Deep, Soft Chop and Variable
The Governor is a powerful pow ski that is quick while also feeling substantial. But the impressive quickness you get from those tapered tips do come at a cost when skiing in tracked up pow at high speeds; the skis are more prone to deflection. Having said that, the Rossignol Squad 7 with its even lighter tips are more prone to deflection, as is the Praxis GPO.
Maybe the most helpful thing I can say here is that if you already have pow skis with tapered tips that you like in these conditions, then I am confident that you will like the Governor.
Firm, Bumped-Up Conditions
If we were going to go ski Taos’ Reforma right now, and I had to pick among the group of tip-tapered, directional, more substantial pow skis like the Governor, Praxis GPO, 14/15 Rossignol Squad 7, and DPS Wailer 112RPC, I would choose the Governor. It feels the most stable and most substantial of the group. I wouldn’t call the Governor a super damp ski, but it is definitely more damp than the other skis in this category.
And in big, firm moguls, if you’re skiing strong you can ski hard and fast and make these work. Get lazy or careless, however, and those tails will punish your mistakes. That’s not a complaint, just a fact.
Bottom Line / Who’s It For?
The Moment Governor is a substantial, directional ski with a real tail that is still quite easy to ski. It is quick and substantial, which is a fairly rare combination. Actually, I can’t think of another ski that marries these two attributes—quickness and stability—as well as the Governor.
If you’re looking for something that can handle deep pow at the top of the mountain, and will also lay down trenches on the groomers back to the lift, then the Governor deserves your vote.
If you wish that the Rossignol Squad 7 or DPS Wailer 112RPC came in a longer length, then I would definitely encourage you to check out the 196cm Governor.
And if you like predictable, directional skis with tapered tips and powerful tails that hold up well in resort conditions, then I haven’t skied anything yet that I would put in front of the Governor.
Deep Dive: Moment Governor
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You can also now check out Brett Carroll’s 2nd Look review of the Governor.
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