2nd ski in quiver for Big Mt. and Tree skiing?
Expert gear gurus,
Me: 5’5” at 165lbs male 55 yr aggressive advanced skier in N. Colo.
Current Ski: Atomic MEX 165cm
Could you please give me a list of skis that are the best, in your experience, for the following that I might demo or find if older models:
- Cornice jumps into either 2’ fresh untracked, 2’ tracked crud, 2” dust on crust, windblown/breakable crust
- Tree skiing in any of the above conditions
- Open bowl mid-high speed mixed radius turns/some straightlines
- Chutes with any of the above conditions (usually at Steamboat 1,2,3 or Copper Patrol Chute, etc.)
I will keep my MEX for front side/bumps, trees, etc but would like to get 1 more pair that can smooth out the above skiing conditions and still be somewhat fun to ski on, catch a little air on kickers, etc.
I have demoed the following skis last year on most of these conditions: (but did not go above 99mm underfoot and thought I might like to go over 100mm that can fit this criteria)
-Volkl Mantra (178)
-Volkl Bridge (169)
-Rossi S3 (177)
-Salomon Shogun (173)
Of those I liked the Shogun the best overall and the S3 the best for the lively fun ride, but I think they would be a replacement for my MEX and may not cover the more gnarly and deep days that we see once in a while in Colo.
I am looking to make skiing easier yet stay in the most difficult terrain, keep pushing myself while I can, and perhaps venture into the backcountry once in a while.
I really appreciate your input.
If you can send a list I can follow your threads on those specific models if they are already out there in a forum, just wanted to shorten the options based on your expert experience first. Thx.