||11 / 14|
|PMGear Bro||164 / 174||125||99||114||25.4 / 28.6|
|Salomon Pocket Rocket||175||122||90||115||15|
|Voile Insane 161||161||131||95||121||15.7|
|Voile Insane 172||172||138||100||128||16.4|
|Voile Insane 183||183||150||108||140||16.7|
|Line Prophet 100||165 / 172||134||100||125||17.7|
|Line Prophet 90||165 / 172||125||90||113||14.2 / 16.1|
|Dynastar Mythic Rider||172||122||88||110||20|
|Black Diamond Megawatt||178||147||120||126||38|
I'm leaning toward Icelantic Shaman (161 or 173) and Line Prophet 100 (165), Voile Insane (161or 172).
Any words of wisdom on skis? Also, any special considerations regarding rando boots with such a set up?
Thanks in advance,