^exactly. one of the smaller models would be fine. wide enough for more snow, but ive also seen people who love em in the park, even in the east. groomers and such would prolly be fine too, they are a little softer but i doubt itd make a huge diff wen ur just cruising to get to the park or w/e
ok kids, seriously, you will survive if you only ride these skis for a season if ski soft snow 100% of the time but you're doing yourself a huuuuge diservice. its a fact that if you want to ski park at all, or even rip groomers a powder ski is going to hold you back. pollard only rides his pro model in deep pow anyway.
i dunno about that. i ride motherships as my main ski and i love them to death, even on east coast ice. you can butter like mad and you can slow down spins and make em llok so mice. not to mention its a way wider platform for landing.
ep is alot wider, but they could definatly be fun.
I have a pair of SFBs and they r awesome everywhere on the mountain except for when the snow is hard and tracked up. I think the EP pros are too soft of too wide for your only ski. i would recommend getting getting some SFBs if you want something fat that works well all over the mountain
he actually skis them if there is one inch of new. I am not claiming to know the guy, but he stopped by the shop one day and I talked to him for a few minutes. I definitely would have expected it to be only deep pow too, but alas, one inch of new or more.
I am 5' 7" 145lbs. I ski colorado. I have ep pros as my only ski and enjoy them very much. I found them to be very quick edge to edge on groomers, even at higher speeds. It is a funny looking situation though with the early rise, as you are stable with the 100cm of flat ski underfoot, but at speeds your tips and tails flap up and down. It is crazy looking but a great ski to ski.I have ridden them in a wide variety of conditions. The only situation they did not perform well was in the bumps, of course. They are a really fun ski for all conditions if you understand how to ski with your weight centered on the ski. I have never had so much fun in the trees with a ski, they are similar to the feel of a snowboard as far as quick turns and float. I have not taken them into the pipe, yet. I enjoy them very much. I will however say that this ski is probably not for everyone, if you get the chance to ski some go for it, they defy all normal skiing ideals, ideas and rules.
You could, and you'll get by, but you'll also have to accept that they will be a comprimise most of the time. There isn't a black and white answer to whether or not they're good as an everyday ski; any conclusion you come to is highly subjective. Any time you pick just one ski to own it's going to have certain shortcomings, it's just a matter of picking something that will excel at what you do (or like to do) most.
I have one pair of skis for resort skiing and they're horrible for jumps and moguls, but they're great for the skiing I do the majority of the time. Are they the right one-ski quiver for everyone? Absolutely not. Do I like the characteristics of the ski and what I can do with them? Of course. It's good to get feedback about whether or not a ski is good for whatever you're doing, but in the end the decision is about what you want.
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I have EP Pros and Elizabeths. EP pros for any day with new snow, and elizabeths for everything else. While I do have fun skiing my EP pros on groomer days sometimes, it's not something I have the desire to do all the time. That's where the Elizabeths come in. Neither ski is for everyone. As soon as I have the funds, I want to buy more of a charging/big mountain ski like the Liberty Helix because sometimes I like to haul ass and charge over bumps etc and I don't like the EP pro or Elizabeth for that purpose. If you get into any kinda crud/bumps Snowbird a week after a storm off-groomers type stuff, the EP pro SUCKS imo. If you only ski on powder days, then yea, for sure go with the EP Pro, but don't if you try and ski every day of the week.
If I were you, and could only have one ski, I would seriously consider the Sir Francis Bacon. Much better all around but still a lot of fun in all areas, I had a pair last season.
But in the end, do what you think is right, go with your instinct.