Sam Shaheen (see Bio)
I. What’s your 1-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
I spend 80-90% of my ski days in the backcountry. Mid winter, I’m typically searching for soft snow, and in the spring, I’m heading for high peaks and steep lines. So a 1-ski quiver for me needs to accomplish several things: be wide enough to perform in deep, light, Colorado pow; have enough rocker to make due in funky wind crusts and weird variable snow; be stiff enough to run at high speeds in consistent conditions; and be torsionally strong enough — and with enough camber— to hold an edge and inspire confidence on steep slopes in terrible snow conditions. And it needs to do all of this while being light enough to haul up big peaks.
That’s a lot of specific requirements, yet for me, this is not a hard decision. The G3 SENDr 112 checks each of these boxes. For a 188 cm, 112mm-wide ski that weighs in at ~1850 g per ski, it is surprisingly damp while also being very precise. It isn’t the most forgiving ski out there, and it definitely likes to be driven hard, but all of the effort you put in comes back in a strong, precise, and exciting ride.
II. What’s your 1-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?
I would also have to go with the SENDr 112. If I ended up skiing in low snow areas, it would definitely be a bit cumbersome, but I think its versatility — for my style of skiing at least — is worth the dip in hard-snow performance.
III. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
This isn’t an original or interesting stance to take here at Blister, but the Moment Blister Pro is a ski that’s hard for me to leave off. I think a 184 cm Blister Pro with a set of Marker Kingpins would make an incredible (albeit, a bit strong) 50/50 setup. It wouldn’t be the best ski mountaineering setup, but for everything else, the Blister Pro is just so fun.
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 Black Crows Corvus Freebird has always intrigued me, and I’d like to check it out.
NEXT: Scott Nelson’s 1-Ski Quiver Selections