I. What’s your 1-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
For the past several years, I have spent more than half of my ski days inbounds at Taos Ski Valley. While Taos can be blessed with deep, blower powder, there are many days when the snow is less than ideal. As someone who grew up skiing in the east, I generally enjoy all types of conditions, and need a ski that can handle anything. For those who have not skied Taos, it is a steep mountain with more chutes than groomers, and after several weeks without snow, the runs are either smooth and chalky, or covered in jagged moguls. But no matter what the conditions are, I automatically reach for the Line Pandora 110.
On powder days, the Pandora 110 has enough float to keep me happy in the fresh untracked snow, and it’s stiff enough to allow me to charge through the crud on the way back to the lift. When skiing steep, chalky chutes, I know I can count on the Pandora 110 to hold an edge and turn as needed (no unexpected hooking or tip grabbing). On the days when a fall in these conditions / terrain could be serious, the Pandora’s reliability is key.
II. What’s your 1-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?
The Line Pandora 110. Although I have only used them with dedicated alpine bindings, I would also happily take these into the backcountry.
III. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
I’ve been so pleased with the Pandora 110 that I don’t currently have another ski that, for me, really challenges the Pandora 110.
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 Liberty Genesis 96, Armada Trace 98, and Blizzard Black Pearl 98. I would like to find a ski that is slightly narrower and a little more playful than the Pandora 110, while still being able to charge through crud and chop.
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