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Where/What skis to rent for powder skiing in SLC

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OK I'll be in UT on 12/23 until 12/26.  I plan on skiing Alta and maybe 1 day in Deer Valley.  Should I expect powder conditions for the next 4 days even though the snow storms will be petering out?  Should I be renting powder skis or all-mountain skis?  Where can I rent powder skis? And which are good?  I have never skied west coast powder before.  

 

I noticed that the skinsee.com rental store has K2 Apache skis as their Preferred ski rental.  Should these skis be good for powder? Are there any other rental places that may be better?  Yeah I'm excited, but I don't want to screw up on my equipment.  

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Can anyone help me? I'm leaving soon.  

post #3 of 6

Tomorrow will likely be a powder day--the rest will probably not.  There will likely not be a lot of powder around after Friday morning.  If you are skiing Alta tomorrow, they have a lot of good wide skis to rent up at the resort.  Also, Deer Valley has a free Rossi demo center by the Empire Canyon Lodge that may offer some good options.  Otherwise, I would focus on a wider all mountain ski in the 85-98mm range for every day except tomorrow.  Not sure what the shops are renting but I am thinking Volkl Mantra, Rossi S3, Head John, Dynastar Sultan etc. 

post #4 of 6

Swing by the shop under the Peruvian at Alta. You'll do well to do what they say.

 

Alternatively, the guys who run http://www.wasatchpowderskis.com/ post regularly at TGR & here as well (eg see http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198749). You would probably do well to pay attention to what they have to say too.

 

Pick one. Have fun. Get something more modern & fatter than the Apaches if you are going to hit soft snow.

 

Just remember: fat+rocker = good

post #5 of 6
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Thanks for the help.

post #6 of 6

Alta ski shop at the Wildcat base has a good selection of skis, and they keep a good tune on them. You can swap out skis all day if you want, and they have 2 other locations  on the mountain where you can swap them also.

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