After establishing that the Access could rip groomers, I decided to try them out on the ungroomed trails off the Thunder and Sublette lifts. To my surprise, they were amazingly nimble and forgiving through the bumps and trees. The low swing weight made them easy to maneuver though tight chutes and moguls. The tip-to-tail woodcore also made them poppy, responsive, and fun for smearing turns.
I was curious to see how they would handle deeper snow, so I hiked to some areas that get a little less traffic. About four inches had fallen several days before, but fluctuating temperatures had done a number on the snow quality. The snow was still good where the tree shadows shielded the sun, but in exposed terrain the snow was crusty and thick.
Coming down through the trees, the Access floated nicely, but it didn’t quite have enough brawn to handle gracefully the low-angle intermittent crud. The tips stayed up, but they really didn’t want to turn, and I struggled to charge through the crud.
The last few systems to move through Jackson brought everything from blower pow to cream cheese. In wind buffed or dry snow, the Access was a blast, but in the wet, denser snow, they didn’t quite have enough muscle and were difficult to turn.
In the light stuff, however, these skis were a lot of fun and didn’t feel at all undersized. Coming down through Rendezvous Bowl with six new inches from the night before, the Access was at its best. They didn’t give quite the same surfy feel that a fatter ski does in deep snow, but the substantial tip rocker made up for the lack of width, and they floated easily.
The best thing about the Access is that it is so easy to ski. Everyone from beginners to smaller expert skiers can enjoy it. East Coast skiers might need something a little narrower underfoot for the ice, and West Coast skiers might need something a little beefier for deep, heavy, wet days. But this is a perfect one-quiver ski option in the Rockies for someone looking for a little fatter ski for powder days that will still be fun between the storms.