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Best all mountain skis for the PNW?
hey guys, new here. been having trouble getting advice on getting new skis since most all my friends and family snowboard.
I know this question for "best all mountain skis" has been asked here before but I always see posters getting different results based on their experience, height, weight, and general ski location.
I'm about 5'10-5'11 160lbs male.
I've skied since I was about 5 but it was never more than 3 or 4 times a season, and it was always on some family members old gear or rented gear (never anything nice, no park,no all mountain,no twin tip skis, it was pretty much whatever I could get my hands on the night before).
But I decided that I finally want to actually put an effort into skiing. I would say I'm @ the intermediate skill level. I'm looking to ski all mountain (park, groomers, backside, powder, basically a little bit of everything).
I'll be doing all my skiing in the pacific northwest this season.
I've heard the ar7's by armada are good and the line chronic or blends are good but what do you guys think is good for skiing up in the PNW?
I'd look at some k2 shreditor 102s or on3p kartels
Nordica soul riders or some line blends. I ride in the pnw and I never leave my house without my soul riders
If you want the option of being able to ride heavy wet PNW powder don't get anything narrower than 100 underfoot. The problem with getting a "do it all" ski is that it won't be as amazing as dedicated equipment for a given task. A one quiver ski won't float as well as hellbents in powder, or be as agile and poppy as punx in the park, it will sit somewhere in between the two.
Soulriders are a little narrow but an acceptable choice. Shredditor 102's are a PNW favorites, along with rocker 2 108's, and line sir francis bacon's. I probably see those 3 skis the most in the PNW. All reasonable choices. I'm partial to the shredditors if I had to choose for myself. Hope that helps.
I am a transplant to the PNW from the Rockies and East Coast before that and I have found that while the snow is deeper in the PNW it is heavier thus not requiring huge underfoot skis to maintain float in pow. As it sounds like you are relatively new to the sport I would probably recommend the ON3P Kartel 106 not so much ski that you are unable to ski variable conditions but enough that you don't sink in the deep stuff. Last season at Baker I was able to try both the K2 Pettitor, Line Influence, Atomic Benchetler and a pair of DPS's (can't remember which one) and none of these compared to the ON3P Cease and Desist. Light playful and with enough pop to get you up and out of that cascade cement. I have not skied any of their models with a smaller waist but I like fat skis, I just know that I had more fun on the ON3P's than many of the major corps. Plus they are made in Merica' so how can you beat that!
I would say atomic blog, K2 shreditor 102 or 112, Line Bacon, or ON3P Kartel 106. All of those are super solid all mountain skis for the PNW
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