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East Coaster, West Coast One-Ski-Quiver
Yoooo, my name is Steve and I'm from North Carolina but make 2-3 trips a year to the Colorado/Utah/Wyoming. I am an intermediate/advanced Type 3 skier that skis everything with the exception of rails and large jumps (icy groomers on the east coast, and all-mountain on the west coast). What I'm looking for in this future pair of skis is a one-ski-quiver twin-tip ski that performs well in 1-2 ft of powder, tight tree lines, and steep bowls with chop. I am 24 and a pretty big guy at 6'3,195 pounds and I have no set budget.
One thing to note is I've always skied directional skis that are pretty heavy so I like to charge hard and go fast. However, I would like to start skiing switch more often and learn to jib around the mountain with some small jumps and spins without sacrificing the edge hold/stiffness of a hard charging directional ski.
I've realized through research that because of my size, despite only skiing a 92 waisted ski, that I'm going to be looking at something fatter (between 100-108) with tip and tail rocker. Something between like a PB&J and Kartel108 for example. Any advice or insight is much appreciated!
Help a east coaster out! I definitely have a lot to learn about what's best for powder and groomers in the all mountain category.
Blizzard Regulator. 94 underfoot, all mountain twin, 20m turn radius....dolla dolla bills y'all. I ski it east and west just fine.
Another option could be next years Dynastar Legend 96 (NOT A TWIN THOUGH). In my opinion it did pretty well on the hard pack. It has a 15m turn radius as well.
OR the K2 Shreditor 92 or even the 102. Had the 92 and it wasn't too shabby.
4frnt devastator. Used to rip them in the midwest...did a slalom race in them...full rocker so when not on edge they pivot and float like a dream....medium stiff flex but they charge pretty hard. Put them on edge and they cut through chop. Damn good ski. Come in a 190 something too so they are big enough for you too
Blizzard Peacemaker sounds like a good option. at 104mm underfoot it's gonna perform very nicely in powder and the soft stuff while still being narrow enough to charge groomers. They are fairly maneuverable through tight spaces and bumps, hold an edge very well on groomers, and handle steeps just fine. On a modest resort powder day (8"ish), they performed well from the start to the end, either in untracked lines or chopped up leftovers. The tips don't dive and they have plenty of float. They feel good in the air, coming down, skiing forwards, skiing backwards, whatever. It's an asymmetrical twin tip so while it is more geared towards stuff out of the park, it will still be great for jibbing around and learning new tricks. Rocker in the tip and tail gives the ski a nice soft feel, which is quite surprising. Only downside I have is that it doesn't have too much of a backseat so you kinda gotta be powered forward a lot.
The LINE Sir Francis Bacon is great wide at 104 underfoot and floaty in powder. Its the powder ski thats perfectly designed for groomers and ripping all around the hill. There also kinda heavy like you said you enjoy... I think it'd be the perfect ski for you. They're a tad pricey at $850 but well worth it being a very highly praised ski!
Blizzard Peace Maker best currently.
You may want to wait until the new Rustler 10 from Blizzard comes out next year its sounding like a very good ski.
Old or New Line SFB, Devastator, Nomad 105, Peacemaker, Shreditor 102. There's lots. Anywhere from 100 to 110 with a decent amount of rigidity would have the most versatility.
ON3P Kartel 108! I have the 106 and it does everything it needs too and beyond. the 108 will only be better!
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