Got a quick question. I'm off to ski Japan in early February 2011 (most likely Niseko), and given the snowfalls up there, I'm debating what to do about skis.
I currently ski on a pair of 06/07 177 cm Volkl Karmas, which are 87 cm underfoot; I am 5'11 and 74 kg. If I had to rate myself as a skier, I'd give myself 8.5/10 all-mountain, and about 7/10 in the powder.
I think the Karmas are the best skis I've ever owned, but I'm wondering whether or not to take them to Japan -- or save myself the hassle and hire a pair of fatter skis when I get there (taking my boots regardless). I've ridden the Karmas in Whistler, Chamonix, Grindelwald and La Plagne (in terms of powder skiing) and they've held up reasonably well. Never been to Japan before.
So, how do you all think they will hold up? Will I be better off on a fatter ski?
Also, just wanted to say thanks in general to all the contributors here, especially regarding ski equipment. I demoed and bought the Karmas a few years back mainly based off the detailed reviews I found on epic, and I haven't been disappointed since.