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I have only skied the 186. It was a fun ski for sure, it's not really a charging ski though, more on the softer playful side. The 190 on the other hand I have heard is much more of a charging ski with the camber and stiffer flex, but still retains its pivoting capabilities through rocker and slight taper.
Knowing you, I would say 190 Bibby.
09/10 Moment Bibby Pro (190cm)
WIN. And yeah, short running length plus a directional all mountain/charger/pow ski(I know these can ski switch great though) in general shouldn't really be under 190 for good skiers IMO anyways. My 195 333s are somewhat like these, but with a straighter rocker with a bit less rise, and a lot less tail rocker, and it's tapered.
You're lucky you get kicking horse. That was where my trip would most likely have been this year if my parents didn't blow all our money on my brothers rehab. REHABS FOR QUITTERS! still hoping for a weekend in a cheap hotel though..
Hopefully I can take you up on that!
And I forgot about the new Live Life people pointed out.. holy sidecut! but that's another good one most likely. The straight(ish) rocker they have should be nice. Anybody got a review to compare to the Bibby 190's good reviews?
But I think that this might be the winner, unless you get a ton of pow:
I want too many skis.
Hah, I was just on them yesterday. Mine are at -2 too, and I love them there, but I'll probably recommend to everybody that they mount at the recommended mark(-2.5) since this year Surface has that mark meaning something(center of running surface or -1 of it or somethin).
And they were great, lots of cliffs and pillows and open pow fields with plenty of snow covered trees and wind knolly stuff, and on some of the billy-goating type stuff they are much easier than 202 Lotus 138s(and all around, these take less effort to ski). Obviously on some cliffs I would want 10cm more tip(but..the past 3 pow days before this I've been on 202s mounted at -14) but they are great for what I wanted them for(everything on a day with any decent conditions somewhere).
You're right, 9/10 of chairs I get asked. The people who seem to like them most here(stevens pass) seem to be lifties and patrollers. At the end of the day I was dropping through the park to get to the car and some guy yells "look at that guys skis!" to his kid as I was skiing to the first hit.