Skiers have been enjoying a 30″ base at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl and Mt. Rose (36″) since Thanksgiving, and Northstar and Boreal have been cranking out more. After the initial powder honeymoon, the cold lows have kept the slopes in great shape with very fun, almost like spring-like skiing with sunny skies and mid-50s days. The dawn patrol expert groomers in their snow cats practice their art, turning out meticulously groomed runs. While powder hounds eagerly check the forecast, these “packed powder” conditions are what groomer lovers relish.
Whether you’re a racer or like to carve down the hill at lightning speeds, Start Haus in Truckee carries the top race and carving skis for maximum fun on the groomers. Three of our highest rated front side carvers are Head Worldcup Rebels i.Speed, Head i.Supershape Rally and Kastle MX74 skis.
Head World Cup Rebels i.Speed
The i.Speed is one of the fastest race skis available, armed with the stiffness and heft for expert-level carving. This true camber race ski delivers explosive acceleration and precision handling. According to Head, the i.Speed “delivers race speed to experienced skiers too rebellious to compete.” The i.Speed’s race-like performance is ideal for skiers who love speeding down groomers while precision carving in long arcs on packed snow. This ski is fast and stable and loaded with award-winning technological features, which is Head’s forte. Howard Head, the company’s founder, was an aeronautical engineer and American recreational skier and the first designer to successfully combine metal and plastics in ski design. The i.Speed features a mega-speedy race-structured UHM C base, terrain-sensitive Intelligence Technology, Rebel Camber, and Head’s exclusive power-packed and hand built graphene World Cup Cap Construction.
Head Supershape i.Rally
Looking for a versatile carver that provides maximum fun? The Supershape i.Rally from Head was designed for intermediate to advanced relatively aggressive skiers who love to carve. As with all Head skis, the ski’s technology keeps it at the top of the quiver. Made with centered graphene, the i.Rally is on the lighter side but delivers superior control, power and balance. It excels for tight turns at at high speeds. Made with hand built World Cup Construction, this ski guarantees perfect hold and carvability. The iRally can go from side stashes to groomers and back, but it really shines on hard packed snow. This all-around recreational carver features energy enhancing KERS and the Rocker, Radius and Rebound of ERA 3.0 S.
The Kastle MX74 was created for on-piste skiers looking for an adaptable ski that always delivers stability and precision. Earning great reviews for edge hold, responsiveness, turn shape variability, carving pleasure and stability, the MX47 is designed for advanced to expert level skiers who love to make a well-arced turn. With a new, innovative sidecut, HOLLOWTECH 2.0 and race-inspired sandwich construction, Kastle touts the MX74 as the most dynamic all-mountain ski in their line. It’s also a ski that you can immediately feel comfortable on. The MX series has been on the market as a top seller for 5 years with little design changes, but for 2018 Kastle modified all of their MX skis to bring the contact point closer to the middle of the ski for both the tip and tail, providing a tighter turning radius.
Come by Start Haus and talk to our expert staff about the best ski to match your carving style.