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Gear Review

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Mustagh Ata

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second year skiing the Mustagh Ata. I bought it for long tours because it is lightweight; but was surprised to experience the great performance this ski had on the Wapta Glacier Traverse (4 days) last winter.
I'm 134 lbs and 5 ft 7, so the 169 cm was quite long enough for me. I was delighted with the powder performance coming off the glacier with a huge pack. It was a blast.
Then, I was further surprised at the deeper powder experience I had last weekend at Golden's Kicking Horse outback. The skis turned very well. I felt like a pro, even though I rate myself only an intermediate pow skier, having been raised on back east ice.
I can't rate these skis for tight trees, as I am afraid of steeps and trees. Hopefully some day I'll master this.
P.S. The skis are great for long tours, which was the original purpose of my buying them. They also carved better than the Manaslu's on our return to the ski hill from out-of-bounds.

Mustagh Ata