ajkagy wrote:When ski manufacturers talk about the skier level of the ski they usually mean the stiffness of the ski.
Beginner skis are softer? K2 on the shuksan/backup says beginner to intermediate, most of the other skis discussed will say advanced to expert. Shuksan apparently has metal layers, KW does not. Backlash does. Not sure I follow this.
Bean wrote:it looks like it's actually got some decent pitch to it, 38-45 degrees in spots
Bill's route description here says the middle (easiest) couloirs don't exceed 37 degrees. The outside chutes are apparently steeper. How did you determine slope from that site? Just measurements and math from the topo? ... or did I miss a map layer? Thanks for the maybe on March - it would be great if it worked for you to go. I won't try this without someone along with good avy skils.
Bean wrote:Keep in mind that's the older brown ones, and I'm not entirely sure how they've changed.
According to BD's own promo copy, the newer blue ones have a softer tip for easier turn initiation at slower speeds. This sounds positive for what I'm looking for. Jordan White's review of the blue one vs brown one on Wild Snow made it sound like there wasn't much difference though.
Bean wrote:I'm disappointed that BD didn't make the replacement how I envisioned it
Maybe if you changed your signature line BD might do things more as you envision. They must be confused and don't know which to believe, "Bean is an idot" or "Bean is always right", ...it would be hard to figure out.
Crusier and pioletski:
I know I should be on 185's, I need to take a couple of days to get used to turning the bigger sticks, but when I only have 6 or 7 days per year to do the best sport ever its hard to force myself to "eat my peas and carrots". I'm not sure I want to risk the $239 on being able to make this transition. $239 is a great price though.
Thanks everyone this was extremely helpful.