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Top 5 Skis For Spring

Top 5 Skis For Spring By The Goggle Tanning Experts At Basin

It’s that time of year, the snow’s melting, the temps are rising and the skiing is getting slushier. For the diehard ski bum, spring is a time to work on the goggle tan and break out the tank tops. For us it’s a time to lay down the top 5 skis for spring skiing and how to make the most of what’s left of winter. Everyone is different when it comes to skiing but one thing is certain when skiing in the spring, there will be moguls. These bumps will be softer than your average mid- winter bump run but, you’re still going to need a ski that can navigate these bumps and flex a specific way to enjoy the bumps for all they’re worth.

I recommend a softer based ski for spring bumps skiing and find them to be a ton of fun in slushy conditions. Metal is not always your friend when it comes to spring skiing. A ski that’s to stiff is not going to have enough give in and out of bumps, especially if you’re on beer number 3 and your edge to edge control isn’t so good anymore.  Let’s face it, spring skiing is one giant party, I mean we don’t call the parking lot (below the last spring ski run open) the beach for nothing.

 

Line Sir Francis Bacon

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

For the wider waist width skiers out there I’d recommend the Line Sir Francis Bacon. This year they narrowed down the waist on the bacon and added cloud core. I like to call these wider, soft skis “Slush busters” because they float through the wet, soppy snow easily and navigate those unruly bumps smoothly. The Line Sir Francis Bacons make great powder skis and great skis and with the new cloud core technology ski smoothly through spring like ski conditions.

SPECS:

  • Waist Width mm:104
  • Length cm: 178, 184, 190
  • Shape mm:135-104-131
  • Sidecut m:4 (184cm)
  • Stance mm:Eric’s Choice -20 / Recommended -60
  • Weight:Weight: 2,045 g/ski (186)
  • Profile mm:9-3-9
    (Tip Early Rise-Camber-Tail Early Rise)

 

Nordica Soul Rider

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

Don’t be put off by this ski because it’s twin tip, park shape. The Nordica Soul Rider definitely deserves a spot in the Top 5 Skis For Spring. With a narrower waist than the Sir Francis Bacon the Soul Riders come in at 97mm underfoot. But as I mentioned above, I recommend a softer ski for spring skiing, so the Nordica Soul rider does not have a sheet of metal in it. It does have a Carbon Fiber laminate layup for snappy turn adjustment. This ski kicks a lot of butt in the off-piste choppy snow and can usually be spotted a few times on the hill in the spring.

SPECS:

  • Waist Width mm: 97
  • Length Cm: 169, 177, 185
  • Shape mm: 134-97-124
  • Sidecut m: 5 (177cm)
  • Stance mm: Recommended -60
  • Profile: All Mountain Soul Rider (Rocker Tip- Camber Underfoot- Rocker Tail)

 

Atomic Vantage 95C

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

A redesign off the old Vantage Theory the Vantage 95C is redesigned and reconstructed for a more multi-dynamic ski. The 95 C is designed with Atomic’s carbon tank mesh layer and a Lite wood core. Again no metal but still a great ski.  In fact this ski does quite well in a variety of conditions, not just spring snow. With their trademark firewall and superior sidecut and tip/tail rocker this ski is a powerhouse without the skier having to put a ton of effort in. Unlike other skis with rocker, Atomic has extended their sidecut and reduced their rocker down to the perfect amount so that the ski is very stable. Turn initiation in and out is also very fluid and doesn’t slip out exiting a turn. A really fun ski in slushy bumps.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 134 (@186cm)
  • Waist: 95 (@186cm)
  • Tail: 121 (@186cm)
  • Radius: 18.9m (@186cm)
  • Weight: 1.85 kg (@186cm)

 

K2 Pinnacle 95

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

Some people love this ski some people hate it.  I think it’s a contender as one of Top 5 Skis For Spring because it’s got a great design to it. The 95 in the name stands for 95mm underfoot and it has similarities to the old BBR skis, the difference being these ski in a little bit more dynamic manner and the tip is wider than the waist. This ski comes with a metal laminate but it’s not a full sheet of titinal. The only incorporate the metal into the outside of the ski for strong edge hold and chatter reduction. Their nanolite core is a mix of a mystery nanolite wood and aspen. Aspen tends to be a snappy wood and provides a solid alternative to carbon without additional weight. This ski has a good amount of tip rocker and helps when turning in and out of spring bumps and flowing through the slushy chunder.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 132
  • Waist: 95
  • Tail: 115
  • Radius: 17m @ 184cm

 

Armada Eldollo

 

Top 5 Skis For Spring

 

This is Henrik Harlaut’s signature ski. You know, that guy who is crushing it in the X-Games. The one with the dreads down to his waist? Well he may look like a park rat but he has some great ski designing knowledge and this ski performs well in a multitude of conditions including spring slush which is why it’s on of Top 5 Skis For Spring. At 98 underfoot this ski is seriously fun and has this hybrid double zone core so that it engages and disengages pressure in a responsive manner. A great floater in soft spring like conditions.

SPECS:

  • Tip: 133 (@ 178cm)
  • Waist: 98 (@ 178cm)
  • Tail: 123 (@ 178cm)
  • Radius: 20m @ 178cm

If any of the skis interest you or you have your eye set on something not listed above, and are curious how it performs in spring conditions give us a call, we’d be happy to help you find the right ski for you. We can be reached 7 days a week too!


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