Paul Forward (see bio)
I. What’s your one-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
I spend most of my season home in Alaska, and I love super fat skis like the DPS Lotus 138, Pure3 for a lot of what I do.
However, if I only had one pair of skis to cover (a) all of my early season and spring touring missions, (b) the resort skiing I do (which involves virtually no mogul skiing), and (c) working out of the helicopter, I think the narrower 4FRNT Hoji would cover it all quite well.
It doesn’t surf like the Lotus 138, and it doesn’t rail through crud and chop like the Blizzard Bodacious, but the Hoji does everything well enough that I’d still have a good time on a big pow day, a long day of touring, or while making jump turns above exposure.
The Hoji is definitely a little heavy to use as dedicated touring ski, but I’ve still had some great days on it mounted with a pair of Dynafits.
While the Lotus 120 Spoon is certainly on the fat side for a one-ski quiver, so far, it seems to be a really fun ski for anywhere in Alaska, all winter long. And it’s still light enough to tour on from October through May.
II. What’s your one-ski quiver for Taos?
The Cochise is easy to ski in tight spots, but still powerful in bigger terrain, and inspires confidence in all snow types.
III. What’s your one-ski quiver for the Canterbury Club Fields, New Zealand?
Considering all of the conditions I’ve experienced so far in Canterbury, the Cochise handles them better than anything else I’ve skied.
I had a blast on the Devastator last year and I would be happy to ski it anytime in Canterbury. However, it’s a little big and heavy for longer side-country hikes.
IV. What’s your one-ski quiver for skiing around the East Coast?
• Salomon Enduro XT 850, 184cm
I don’t have a lot of experience with skis in this class, but I loved skiing the Enduro last season at Alyeska on firm snow and ice. I also found it to be pretty fun all over the rest of the mountain, too.
V. What’s your one-ski quiver for the next 2 years, regardless of location?
Even though it’s not the lightest ski out there, I could tour on this shape any time of year. I’ve decided to deal with the Cochise’s mediocre powder performance because, overall, it’s so predictable and fun.
VI. What ski was most difficult to leave off your list?
DPS Lotus 138, Pure3, 192cm: I’ve raved about this ski quite a bit on Blister. However, even in Alaska, it would be tough to use as my only ski for a whole season.
VII. 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?
I haven’t had a chance to ski the Moment Blister Pro yet, but its shape, weight, and construction make me think it would be a great choice for a do-it-all ski in Alaska—fun both for riding lifts and some backcountry touring.
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