Reviewer: Andrew Gregovich
Age: 20 | Vitals: 5’11”, 165 lbs. | Years skiing: 17 | Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado | (See complete bio)
One-Ski Quiver Selections:
1st Choice: Moment PB&J, 188cm
The PB&J is an excellent one-ski-quiver option for folks who ski in the Rockies or in other places that don’t get a ton of snow. While it does well in soft snow, I was most impressed by how well it held up in the firmest conditions Taos had to offer. I found that the PB&J is not particularly good in the park, but that’s not the main attraction at Taos anyway. Taos’ steep, cliff-littered terrain defines the area, and the PB&J is perfectly at home here.
1st Choice: Blizzard GunSmoke, 186cm
Imagine a nimbler, poppier, and overall more versatile version of the Bodacious and you have the GunSmoke. This is a fun yet solid ski that is comfortable playing all over the mountain in a variety of snow conditions. For me, the GunSmoke kept me smiling from first tracks till end-of-the-day chop. For a continental ski area like Alta that gets a lot of snow, the GunSmoke is all the ski I need.
My choice here is one that not everyone will agree on. The GunSmoke is the only ski in the history of BLISTER where there has been some serious disagreement. Out of the other BLISTER reviewers, I’d say that Jason Hutchins matches me most closely in skiing tendencies; yet while I really dug the GunSmoke, his opinion was lukewarm. I’ve wondered whether this difference is because Jason is lighter than I am and that I ski in a more dynamic fashion, putting more energy into each of my turns…?
In any case, you’ll probably want to check out both of our reviews.
1st Choice: Moment PB&J, 188cm
While Jackson is a bit rowdier than Taos, I would still prefer the relatively skinny PB&J as an everyday ski here. The PB&J is solid in firm conditions, does well in soft snow, and has that jibby feel that I prefer. This is a great tool for any freestyle-minded skier who spends most of their time in a big natural playground like Jackson.
1st Choice: ON3P Caylor, 191cm
In my experience, no other ski really offers the blend of soft-snow and backcountry performance that the Caylor does. I can confidently do anything I want to do in big mountains on this ski—anything from stomping big airs, throwing tricks, making playful, slashy turns, or just going really fast. The Caylor is a touch too big to really perform in the moguls like the GumSmoke or the PB&J, hence the reason it didn’t get my vote for any of our U.S. resorts. With easily accessible off-piste terrain and less skier traffic than the U.S. areas, untouched snow lasts a lot longer in Las Leñas.
1st Choice: Line Mr. Eric Pollards Opus, 185cm
For this low-angle powder paradise, this decision was an easy one for me. For its size, the Opus is incredibly agile, and that’s exactly what you want in Japan; Niseko’s tight trees require a quick ski that can float in the deepest snow. If you like to play and throw tricks in soft snow, this ski is nearly perfect.
Q: What skis were the most difficult to leave off your list?
A: Mostly skis that I haven’t spent nearly enough time on, so let’s just skip to the next question.
Q: What skis do you imagine have the greatest likelihood of making your list, if and when you get to ski them (or get to ski them more)?
A: This list is a long one for me. There is no doubt that the ski industry is currently experiencing a technological renaissance, and as a result there are a variety of skis that might fall into the one-ski-quiver category. For a freestyle-minded skier like myself, there are a couple of skis that really stand out to me, and Line’s Sir Francis Bacon is at the top of this list.
I really liked Nordica’s old Zero, so I am excited to see what the Patron and Soul Rider are like. I also liked K2’s 2010 Kung Fujas. Having gained some width in the last few seasons, I bet this is an even better all-mountain tool. Other notable skis include the Rossignol Sickle and Atomic Blog.
Small manufactures are also making host of great one-ski-quiver options, a good example being the Rocky Mountain Underground Apostle. There are a lot of options out there.
Q: If over the next three seasons you had to ski one ski, every day, regardless of location, what would you choose?
A: ON3P Caylor, 191cm. Ultimately the Caylor is the ski that to date best suits my skiing style. I like to ski powder (don’t we all?), ski fast, jump off features, and mix tricks into my line. This ski allows me to do all this without sacrificing important—but opposing—qualities like stability and playfulness. In the next three years I’d like to think that I’ll be doing a lot of skiing in the places where the Caylor is at home, namely the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Realistically, I will be spending more time being a weekend warrior around Summit County, Colorado, while I finish up school, but I’m just going to ignore that fact.
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