Originally Posted by DHogg
I'm looking for a ski that is primarily an all mountain ski, but still does well in moguls. I'm am an instructor, but want to start doing more bump skiing as it is SO good for fundamental skiing skills. I'm from New Zealand, but ski/work in the US in winter.Mogul skiing is pretty much unheard of over here so i've never had much exposure to it. These skis will be only used for teaching and skiing bumps so has to be able to do everything pretty well. The speed limit isn't a huge deal as when i'm going mach 10, i'd have another pair of stiff,fat skis on.
I know there are a lot of threads on bump skis, but nothing really helped me for what I want.
I want something with a wood core, about 70-75 underfoot ect.
I am 5'11" 170lbs, strong, athletic, and level 9/10 skier.
How would something like the Fischer Progressor 8 be? I know it's really a replacement for the RX-8 which was always praised for its ability to ski everywhere well.
I owned the RX8, would assume that the Progressor 8 is similar but stiffer. Wasn't a big fan of them in bumps because they were so good as a carver, such quick edges, that they tended to grab in bumps and try to carve when I wanted a pivot instead. It's that stiff tail. Of the serious carvers, the best I've found in bumps were Blizzard Supersonics. Light, moderate sidecut, flexible enough to manage well, even though they bite like an ice skate. And a fairly progressive tail release, so you can work them. Supersonics are excellent all-arounds, although a touch energetic and stiff for soft snow.
IMO, though, twins do a lot better in bumps than directionals. I owned a pair of Stockli Rotor 76's that made bumps cry for mercy. (Well, OK, blink occasionally. I'm not good enough in bumps to humble them.) They also carved nicely, I could see teaching on them, very damp and smooth. These days, they come in a 72 and 74 version, then 84 and 106. I can attest to Head iM78/Peak 78's being very nice in bumps, and also very versatile, easy going. Not sure you want a real park ski, because the versions that narrow are often symmetrical and very floppy/springy in the tip/tail, which is great for air and switch, not so great for carving. And dedicated mogul skis are not that great for everything else, especially carving, because of the straight sidecut and flex pattern. Many here speak highly of the Extreme for bumps, but it's wider than you want. I didn't like K2 Recons, but many maintain they are good in bumps and overall.