Enough has been said about this beast's outstanding pow capabilities, so I will not expand on this. Let me tell you why this is a must as a versatile second ski. I went to the Black Diamond sponsored BigLePowSki in St Anton late Spring 2010, (a must event in the US and Europe for back country fans and newbies, because BD lets you ride all their sleds all day, for free). The piste was mushy, melty, icy mounds and uber-crudy on the shady piste, etc. Piste you say, why are you on the piste at a back country ski venue well you have to traverse on piste from time and again, and at the end of the day we wanted to get a few runs in and check out the Apre ski. I asked my trusted BD consigliere, Danny, what ski I should use if I wanted to get a few piste runs in at the end of the day. He said Big man, you need to take the big ski, so I did. I had already been on the piste earlier in the day, and had to labor on other DB skis. Let me tell you, these water skis slammed through the Spring Krap like the Ginsu cuts through a tin can, effortlessly. They were actually a pleasure, even when going over the endless ice bumps at med-fast speeds.
So what am I trying to tell you. If you are on a budget and you already have pair of all mountain / piste skis, and you are looking for a second ski to go off piste in the pow, this is it. Why?
1. Because this is a forgiving ski in the pow that is easy to ski, and a ton of fun that lifts you like no other.
2. Many people put their skis away when March 1 turns the calendar not with these planks. Instead of saying as Feb ticks down I cant wait till next year, you will be saying, cool, I have another month or more of skiing and gawking at the snow bunnies.
3. When you ride these sleds, everyone will stop and ask you about them. Youll be the guy all the birds are flocking to, and if you are no so good looking like me, you need all the help you can get, and the Megawatt is it.
If you are a classically trained Swiss or French style skier that keeps your knees and feet together like a school girl who wears patent leather shoes, these will take some getting used to as they are wide and will clank together, but I found that after 2-3 runs I had it figured out, and I am not a great skier just an average Joe.
Word of advise think about the randonee bindings you want to use. Beefy bindings will add weight, while these skis are not as heavy as they look, they can become heavy with heavy bindings. If you go with a cheaper binding that is too light, you may not want to rip it up on piste. So think about the bindings. I recommend either the heavier Markers, or lighter Fritschi Diamir. Talk to someone smarter than me about which one is right for you.
Peace, Love & the BD Megawatts