Running jib laps on Wildcat, I found spinning the Opus to be as natural as turning the ski left or right. Nose and tail butter 3s and 5s off Punk Rock were also fun and easy, and any botched attempt was the fault of the pilot, not the skis. I also found myself throwing 1s in parts of Eagle’s Nest I had never imagined, and searching out every tree tap I could find. Every single lap anywhere on the mountain felt like a terrain park lap.
Skiing fast in the heavily chopped-up and packed-out snow was my biggest concern about the Opus. While this type of skiing is not the Opus’s true strength, it was manageable. Like other wide, soft, playful skis, speed in chopped-up to bumped-out snow needs to be handled with finesse, not power. The Opus didn’t throw me any quick surprises or buck me, but it was easy to overpower the tips and tails when things got a little rowdy.
Yet as long as I stayed balanced and nice and smooth, I felt comfortable at any speed on just about any terrain. Still, I had to be careful and stay prepared for what was ahead because, as I said before, the Opus didn’t like to be forced around or driven hard in challenging conditions.
Compared to the older EP Pro, the new Opus has definitely stepped up the game in ski-ability, while retaining all of the playfulness you can put to use anywhere on the mountain.
Line also makes the Mr. Pollard’s Opus in a 192 and I can’t wait to try them out, comparing them to the 185s for overall ski-ability and float in the super deep.
If you are looking for a ski that will absolutely change your skiing in a playful sort of way, and change the way you look at terrain features on the mountain, the Mr. Pollard’s Opus is the tool you’re looking for.