Whats up NS, I couldn't find any recent threads on comparing all mountain/daily driver skis focused on the cottonwoods/Alta type terrain without much park, so I thought I'd ask for some ski advice that can hopefully help others in the market out too.
Stats: 5 foot 11, 155 lbs, 23 years old, type 3+ skier.
Style: Generally pretty aggressive and like to drive my tips but am down to try out a more centered stance on a ski w reverse camber and/or mounted close to center. Most skiing revolves around natural hits and cliffs. Ski park 4-5x a year max but the only park ski I have right now is way too short so being able to take the ski to the park occasionally would be a bonus fs.
Goals: Generally go bigger off natural features and cliffs and increase my bag of tricks (3 and backy rn basically). A balanced and predictable ski on takeoff and in the air is definitely a priority. Selling my PBJs opened up that ~100 mm area, but I'm cool with a wider reverse camber ski too if yall recommend.
Main Attributes Im looking for.
- Playful, good air feel and balance (-2 to -5 from center, low swing weight, trickability)
- Enough tip/tail rocker or soft enough to get on tips for butters/maybe land switch in fresh
- Stiff enough tails to save backseat landings not wash out on jumps up to 50 and cliff drops up to 25 feet
- Shortish turn radius
- 95-108 mm underfoot
- Avoid overdamping while still having some degree of charge/not folding in chop (more important than butterability)
- on3p wrens felt kind of dead/overdamped for example
Ranking of skis I've ridden (still own in bold)
1. Moment Deathwish 112 (daily driver/pow) (181) - Good flex and flickable, ski mounted closer to center could be lit tho
2. Line Vision 108 (touring) (181) - Love the energy, flex, and 19 m turn radius/, but way too light
3. Moment PBJ (188) - fun with good pop, little sharper turn radius like 21m would be sick, just too long and a bit stiff
4. Head Caddy 84 (old rock/slope ski) (171) - good energy and pop, fun low turn radius, skis way too short w length/mount
5. ON3P Wrenegade 96 - too stiff for me + super early rocker made driving the tips/the ski feel weird for a while + made it ski shorter than I'd like. Good balance on takeoffs, in air, and landings. Think Jeffrey could be cool given its softer flex.
6. Vishnu Wide - only fully rockered ski I've had. Too soft other than for low speed park/jumps, butterability was lit though.
7. Line Sick Day 125 (never use) (189) - too heavy and wide for my height and weight, trying to sell
Skis Im looking at in no particular order other than brand:
Atomic Bent 100
Moment Wildcat 101, Deathwish 104
K2 Reckoner 102
ON3P Jeffrey 96/98/102
Armada ARV 106 (probs older model)
4FRNT Devastator (probs older model)
I know the Meridian and Devastator are outliers, but I really only have the budget for one ski and not sure what to pair with my Deathwish 112s and reverse camber in a stiffer ski than my old vishnus sounds pretty dope. Thanks guys and let me know if I should add/drop skis from this list/any input is appreciated!
Basically want a semi-damp/as chargeable as possible daily driver that still allows for butters based on either its shape or flex profile. Ideally it would have decent pop, shorter/ish sidecut radius, and balanced air feel and flick/trickability. Good maneuverability/quick responsiveness would be huge plusses too. Not super picky about width but already have a Deathwish 112, and usually ski Alta.