Looks like the One and Bash are quite hard to come by for resale right now!
@MissySki - Once I remount DH's skis to my boots, you're welcome to try them, they're the One's in a 176. I'll have them at Sunday River, and I think our feet are close enough in size that we could easily adjust? (I'm in a 23.5 boot). And I'll admit...I just got a new powder snowboard, so I'll probably be on that for at least the first big snow storm.
If it helps, the powder skis I've rented over 100mm wide have been mid-160s in length. You know how much shorter I am than you are. With so much tip and tail rockers, the functional edge is pretty short. The first time I demo'd at Alta back in 2011, I tried the Cham 97 @166. They didn't have anything shorter. Had far more fun than I expected going that long. Having skied straight skis @170 as an intermediate long ago, it was clearly a lot easier with rocker design.I’m in a 23.5 boot as well, 176 seems soooooo long for me though??
If it helps, the powder skis I've rented over 100mm wide have been mid-160s in length. You know how much shorter I am than you are. With so much tip and tail rockers, the functional edge is pretty short. The first time I demo'd at Alta back in 2011, I tried the Cham 97 @166. They didn't have anything shorter. Had far more fun than I expected going that long. Having skied straight skis @170 as an intermediate long ago, it was clearly a lot easier with rocker design.
I’m in a 23.5 boot as well, 176 seems soooooo long for me though??
The 176 might be too much if you're uncomfortable with the length and the snow...buuuuut...it might be fun to try anyways. Who knows, you may surprise yourself and love them. Benefits of having a ski-in/out condo is you can change them out after one run if you're really not feeling it.
In the east, I wouldn't go wider than 100 for myself and would probably stick to 90-95. Remember, my all-mountain skis are 85 underfoot. What I had at Bridger on a non-powder day last season was the Santa Ana 93 @161. I used them during a 3-hour semi-private lesson when we were working on bumps on blues and also did a few "adventure" runs on black/double-black terrain. The skis were fun in a variety of conditions but of course no hardpack like in the northeast.I suppose it doesn’t hurt to try! I just imagine myself floundering a lot with so much ski in heavy snow, but that might not be the case and I guess the point is to stay up higher out of the snow. I’ve just never been on any ski in the 170s. Say you were going to use a powder ski in the east, would you use that same length? Just curious due to being less wide open and tighter trees etc. here than west.
Helps a lot that I'm retired and have had the flexibility to schedule my spring trip to Alta to include the Alta Demo Day in early April. They only bring wide skis, even if the only terrain worth skiing is frozen groomers before 11am. One year I took out the Head Great Joy, 98mm, first thing when everything was totally frozen. Took out the DPS Yvett, 112mm, later that day. What I wanted to learn was whether or not powder skis were skiable on groomers.It’s awesome that you’ve gotten to try so many, I’m hoping maybe Jackson Hole will allow for this. I guess it just comes down to getting on some skis if possible since I’ve never really gotten to try any powder specific ones. Even though there wasn’t powder, I should have gotten on a few fatter pairs at the Sunapee demo day, they had a lot of the wider options than any other demo days I’ve been to in the east!
If you've heard all of the tips before and it's still not helping, then yes, try out some wider skis. I absolutely hated powder skiing my first season when I was on 88 width skis. As a newbie skier it was an epic struggle. My second season I rented 98 width skis and I did a little better in powder but it still really wasn't my thing. My third season I got a pair of Rossignol Star 7s that are 116 under foot and suddenly I started to love powder. Once you get the hang of it on the wide skis you will be able to ski powder on anything, but wider skis definitely make it a lot more fun! You will finally understand this "float" that everyone is talking about.