Back to fat skis and knees, I've just spent the last two days on my Solly Q98's, first time used this season. We had 8" of fresh on Tues and a lot of left over yesterday at Grand Targhee. My knees, generally, are not stressed by skiing narrower skis. Targhee has a lot of traverses and long run outs, and, immediately I can feel something is stressing my knees on the flats . Same when skiing runs that were groomed, but, I found it difficult to make the transition to wider skis, so, there were many factors in play. No way I would ski a 100 ish ski as a daily driver, but, they rock in powder. I remember my Kastle 88's, which are stiff, beat up my knees at days end.
Liam, I skied my Pulse 170's for the first 4 days at Jackson on some very eastern snow. I really like the carve of that ski and love having no metal in the bumps as I do not get thrown around. Mine is a 170, the 180 is a big boys ski perfect for Helluva. It got beat up in Rendezvous Bowl by some rocks just under the surface, base grind is coming soon. They are heavy, especially with the Vist bindings.
I'll take a look, but I think the remaining Pulses are all short (170cm, and shorter, I am not sure we ever had the 180cms).
LP, your experience is the whole conundrum... Skinny felt good in Rendezvous bowl, but you hit the rocks below (and that's near the Top of Jackson!). And at Targhee in snow Fatter skis help a ton because 1. It's light snow and 2. Targhee lacks pitch, lots of pretty flattish pow trails and traverses like you said(and where there is pitch, at Targhee it's short...I know folks will chafe at that comment, but it's true...it's even truer at Wolf Creek! Lot's o'blower pow, little pitch).
I'm patrolling right now (taking a computer break in the office...I'm supposed to be grading...)we have a day old 3 inch breakable crust on the hill, especially in the Bumps and trees...I actually switched to the Big Ski Logik Howitzer to break up the crust on our more traveled bump and tree runs (It was scarey as hell in the trees even on the REV 90's, probably scary on the Shamans, too as they don't plane in those conditions either).
Like I say, it's hard to find that perfect ski, the groomers are actually soft and dense today (in other words, excellent) and a narrow carver is perfect...but, the glades are open and I really couldn't rescue or assist a patient in the glades today on those skis without also putting myself at some risk.
These are unusual conditions today. For what I ski typically (like at K-Ton this week), I still haven't found another ski as versatile as the Icelantic Shaman (which matches my skiing perfectly), but I'd like to find it's narrower replacement-I skied two lengths of the Shaman SKNY this weekend...hated them both,
Ok, back to work..Greg I'll poke around the shop tomorrow and see if we have longer Pulses (we have the longer Hart Phoenix for sure, but that is a more specialized ski).
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7