Cy Whitling (see Bio)
I. What’s your 1-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
I’d choose the 184 cm Moment Deathwish for year-round skiing in the Tetons, and I’d mount them with inserts for the Tyrolia AAAttack 13 (alpine binding) and the Fritschi Tecton 12 (alpine touring binding).
For how and where I ski, the Deathwish does it all — it’s predictable in a wider range of conditions than any other ski I’ve used, and more importantly, it’s fun in almost as wide of a range. This weekend I was reminded that on truly firm snow it’s not the best ski I’ve been on, but short of that, I’m happy to be on the Deathwish. It’s light enough for big days of touring, it’s wide enough to ski deep days, and it’s an absolute blast in chop. I like this ski, a lot.
As I’ve said before, I could probably swap the Sego Big Horn 106 for the Deathwish and not mind too much, but it’s not quite as fun on deep days.
I used to ski a 189 cm K2 Shreditor 112 as my 1-ski quiver, and, while I still love that ski and I miss it (I don’t think the K2 Marksman or the Catamaran really fills the void it left) the Deathwish has a little more backbone, and it is also lighter than the Shreditor 112.
II. What’s your 1-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?
I’d still go Deathwish and just avoid ice and moguls. But if I knew that ice and moguls were in my future, I’d go with the J Skis Metal. It’s significantly better than the Deathwish when the snow gets firm, and it’s still plenty playful and fun. I’ll have my own full review of The Metal out soon, but for now, let’s just say I’m pretty smitten.
III. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
Probably the Sego Big Horn 106, it’s a pretty fun and versatile ski. The Armada ARV 106 isn’t too far off this mark, either. Personally though, I just really like skis in the 110-112 width, and these slightly narrower options don’t quite do it for me.
IV. What ski do you imagine has the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski it, or get to ski it more?
Maybe The Metal will surprise me in pow and it will dethrone the Deathwish? I doubt that though. I have heard rumors of a narrower (110-ish) Atomic Bentchetler (return of the Atomic Blog anyone!?!) that get me pretty excited. I have no idea if that’s a real thing yet, but a Blog with just a little more backbone than the current Atomic Backland FR 109 sounds pretty dang awesome to me!
NEXT: Brian Lindahl’s 1-Ski Quiver Selections