Crud / Chop
In bumped-up chop, I would prefer either the Cochise or the MVP for flat-out maching down the mountain, but a light touch and more centered stance in chop gets the job done, especially for lighter skiers who don’t have the pedal hammered to the floor.
For flat-out raging, there are certainly better ~110mm skis out there (the Praxis MVP, the 11/12 Rossignol Sickle.) So if you want to ski the Big Stix 110 very fast in bumped-up terrain, you will need to be a pretty balanced skier. It’s not that there is some weird hinge point in the tail, it’s just that these felt fairly soft at high speeds in uneven conditions.
Personally, I prefer a stiffer ski, one that has a higher top end and will require a less centered stance in chop. But intermediate skiers and advanced skiers who like to carve, but also want to be able to release out of turns more easily will dig this ski.
And for that reason, I don’t think it’s accurate to “merely” call the Big Stix 110 a good intermediate ski. It’s certainly intermediate friendly, but, again, advanced skiers who like to carve but don’t care to rage down the mountain ought to have this ski on their radar.
Given the Big Stix 110′s subtle rocker, it should come as no surprise that the Big Stix 110s don’t float and plane as easily as some more heavily rockered, ~110mm skis, like the DPS Wailer 112RP.
Coming down Pala de Vulcano making big, fast turns, I decided to see how just how much I could pressure the tips in some pretty wet pow. That wasn’t the smartest move; I was getting bucked a bit, then either sunk a tip or hit a rock under the snow, and a few somersaults ensued. But skiing these huge aprons after that, I just made sure to stay more centered, and all was well.
(Some Speculation about) Trees / Bumps
Given that there is zero tree skiing at Las Leñas, this is an odd thing to say, but I feel like the Big Stix could be a very good tree ski. They aren’t demanding, they are intuitive, they will carve when you need to make precise, quick turns, but you can slide the tails when you need to.
Bottom Line + Some Final Thoughts About Who This Ski Is For
The Big Stix 110 is a light ski that carves exceptionally well, and I think they will appeal first and foremost to people who like the idea of a subtly tip and tail rockered ski that will allow them to pivot a bit, but who don’t care to smear their way down the whole damn mountain.
The 110s aren’t what I would call a charger. These skis have a medium-medium/soft flex, so they don’t simply steamroll chop. In cut-up snow, the faster you’re skiing, the more centered and ready to absorb bumps you’ll need to be. But if speed isn’t your first priority, you will have an outstanding carver that will be fun all over the mountain and in 12-18″ of pow.
These are not difficult skis, and they don’t demand perfect technique. But I feel like the Fischer Big Stix 110 is a ski that will reward good technique, and allow skiers with great technique to push them pretty hard.
Could these work as an everyday ski out West? I think so. I’d want to get them into some real bumps at Taos before saying too much, but about the only thing that would make me hesitate would be trying to rage down Taos’ Juarez or Reforma.
I keep picturing intermediate and advanced East Coast and European skiers carving these up in trees, bumps, a foot of pow, and pretty much anything that isn’t off-piste, bumped-up, boilerplate. I could easily see pairing the Big Stix 110 with a narrower carver and calling your two-ski quiver complete.
So, if you’re a person who (1) loves to carve and use your edges (you know, like you were taught your whole life), (2) skis with some finesse, and (3) understands (or can imagine) that there are certain advantages to fatter, tip and tail rockered skis, then I think the Big Stix 110 deserves a very serious look.
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