Tucker Nixon (see bio)
I. Which currently available skis would you pick for your own three-ski quiver?
I live and ski on the East Coast, and I also spend about half my time in the park. So my three-ski quiver is going to account for that.
Ski #1: Park Ski (that isn’t limited to the park)
Since I spend about 50% of my time in the park and 50% on the rest of the mountain, a park ski that can also serve some all-mountain duties is essential to my three-ski quiver. I prefer stiff, symmetrical skis with traditional camber, and the Nightstick has been my favorite ski in this category so far. It is extremely predictable in a really wide range of conditions, from windswept, icey takeoffs to slushy corn snow. I never have to worry about landing a little heavy on the Nightstick, as the added stiffness provides the necessary backbone to squeak out those less-than-ideal landings.
Outside the park, I can still have a blast on the Nightstick. Even though it is a competition park and pipe ski, its long turn radius makes it a great ski for ripping groomers, too.
• Fischer Nightstick, 181cm
Ski #2: Ski for All Conditions, Everywhere
Over the past two years, I’ve ridden the Moment Deathwish in every condition imaginable, and found that it can handle everything.
At 112mm underfoot, I’ve found the Deathwish to float well, but is fun in the park too. I love that I can ski 6-8 inches of fresh snow in the morning, then head to the park for the afternoon, all one one ski. Even on east coast ice, I’ve been impressed by how well the Deathwish can hold an edge.
Ski #3: Powder Ski
The Bushywayne, Rory Bushfield’s pro model, is 127mm underfoot, 185cm long, and stiff, which makes for a pretty interesting powder ski. I haven’t really found its speed limit yet, and I’ve been able to charge through any sort of chop or crud on it without issue.
I really like having a stiffer powder ski since I can point the ski down the fall line and completely trust it. The Bushywayne’s tail is very stiff, which really helps for sticking landings, too. While it is certainly not a forgiving ski, as long as I ski it aggressively, the Bushywayne has worked really well for me.
• Nordica Bushywayne, 185cm (Review coming soon)
II. What ski was the most difficult to leave off your list?
I love grabbing a pair of GS race skis a couple times a season and ripping around the mountain. So I’d definitely prefer to have an extremely stiff race or race-like ski over 190cm with no speed limit as a part of my quiver.
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?
I am really excited to spend some time on the Salomon Rocker2 100. Last year, I was impressed by the Caravan SB 100, and discovered how capable a 100mm-underfoot ski can be in the park and across the mountain
Additionally, there are a few pairs of competition park and pipe skis, such as the Volkl Wall, that I am really looking forward to spending time on.
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 is a really tough question, but I have been really impressed recently with Nordica, and would be happy with a quiver of their skis.
Bushywayne, 185 cm: I really enjoyed skiing the Bushywayne on deep days this past season.
The Ace, 184cm: Formally known as the Ace of Spades, is exactly what I look for in a park ski: symmetrical, stiff, and comes in a 184.
El Capo, 193cm: My third ski was a tricky one to settle on. I think the Soul Rider is a phenomenal ski, but there would be too much overlap in this quiver if the Soul Rider was my third ski. I’m pretty interested in the Helldorado, but I think it’s a little stiffer and wider than what I’m looking for. At 109mm underfoot, the El Capo would be a great option for cruising around the resort with a little snow, but it would also be easy to throw trekkers on it and tour out of bounds.