Jason Hutchins (see bio)
I. Which currently available skis would you pick for your own three-ski quiver?
My choices aren’t based on the fact that I currently live and ski in Utah. Rather, I’ve thought about which three skis would keep me smiling regardless of where I am.
None of these skis caters to every aspect of the skiing I like to do, but 99% of the time, my goal while skiing is to relax, have fun, and flow with the mountain.
I definitely want a narrow ski to play around on most days, which includes occasional trips into terrain parks, and rallying through the trees somewhere.
The Shreditor 102 surprised me with its super versatile shape that knifed through slush and shallow-to-moderate crud, but also buttered, spun, and flipped off of lips.
If K2 beefed up the flex a bit, the Shreditor 102 would be one of my favorite skis of all time
Ski #2: Rossignol Soul 7, 188cm
I’ve somehow managed to surprise even myself with this pick, but I can’t say that I rode a better all-around ski last season.
The Soul 7 makes skiing fun, it is mindless to ride, and it allowed me to ski as hard as I wanted to (on soft snow) without folding up under my 160 lb. frame.
I could throw a CAST system on the Soul 7, and it’d be perfect for both the resort and for heading into the backcountry.
Ski #3: Moment Bibby, 186cm
It’s a very close competition for my powder ski, but the current Bibby totally surprised me at the end of last season. I wasn’t a fan of it at all when I skied it on the recommended line, but moving the bindings forward changed everything.
This definitely wouldn’t be my pick for when conditions are firm, but when there is fresh snow, the Bibby could handle whatever I threw at it: deep pow; stomping airs into chopped up run-outs; and spinning & flipping off everything in sight.
II. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
Line Mr. Pollard’s Opus, 185cm – I challenge anyone to get on this ski and not have fun. From hardpack to overhead blower, this ski has allowed me to take new paths with my skiing as much as any other ski. It does have a speed limit, but when you can slow down and literally butter, spin, hand-drag, carve, slash, etc. of every little ripple on the snow, it’s well worth the small sacrifice.
2013-2014 Atomic Bent Chetler, 192cm – Another amazing ski that I would happily ride any day the snow is soft. The Bent Chet floats as well as anything I’ve ever ridden, can rally through deep resort chop and variable, soft backcountry conditions, and feels incredibly balanced and maneuverable in the air for it’s size. We’ll have to see how the 14/15 Bent Chet stacks up.
III. What ski do you think has the greatest likelihood of making your 3-ski quiver list, if and when you get to ski them, or get to ski them more?
The Faction Candide 3.0 or 2.0: I haven’t ridden a ski from Faction yet, but these are on the top of my list for this season.
Praxis GPO, 187cm: I spent a bit of time on the GPO late in the spring of last season, and was very impressed by some of its attributes, and super confused about others. (So were Jonathan Ellsworth and Will Brown.)
I’m giving these things a fresh tune, and I’m super excited to figure this ski out.
IV. Bonus Question: If you had to choose a single brand from which to build your 3-ski quiver, which company would you pick?
This one’s easy for me: Line.
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