Getting on the lift
- Mar 20, 2017
That’s a really good question, because there are at least two potential styles for this width ski, and any number of variations of use case.I am debating adding a +/- 100 waist ski to my lineup. I’m currently on an enforcer 88 and an Atris. That quiver is pretty good for my needs but I can always tinker, ya know!
If I were to add something in the 100 range would fit nicely but the question is what type of 100? Something like an enforcer 100 or something like the DPS 100 rp?
I’d use this ski for low end pow days, a day or two after the storm, or when visiting a bigger mountain like snowbird (canyons is my home turf).
The skis I’m currently interested in are the following, and as you can see, they straddle the line between more piste focused with off trail chops and off trail focused with piste chops:
So if your priority is in resort skiing, with a priority on off piste skiing such as powder and some bumps but also wanting to maximise groomed snow skiing (for the width) you’d look at a more directional ski with minimal tail rise and a couple of sheets of metal - Völkl Mantra 102, Nordica Enforcer 100, Blizzard Bonafide etc.
If your priority is the off piste, particularly tight trees and bumps, and you place lesser emphasis on groomed snow performance, you might look at something a little more playful - Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, Blizzard Rustler, DPS Wailer 100 etc.
Theres also the whole touring thing as well. Do you want this ski to double for side country duty, and whack AT bindings on it? That will see you on a lighter weight ski.
The only two skis on your lost of which I have experience are the Enforcer and Wailer. They’re vastly different skis, imho, but both will also work fine. I own the Enforcer 100 and love it. I own the Wailer 112 and love it. They have very different purposes though.
For me, I use a 100mm ski as a snowy day ski in Australia...the Australian version of a powder ski. it’s in bounds and not often in tight trees. I use an Enforcer 100 with alpine bindings.
In Japan it becomes my daily driver, with a use case of groomers, and otherwise in the main off piste skiing in soft snow, around 50% of that time in trees. For this I use the Enforcer 104.