I am 6"1' 190 lbs. i ski about 30% resort front side, 40% resort back side, balance cat/heli. I am loking at the Volkl Gotoma, K2 Sidestash and Coomback, Icelandic Nomad. Any thoughts on which way to go.
new gear time!
my views were narrowing the field to four. I have heard the gotoma is a bit stifer and less forgiving than the sidestash and the nomad was just thrown in the mix by a buddy. The last time i bought skis they were 178 Dynastar 8000 legends so it has been a while.
what were your reasons for buying the 8000s and have those reasons changed? what did you like or dislike and has that caused you to look for new skis? you have to say a little more perhaps. dynastar still makes a similar ski, you could dial it in for width, length, and performance.
I bought the 8000 bc I liked the B2's i had been renting and the price was right. But now my needs have changed. I would like a fatter ski to ski the deeper powder and bigger mountains. I made my first to AK last year and skied a Volkl Kotoma and it was eye opening. My first run was spent learning how to ski a wide rockered ski. On the next trip I want to be able to jump right in and go. My terrain preference is also changing to more backside/OB/Cat skiing as well.
Alaska, Cat skiing, BC, you are ramping up. You could tell the forum what your resort skiing is about and blend that requirement with the pure powder skiing you do beyond the resort. sounds like you're saying you want to be up to speed on a real powder ski before you jump in the chopper; if so, get a true powder ski, keep your 8000s or B2s or whatever you have as a backup, groomer and bump and rock ski.