Originally Posted by Fishdog
About me:-Expert skier.-40.-5'11-170 lbs. Ski exclusively in the West. Squaw Valley.
(A)-enjoy bombing big open groomers.
(B)-trying to branch out more backside, powder and all mountain skiing.
I am thinking buying both:
177 Volkl AC30's
178 Volkl Gotama
Do you think this is a good match? Other recommendations?
Please excuse the editing....wanted to clean it up a little.
So..............................Last questions first.
Good match?....Fair at best
Other recommendations?......Sure tons of them. (Some are even Volkls)
Your selections are fair at best because you do not have a ski that truly excells at the conditions you will see the most @ SVUSA or anywhere else in Tahoe for that matter. Depending of course upon where you live, how often you get out and the day(s) of the week you ski, conditions in Tahoe are often the "day after" (or) "man....you shoulda been here Tuesday" kinda stuff.
#1....most important ski in your quiver. get this one right and #2 doesn't matter as much.
AC-30: Good for "bombing" groomers but SVUSA is a little too crowded on weekends for that. If you ski midweek, this is maybe an OK choice. However, this ski in your quiver should be more versatile than the AC-30 (or the AC-50 FTM). The best ski in Volkls lineup for this job description is the Kendo.
#2...Secondary in importance but fun to have.
Gotama: This is a good narrow powder ski but has little utility otherwise when compared to many other choices. The full length rocker shape on a ski this narrow makes little sense because in this particular case, it makes the ski less useful in mixed conditions. (At SVUSA this could be anytime after 11:30) If your other ski is chosen to give you the right kind of versatility, then this ski should be wider. If you do choose to buy this one, the 178 is too short.
Come to the Start Haus and see Dr. Phil or myself, or Tyler, or Hunter.