Tucker Nixon (see bio)
I. What’s your one-ski quiver (of currently available skis) for where you ski most?
I spend a majority of my time skiing the East Coast, and am usually in the park about 50% of the time. So I want a ski that does well both in the park and around the rest of the mountain.
Even though a 97mm-underfoot ski is a bit wider than traditional park skis, the Soul Rider has been a lot of fun in the park. Its swing weight is well balanced, and the pop generated on takeoffs is very predictable.
The Soul Rider is a little on the soft side compared to a competition park ski (like the Fischer Nightstick) that I would have in a larger quiver. But I’m okay with that because it makes for a more fun and jibby ski in the park and around the mountain.
Both on-and-off piste, the Soul Rider can make quick turns, which makes it great for tight tree skiing. It also has heaps of energy, which is conducive to smooth and fluid bump skiing, so long as you keep your speed in check a bit.
On East Coast powder days, the Soul Rider might not be the best tool for the job, but it manages, and I find that tradeoff to be worth it, given how the ski performs on all those days when it hasn’t snowed.
The Soul Rider is most at home with tighter, snappy turns, and I was surprised by how well they hold an edge, given that they are rockered, twin tip skis.
They do have a speed limit, however. If pushed to more open and fast GS-style turns, the Soul Rider becomes a little chattery and squirly. But control your speed and keep making turns, and you’ll have fun.
II. What’s your one-ski quiver for Taos?
For Taos, I’d rather have an all-mountain ski that is pretty trickable, rather than a park ski that has some ability to go all mountain. The Soul Rider is more of a park-oriented ski with a softer and more forgiving flex, while the Peacemaker can be pushed hard, and will likely be the better option (especially for someone my size) on some of the more technical runs you can find at Taos.
III. What’s your one-ski quiver for the Canterbury Club Fields, New Zealand?
Since I won’t be skiing any park in Canterbury, I’ll stick with my all-mountain choice.
IV. What’s your one-ski quiver for skiing around the East Coast?
See my answers to question #1.
V. What’s your one-ski quiver for the next 2 years, regardless of location?
I will most likely be on the East Coast for the next two years, so my decision would be the same as above.
VI. What skis were most difficult to leave off your list?
The Caravan SB100 and Volkl Bridge are viable options for how and where I ski. I found the Bridge to be a little more stable at speed than the Peacemaker, and the SB100 to be more forgiving than the Soul Rider. But the overall combination of qualities of the Soul Rider and Peacemaker are why I’m giving them the nod.
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 skied it yet, but I have a suspicion that the Faction Candide 2.0 could vie for the top spot as my one-ski quiver. Its dimensions are similar to many of the skis I’d be considering, and Faction seems to make the Candide 2.0 a little stiffer than most of the other skis in the 95-105mm category. Plus, I have heard nothing but good things from friends who have been on Factions over the past year, who have a riding style similar to mine.