Cy Whitling (see Bio)
I. What’s your 2-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
If you’ve read my 3-ski quiver selections, my choices here are probably going to be boring. I spend most of my inbounds time at Grand Targhee in Wyoming, and my touring is done in the surrounding area: GTNP, Teton Pass, Togwotee Pass, etc., and I like wider, more playful skis. I get to ski a fair amount of soft snow, and I don’t really care for ripping groomers or laying down crazy carves, so that’s reflected in my quiver choices.
The first (and most important) ski I’d put in my quiver would be the Moment Deathwish, mounted with inserts for a touring binding and an alpine binding. That ski is all I need 90% of the time. It’s light enough that I can do longer tours on it, and its blend of playfulness and stability is really hard to beat. I just spent opening day on it, and that just reminded me how much I love this ski.
As far as my second ski, I’m more torn here. The safe call would be a Bibby / Blister Pro, ON3P Kartel 116, or Black Crows Anima, but with the Deathwish already in my quiver, I’m not sure I really need another great do-it-all ski. So, I’d be inclined to go a little softer and more playful and choose the K2 Catamaran, or Armada ARV 116 JJ. Those skis don’t do as well on the chopped-up days compared to a ski like the Blister Pro, but for when I want to noodle around and jib everything, either of those skis would hit the mark perfectly. Given how much snow Targhee often gets, I’d give the nod to the wider Catamaran, but it’s not a huge deal either way.
II. What’s your 2-ski quiver for the next 3 years, regardless of location?
As far as a travel quiver that I could take anywhere in the world, I’d still go with the Deathwish and Catamaran. But if I lived somewhere that often has ice and moguls, I’d probably have to swap my fat pow ski for something like an ON3P Wrenegade 98 or maybe the J Skis Metal.
III. What ski was most difficult to leave off your list?
I’m really excited about the J Skis Metal. I’ve just started getting time on it, and my initial takeaway is that it has a higher top end than I’m used to, while still being a blast. I’ll spare you the gushing text messages I’ve been sending to Jonathan about this ski, but so far, I’m psyched.
And, as I said in my 3-ski quiver selection, the Sego Big Horn 106 is probably my second choice after the Deathwish in that quiver spot. If only it was a little wider…
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?
Probably the 190 cm K2 Catamaran. If it’s just a little bit more stable and versatile than the shorter version, while still being a ton of fun to play and slash on, it will replace the shorter version in all my selections.
V. If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 2-ski quiver, which company would you pick?
This one’s easy: Moment. I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but the recipe they’ve got right now really works for me. The Deathwish and the Bibby Pro both make me smile, a lot, and that’s what I want out of a ski.
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