Paul Forward (see Bio)
I. What’s your 1-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
As I’ve said in the 2- and 3-ski quiver descriptions, I need a big pow ski for heli guiding, and the DPS Lotus 124 Alchemist Spoon is currently the best and most versatile ski I’ve found in this category. I could ski it all season from the sled, cat, and heli, and swap out for a tech binding for touring.
II. What’s your 1-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?
I love to tour and I love pow, so that’s my priority, but I need something that can at least provide for some passable fun inbounds and on firm snow. For a light ski that can surf and tour for pow, but with a shape than can handle inbounds conditions, I’d opt for the Volkl BMT 109.
III. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
The Head Kore 117 could also be a good option for a ski that is strong and stable enough for inbounds riding, floats and performs well in big mountain powder, and is light enough to tour on.
The Blizzard Zero G 108 is another versatile and lightweight choice for traveling just about anywhere. It does a little better in the crud and firm stuff than the BMT 109 but doesn’t perform as well in powder.
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?
The DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 could be a great do-it-all ski, especially if I’m traveling to lower snow locales part of the year, or if we have a drier winter, but it’s quite narrow for heli skiing.
I’d also like to get time on the Volkl V-Werks Katana in the 191 cm length. So far, I’ve only had the chance to ski the 184 and was impressed, but wanted a little more ski.
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