6 Skis in 6 Days

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Chamonix is one of the most exciting ski areas in Europe, with over 80 maintained pistes across 5 different areas there’s something for everyone from complete beginners to advanced. With all this varied terrain, deciding what equipment is best for which area and conditions can often be difficult, so the guys at Concept Pro Shop have come up with this handy day-by-day guide to getting the best out of your ski holiday.

Day 1: Brevent/Flegere

Conditions: No new snow, warm-up on piste
Men: K2’s AMP Rictor 90 XTI is the perfect warm-up ski for your first day on the piste. These oversized slalom skis may seem overwhelming to look at but handle like a dream in all conditions making your first day a breeze. 90mm waist to bridge, tapered and powder tip, these are great all mountain performance freeride skis. http://k2skis.com/skis/amp-rictor-90xti

Women: With regular camber under combined with a lightweight construction and early rise tip and tail camber, the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 can handle whatever conditions you throw at it. The perfect women’s all-around ski. http://www.blizzard-ski.com/products/black-pearl/

Day 2: Le Tour

Conditions: 10cms new snow mainly on piste and small off piste in the trees
Men: If you are under 90kg and looking for a perfect fall-line ski, look no further than K2’s Annex 98 all terrain rocker. For the strong skier we recommend the darling of the Blizzard range, the Bonafide 98, with rocker tip and camber underfoot this ski is truly high performance yet easy to ski, for a lighter, more playful alternative try the Kabookie 98. For big versatility on and off the piste whilst remaining stable and safe, try the Line Sickday 95, or follow in the footsteps of one of the greats, Glen Plake and take the Elan Spectrum 95 Alu out for the day.

http://k2skis.com/skis/annex-98

http://www.blizzard-ski.com/products/bonafide

http://www.blizzard-ski.com/products/kabookie/

http://lineskis.com/skis/sick-day-95

http://www.elanskis.com/fr/product/spectrum-95-alu.html

Women: Not only does K2’s Potion 90XTi have one of the nicest designs, it is a demanding ski for a demanding woman. The Potion 90XTi is built with with All-Terrain RoX technology for a powerful skier looking to rip up the piste, top to bottom. Alternatively, the Line Soulmate 98 is a lightweight woman’s ski that has the durability of a men’s ski with exceptional carving ability. This year with added rocker to improve performance off-piste.

http://k2skis.com/skis/potion-90-xti

http://lineskis.com/skis/soulmate-98

Day 3: Les Grands Montets

Conditions: 30 cms real powder at the top
Men: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! Armada’s TST 101 combines float with stability and power, a true all-mountain charger that will carry you with ease from the top to the bottom of the legendary Les Grands Montets. Drop off the back into the Lavancher bowl with Line’s Sir Francis Bacon 108, this double rocker is a big classic for the backcountry and great off-piste in the trees. For quick direction changes and easy speed control grab yourself the K2 Annex 108. Equipped with tip and tail grommets for K2’s climbing skins these will take you from the piste to the backcountry in a matter of minutes.
http://armadaskis.com/products/skis/mens/tst/

http://lineskis.com/skis/sir-francis-bacon
http://k2skis.com/skis/annex-108

Woman: Armada’s TST W 100 for women provides great drive and edge hold on the hardpack and ample floatation in deep snow. Alternatively, check out K2’s Potion 98 ti, desgined by women, for women this ski was born for fast speeds and has exceptional on trail and off capabilities.
http://armadaskis.com/products/skis/womens/tstw/

http://k2skis.com/skis/potion-98-ti

Day 4: Courmayeur

Conditions: 70 cms fresh snow!!
Men: Volkl is truly the best when it comes to big powder skis. The double rocker Volkl One 116 is a true powder surfing instrument, if you believe bigger is best, test its big brother, the Volkl Two 124, an effortless powder stick with more versatility than the specs alone would lead you to believe. For an awesome blend of stability, float, playfulness and performance, try the Volkl Shiro 119. Alternatively, check out one of the skis generating the most excitement for 2015, the Blizzard Spur 125, this advanced, bigh mountain powder ski is designed for hard charging skiers and last but certainly not least, Line’s Supernatural 115 has a level of intuitive agility simply not found on other big mountain skis, this ski is the big mountain weapon!
http://www.voelkl.com/skis/freeski/freeride-playful/one.html

http://www.voelkl.com/skis/freeski/freeride-playful/two.html

http://www.voelkl.com/skis/freeski/freeride-sportive/shiro.html

http://www.blizzard-ski.com/products/spur/

http://lineskis.com/skis/supernatural-115

Woman: Women are certainly not left behind with Volkls One Pink 116. One Pink is the ultimate playful freerider for the next generation of free skiers and its full rocker profile will keep you surfing on top of the snow. The Armada VJJ 115 will also keep you high and dry with its perfect blend of performance, durability and low swing weight.

http://www.voelkl.com/skis/freeski/freeski-women/one-pink.html

http://armadaskis.com/products/skis/womens/vjj-2-0/

Day 5: Aiguille du Midi, Vallée Blanche

Conditions: windy last night but still good conditions for off piste, around 50 cms

Men: Dark and mysterious like Seth Morrison himself, the K2 Annex 118 Seth will have you cruising down the Vallee Blanche with the greatest of ease. Redesigned with more taper and rocker in the tip and tail, granting effortless turns and supreme versatility in any conditions. For the ultimate one-ski quiver when you don’t know what conditions you’ll encounter, the Blizzard Cochise 108 will handle even the worst and remain rock solid when the chips are down. Redesigned for the 14/15 season the Armada JJ 2.0 117 has a longer turning radius and more gradual taper for better floatation at slow speeds and better control in steep terrain.

http://k2skis.com/skis/annex-118

http://www.blizzard-ski.com/products/cochise-2/

http://armadaskis.com/products/skis/mens/jj-2-0/

Woman: Line’s Pandora 110 is one of those unique skis that will satisfy long-time powder fanatics whilst easing the entry of less-seasoned skiers just discovering the magic of fresh snow. The most advanced powder ski in the world for women who want to have more fun! With a light, nimble and fun feel, Pandora’s geometry makes it even easier to surf pow whilst maintaining control on firm snow. Similiarly, Blizzard’s Sheeva 104 is the perfect ski for women on the prowl for pow, lightweight with a powder specific rocker and camber underfoot this ski provides plenty of float.
http://lineskis.com/skis/pandora

http://www.blizzard-ski.com/products/sheeva/

Day 6: Rando Crochu Berard

Conditions: Tracks everywhere, “trafolle” conditions

Men: The hunt for fresh tracks sometimes requires a little work and the K2 Coomback 104’s are a must for free-rando and will keep you in the pow from December until April. For a lightweight alternative, K2’s Wayback 96 are only 1550 grams per ski but powder hungry and not allergic to the harder variety with its All Terrain Rocker. Ideal for the modern ski touer who desires a ski that excels on both the Spring corn and firm windblown. Want something that has better float and better touring capability? Then check out the Armada Kufo 101, the touring ski that doesn’t suck and skiing down.

http://k2skis.com/skis/coomback-104

http://k2skis.com/skis/wayback-96

http://armadaskis.com/products/skis/mens/kufo/

Woman: K2’s Talkback 96 is built to handle any and all backcountry conditions. A good choice for all round backcountry skiing and hut tours with a trusted performance in unpredictable conditions that doesn’t talk back!

http://k2skis.com/skis/talkback-96

concept_logo-0117d2db8699b994ca5b92e64b360621Concept Pro Shop

You can test these and the latest skis from Volkl, Armada, Blizzard, Line, Elan and K2 this winter at Concept Pro Shop located behind the Aiguille du Midi. Pop in and check out their 2014/15 demo range and have your ski’s tuned whilst enjoying a free MBC beer while you wait with Beer and Tune, Tuesday nights from 5.30pm.