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post #61 of 64
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

 I think we ALL have cabin fever here. oooof. 

I'm watching "The Shining" while surfing these threads and was thinking "How do you get cabin fever in the winter?"


Red Rum,



post #62 of 64

I use a Scot Mission in a 178cm length for what you are describing.  Probably even hit 60 mph on them a few times.  I am 40 lbs. lighter than you, so maybe the same ski in the 183cm would work.  I don't do the park & they are not a twin tip, but they do have a slightly turned up tail & seem to ride switch okay for me.


As has been said, there are lots of skis that would work.  I am just passing on my personal experience about skis that I have skied on a lot of days, in many different conditions.



post #63 of 64
Originally Posted by Rotmilky View Post

The ski I'm looking for is not exactly the typical 'quiver of one' ski question.  I'm actually looking for a 'quiver of one wife specific grade' .  I'm 6'2" 200 lb level 9 skier who is now spending a number of days skiing with my level 5 wife.       My day of skiing with her ranges from skiing greens/blues (likely switch) with the occasional run through the park.  I get some periodic bump or glade runs that link up a bend between the blues...or just pick an untracked line through the trees.   I might hike the ridge for a run or two in the afternoon (local place is Taos) just to keep from going insane.  


I'm looking for a ski that can handle the groomers, bumps, tracked up ridge run, park, and glade runs that I hit in an average day of skiing with my wife.  As I mentioned in the title, since I'm often goofing off and can get way behind my wife, I'd like for that ski to hold while I'm blasting down the groomers trying to catch back up.  I'd like twin tips for the park and switch skiing.   The ski absolutely does not need lots of float for dumps and it doesn't need to be light.  I've got specific skis for those days.


Here's what I'm considering:


Rossi S5 Jago

Volkl Mantras

Line Chronic cryptonite


There are probably lots of others I've missed, though.  

Head John in 187 - we are the same height and weight and I often ski with my less aggressive wife. Great fun all rounder that does pretty much everything well. I ski the 180cm as I spend a lot of time in tight trees with my children's coaching group. Bought this thinking it would be a reasonable ski that I would spend a couple of day a week on and ended up skiing almost everyday on it as it is just so versatile. Reasonably light ski for hiking, more stable on hard snow at high speed than I thought it would be, skis bumps pretty well and overall does everything well.


On a side note as it is slightly off thread I cannot remember who was talking about 60 mph but having spent over 80 days on Flaik (gps/ piste map tracking device) I think that most people are dreaming if they think they are going 60 mph and should be banned if they think that going this fast outside the race course or on a completely empty slope is acceptable.


Last season I worked out the following:


Most skiing is done at less than 40 kmph

I can get to 60 kmph faster than I thought I would and do it more often than I thought I would for SHORT periods of time.

I think I am going fast once I exceed 70 kmph which does not happen that often.

Tucking down a 43 degree groomed slope means I can go 88 kmph on a 180cm/ 94mm 'soft' ski before it is flapping too much to be fun.

Patrol & Mountain safety (and most members of the public) think I am going fast once I exceed 40 kmph.

Most members of the public are not good enough skiers and do not have the situational awareness and critical decision making capability to spend any reasonable amount of time going faster than 45 kmph.


There are very few (relative to the skiing population) skiers that can ski above 60 kmph safely and in control. Those who think they are doing 60 mph regularly or 'all the time' are dreaming and if they are deluding themselves about their speed then they are deluding themselves about how 'safe' they are as skiers.

To sum up the Head John can do everything you want in a ski pretty well - there are lots of other skis that will do a good job too.

post #64 of 64

I couldn't agree more with Andrew. My best ski is a 180cm 9th Ward First Blood. It will do +60mph has a 91mm waist and skis everything well enough for this old geezer. Anything over 45mph is reckless behavior on a public slope. Or what you thought was mty. I started carrying a GPS because of ski patrol keep putting me in the ditch for what they called race course speeds. It's hard to tell how fast you are going when you ski in your comfort zone and control. So now I can check my speed and stay out of the patrols guns.

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