i'm not sure if that's how you spell intellectual, i'm too lazy to look it up. besides the point, how bout some advice?
i've read a ton of threads on pow skis from people who've never ridden pow skis... and people giving advice who don't even ride pow skis... so please, who what you're talking about before telling me something, i'm reasonably educated on this topic.
anywho, i live in eastern washington state, and i ski at a relatively small ski resort which happens to be where andy mahre grew up (and still skis at a ton to this day... i took a run with him the other day). that's besides the point, though. we don't get the MOST snow here at white pass, but this year around here and baker was some of the best skiing in the world for two years in a row now. last year i was skiing pow every other day i skied, literally... often over a foot each day. this year it was pow about 30 percent of the time. the snow never really gets ice-hard.... usually pretty soft, great for carving and such. the mountain has lots of steeps and some sick groomers... you usually get a lil' of everything every run you go down. there's tons of natural jibs, lips... everything. that being said, help me out here.
i've never owned a powder ski, but i've skied some. for several years now, i've skied on PE's and scratches for all conditions, which both have a waist of about 85. i like one-quiver skis that can do it all. i want to purchase a wider ski that caters to this all-mountain idea... wider for pow, because i hate trying to ski switch in two feet of snow with scratches (84 at waist... doable, but quite hard.) i really like the way both the PE's and the wrs fs scratchs ski, to give you an idea. i don't have the opportunity to demo many skis, so give me some ideas as to what might be a good choice for me. i'm about 5'8, 150 pounds, and both my skis right now are 174's. very advanced as far as skill.
what's your advice for a ski that can slay rails, stomp landings, carve grooms, ski pow (forwards and back) and is stable switch? that's a big one... being stable switch. i think the scratch wrs fs is one of the very best skis i've ever ridden.. i need something just like it that's a little wider. ideas! thanks.
right now my choices would be
scratch wrs BC
"hey, where's JP?"
"we should go outside man."
"OH a FU**ing flag!"
"looks like JP's backpack..."
"OH SH**, that was huge?!"