- Mar 6, 2005
- Southeast NH
Yes, that's a good compromise+1
Wider skis with some rocker are a total game changer in deep snow and trees. 98mm is a good compromise width for eastern powder, but even wider is better if can manage dedicated powder skis.
If I only was to have one pair of skis in the East and I skied North enough that powder and trees being open frequently was my common experience, I would buy something in the 95 - 100 range.
If those conditions where infrequent for me, but I still valued good performance the few days a season I got to ski them, 88-92 would be what I'd want.
Right now my everyday ski is a 90 and my powder ski a 107. Love them both. I'm pretty particular about performance though. The 90s are mostly great, but leave something to be desired on the boilerplate days. A 90 width is also still a bit too burly for proper ziplinning bumps.
I finally tried a set of modern bump skis with Savemeasammy a couple weeks ago and holy cow what a difference. Made me want a pair in a big way, but I'm guessing they wouldn't deliver what I want on boilerplate. Going to a four ski quiver seems a bit much. I'll probably eventually grab something in the 75-80 range that has great bite on the hard stuff, but also can zip well. I think something like a Head irally would fit the bill.
Ski manufacturing has gotten so advanced it really has me by the balls. The manufacturers have gotten so good at producing equipment for specific conditions that once you try such a ski, it makes you not want to compromise.
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