Putting on skis
- Jan 31, 2017
This one is easy. Stockli Laser AX.
I have a decent quiver of skis now. I am 6'4", 240 lbs, expert skier. Ski Race coach for a local youth program in Mass. I still haven't found my daily driver for firm, variable conditions that I can ski on groomers, ski moguls, and ski in the glades. I have found my daily driver for soft variable conditions: Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm.
-Rosi Slant nose 9STi slalom ski, 70mm, 175 cm, love the ski for small hills. Too reactive for high speeds on big mtns', too stiff for moguls
-Blizzard Magnesium FIS GS ski, 68mm, 193 cm, great ski for going fast, doesn't turn when going slow, I don't ski it off piste
-Kastle MX 78, 78mm, 184 cm, very close to my firm daily driver, not too stiff, just right, not good at short radius turns, bad in slush
-Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS, 88mm, 184 cm, very burly ski, not good at short radius turns, doesn't pivot at all, I like it but not daily driver, really good ice grip
-Blizzard Brahama, 88mm, 187 cm, I thought this would be the one, on ice the tails release on me, great at slarves on ice, but not carves, really like it everywhere else. I put a race tune on it from SkiMD, its the ski
-Liberty Origin 96, 96mm, 187 cm, love this ski with race tune, tips don't carve but rest of ski does, pivots on a dime, my tree ski, great in deep snow too
-Ski Logik Charriot, 101mm, 178 cm, a little short for me but skied it a lot, close to retirement on this ski, great in slush, skis like a fat slalom ski
-Blizzard Zero G 108, 108mm, 185 cm, touring ski that can be used in the resort, like it a lot for touring and in soft resort snow
-Ski Logik Depth Hoar, 142mm, 191 cm, powder ski, it rocks when there is fresh snow and it floats me right on top, love it
I will ideally replace the MX78 and Brahama with a daily driver. What I want it to do:
- carve really well on groomers, close to a race ski, and make short radius turns as well as GS turns
- have great grip on ice, very important for someone my size in NE.
- not be as stiff as my race skis so it won't beat me up in moguls
- have a little rocker so it can pivot or turn quick in the trees (this is secondary to carve great on groomers)
- handle soft snow and dense snow (mashed potatoes) without getting grabby, or at least not too grabby
I am looking for a powerful ski that carves great, even on ice, but doesn't get too bad in variable conditions (trees and moguls). It should be quick turning and be more slalom ski than GS ski. It needs to cruise at a relaxed pace as well. I am asking for a lot, I know.
My thinking for candidates:
Fischer RC4 The Curv, 178 cm
K2 Ikonic 84 TI, 184cm
Kastle MX 84, 184cm
Blizzard Firebird, 178cm
Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti, 182cm
Elan Amphibio Black, 178
Rossignol Hero Elite Plus Ti, 181cm
Salomon S/Max Blast, 180cm
Atomic Redster X9, 181cm
If there is a ski on or off the list that meets the criteria let me know.