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Powderhounds vs. Powdermonkeys

Andrew Harley

Everyone desires the best.

When winter dresses ski country like the North Pole, the best thing to be had is first tracks through the pillows of fresh, dry powder.

There are many ways to obtain such experiences, which brings us to the topic of the nature of animals.

“Powderhound” is an age-old description of skiers and riders whose greatest joy in winter comes during turns in powder stashes.

“Powdermonkey” is a new term inspired by powderhounds who’ve grown more particular, while remaining just as rabid about powder and their use of it.

The nature of monkeys seems more passive-aggressive, while dogs seem more outwardly stubborn and honest.

Like a salavating dog, a powderhound might ride a lift with a tourist and tell them everything about powder, their favorite runs and why they love the world that day. A powderhound is more likely to ride through powder on the same equipment used for groomed and moguled runs.

A powdermonkey is more likely to have taken Ivy-League courses for college credit that provide dogmatic instructions on the joys powder.

A powdermonkey probably has the best equipment, specifically designed for the skiing or riding of powder.

Having defined these important terms, some of this year’s best equipment for powder skiing includes Volant Chubbs, Rossignol B3s, Salomon Pocket Rockets and Salomon Scream 10 Xtra Hot Pilots.

The Chubbs, heavy skis, bulldozed their way through everything, while remaining surprisingly flexible.

The B3s were easily the smoothest skis of the bunch, falling somewhere between the flexible Chubbs and the stiffer Salomon products.

The Pocket Rockets were the biggest disappointment, considering how attractive they are. I’ve always seen other people on them, and speculated that they might be the best skis I’d never tried because they’re fat, they have twin tips and, to me, they look like the Greatest Big Bertha driver did when it was unleashed on the market: like an unfair advantage.

The Xtra Hots and the Pocket Rockets were both too rigid and chattered too much for my tastes.

I am a tall and skinny man, and I enjoyed the Rossignol B3s best, followed by the all-around ease of the Volant Chubbs.

Now then, is it better to be a hound or a monkey? I don’t know, but I’m already sick of talking about them.

Editor’s Note: This is the second column of a five-part series on this year’s new ski and snowboard equipment. There will be three columns on all-terrain skis. Thanks to Christy Sports for the use of their demo skis.


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