I’m Rene and I’m looking for some new skis. I know what I want from my skies, but the number of options is just overwhelming. Please share your knowledge and help me out of this maze of options!
I’m an advanced skier, mostly ski in the French Alps, 70% of the time off-piste (depending on conditions), but play around all over the mountain, in between the trees, on glaciers, on the sides of groomers, moguls and occasionally in the park (only small jumps and rails). So not much on-piste speeding.
I have a very playful skiing style, always jumping, grinding and spinning on every bump I can find on my way down. But when there is fresh powder, I’m in! And, recently got excited for tour-skiing. I’m looking for a ski that fits my style, enables me to do all those things, keeps me playful, is light and can do fresh pow.
I’m a light weight (65kg/143pounds) and not very tall (172m/5.6feet) and older than most expect (30). Features I want from my skies are: Flexible and playful, directional twin tip or with a small rise, a bit of camber, lightweight but durable and still enables me to carve a bit.
I did some googling and the following skies caught my interest:
Dynastar menace 98
Völkl mantra m5
Völkl blaze 98
Armada arv 96
Elan ripstick 96
I haven’t tried any of these skies except the Armadas. Very playful, lot of pop, I loved them! Until I got a bit of speed, then they start shaking and bounding. I was lucky enough to test them also in knee deep powder and they did pretty good! They don’t really float but the flex pops your tips out of the snow when needed.
I hope I have given you folks a good idea about what I’m looking for and you are able to give me some guidance through the maze of skis. Please let me know what you are thinking.