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I'm a bigger guy, 5'11, 220lbs, I'm currently skiing about 25+ days/year in Tahoe.

This is the first year I've skied much powder at all, I'm a decent skier, can do anything but the bumps pretty well.  I usually prefer to power through chop rather than hop around it.

I'm currently still on my 2004 K2 Axis XP  181mm which are:

115/78/105

I like my Axis, they are stiff, nimble, and forgiving when I ski hard/fast through the chop. 

I've been in Tahoe for the past 5 weeks and have had some decent Tahoe-level powder days.  6-12 inches.  I've tried the K2 Pontoons in 169 (wayyy too short) and the 179s

Obviously, they are an extreme.  I liked them.  They were great in the powder and I thought about buying a pair, but honestly,  by the end of the day, through anything more than slightly chopped up powder they were kicking my a$$.  They are really more useful on days with > 10" of snow, which in Tahoe doesn't happen quite that often. 

Anyone have suggestions on a powder-centric ski for me ?  I was thinking the Rossi S7 but I've read that for bigger guys they might be a little soft particularly when you want to plow through the cruft.    Apparently the 195's are stiffer, I'm not sure if I'd even want to rock the 195's?  I'd prefer a slightly more nimble ski that I can take through the trees.

I'm not looking for a one-ski quiver, however, I don't think I want more than 2 pairs...

Looking forward to your suggestions...

Am open to both all-mountain (mid-fat?) and powder ski recommendations.
-m
post #2 of 8
In was in the same situation as you (I'm quite far away from US :) but skiing is the same worldwide).
Rossi S7 (195, due to its big rocker), Salomon Shogun (191, small rocker), Scott P4 (191, no rocker) were on my list. I ended up buying Kastle MX 108 (187, no rocker). It fall into my hands unexpected; I tested it a couple of runs and the decision became very clear. 
post #3 of 8
 My husband is your size, approximately, and we live in Tahoe.  His powder skis of choice are 4Frnt EHP in 192--forgiving enough for crud and trees, but super stable in the straightaways. You can demo at Kirkwood--they have a great demo team who will let you take up to 6 pairs out every day you demo.  Squaw also does that--the Funitel has a good demo station with powder skis as well.

Don't be worried about longer--try them.  In the "right" ski for you, you won't notice the difference.  I'm 5'8" 120#, 55 y.o., and have had fun demoing the longer (180+) men's powder skis--all through trees.  

BTW--anyone got either a 4Frnt EHP or CRJ in the 175-185 length?  I'm looking for a pair...
post #4 of 8
I'm 5'8" 215 lbs. 62y.o. Strong skier who does 50 to 80 days/year. At Sun Peaks we usually get very light dry snow in small amounts say 5" to 10 " per day when its storming so a mid fat is all that is needed.

I currently mostly ski a Nordica Hot Rod Jet Fuel, 120-84-112, 178cm. It is a heavy, fairly stiff ski, good in powder and really great in cut up snow on the afternoon of a powder day. Double torsion box, wood core construction means it will be long lasting and stand up to my weight.

BTW the head ski designer for Nordica used to have the same job for Volkl so it is no surprise that my Nordicas are a very stable true tracking ski, much like a classic Volkl ride.

When choosing a ski length your ability and weight are more important than your height. Think of it this way: when you are out there skiing (flexing) that ski, the ski can tell how much you weigh and how good you are, but it can't tell how tall you are.

Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by mandraketeck View Post

I'm a bigger guy, 5'11, 220lbs, I'm currently skiing about 25+ days/year in Tahoe.

This is the first year I've skied much powder at all, I'm a decent skier, can do anything but the bumps pretty well.  I usually prefer to power through chop rather than hop around it.

I'm currently still on my 2004 K2 Axis XP  181mm which are:

115/78/105

I like my Axis, they are stiff, nimble, and forgiving when I ski hard/fast through the chop. 

I've been in Tahoe for the past 5 weeks and have had some decent Tahoe-level powder days.  6-12 inches.  I've tried the K2 Pontoons in 169 (wayyy too short) and the 179s

Obviously, they are an extreme.  I liked them.  They were great in the powder and I thought about buying a pair, but honestly,  by the end of the day, through anything more than slightly chopped up powder they were kicking my a$$.  They are really more useful on days with > 10" of snow, which in Tahoe doesn't happen quite that often. 

Anyone have suggestions on a powder-centric ski for me ?  I was thinking the Rossi S7 but I've read that for bigger guys they might be a little soft particularly when you want to plow through the cruft.    Apparently the 195's are stiffer, I'm not sure if I'd even want to rock the 195's?  I'd prefer a slightly more nimble ski that I can take through the trees.

I'm not looking for a one-ski quiver, however, I don't think I want more than 2 pairs...

Looking forward to your suggestions...

Am open to both all-mountain (mid-fat?) and powder ski recommendations.
-m
 

I would check out these 2 skis first.

185cm Line Mothership
190cm Volkl Katana

The mothership skis longer and is alittle more traditional and IMO would be a better choice for a charger out west. where as the Katana would work well for you be much more nimble while being alittle less stable on groomers and certain types of crud.

I myself could go either way and could see owning both if I was at the right mountain....but since stowes powder skiing is almost all in trees I choose the easier ski in trees which is the katana. 
post #6 of 8
What about something like a 187 Liberty Helix?  Lots of good reviews out there, and they come up on SAC every so often.  Plus they should feel not too much longer than your 181 XPs.
post #7 of 8
My Tahoe 2-ski quiver (the two skis that I actually use ;-) consists of: Head Mojo 94 (an everyday mid-fat, 94mm) and Dynastar Huge Trouble (flat camber fat ski, 115mm). 

Works well for me at Tahoe.  HT is not as good as the rockered in the true deep powder, but it blasts through chopped-up pow very well.   Pretty much all 94mm skis would work really well as an everyday ski in Tahoe, and often as a one-ski-quiver.

Alex
post #8 of 8
If you like the powder performance of a Pontoon, but want a bit easier handling in crud and on packed groomers, consider a Praxis ProTest or Volkl Kuro. 

If you are still in Tahoe, you can probably check out the Praxis at Start Haus. The build is second to none. I think they have 188s in stock and will likely have 196s sometime soon.

Then again, there's always the full reverse/reverse Praxis Powder Board ;)
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