Pierre  Hills

Pierre Hills

Lake Tahoe/ Mount Tam

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Pierre 's Bio

To me skiing is a higher power. It is something that I just can't seem to touch completely. As much as I do it there will always be more to do, more boundaries to break, more limits to push, and more fun to have.
Every time I put on my boots I become a different person. I lose the selfish Pierre behind a start to appreciate everything for what it is. Nature, friends, the people around me, they also start to become different and things that I can only fully appreciate while skiing.
Just the mere thought of skiing sends a tingle through my body. Seeing little features here and there makes me want to ski it all. There is so much to do, so much to discover, and so much fun to be had.
It all makes sense. Skiing. It all makes sense.

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Pierre Hills wrote a question about on February 23, 2011

So I am hearing a lot about the Dukes working for these with some BD skins. Just double checking to see if this is really a reliable combination. I understand that these skis are heavy but can they still be taken on a few short Alpine Tours? ANd how heavy are they really?
Thanks!

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Pierre Hills wrote a question about on February 7, 2011

So how bad are these things on hard pack and skied out moguls? I'm hearing a lot of bad things but can it still be done?

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on February 6, 2011

Brennan,
It seems like what you want is a big mountain ripper that can do just as well in the powder. Unfortunately these skis, the Night Trains, wont do too well when it comes to big mountain skiing. They're rather soft and love to play and jib around a lot.
When yu look at your other options you see have some good skis lined up. The volkls are on the stiffer side of things and are not going to be all that playful. The Obsetheds and the JJs are probably your best shots. Both skis are getting amazing reviews and do really well in both the powder and big mountain catgories. I would definitely take a closer look at those skis and see what you really want.
Hope this helps!

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on February 6, 2011

I think that the Night Train is going to be your best bet, especially since you already have an all mountain ski that works great on the groomers and just about everywhere else. The Night Train is really a powder oriented ski. It will do great in the fresh powder bust also the beat up powder that you say you encounter. This ski will really make powder an extreme pleasure since it has amazing float.
As for size I would say that the 168 is the best way to go. The 178 will be a bit too much, especiall in those tight trees that you seem to enjoy.
Hope that this all work out and feel free to follow up with any questions!

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 29, 2011

The Chopstick is a bit more powder specific. It doesn't have as much camber as the other skis so the groomers will be a little harder to deal with.
The obsethed is a great and soft ski. It will do great all over the place.
Same goes for the JJ. The JJ will probably do the best on the groomers while still doing an excellent job elsewhere.

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 28, 2011

Go for the 179 bro. You'll not only get tons of float but also a bunch of stability. From what I understand the nose is supposed to be pretty with a pretty soft tail. If you really push the 179 you'll be able to get the quick turns in in order to help you in those tight trees.
These would be pretty goof for touring. The rocker might be a little hard to deal with at first because you won't get as much connection with the snow compared to the weight that you'll have underfoot. But that shouldn't thrown you off. Just more exercise!!
Good luck!
Any questions, just ask!

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 24, 2011

From what you say the 173 would seem like a good choice. Its 1 cm taller than you are so with its waist and rocker it will give you all the float you need. The 173 is better than the 182 for you because it sounds as if you are appreciating the tight trees a lot more. The 182 will be a bit too big for you for tight trees but might be the better choice if you plan on doing a bit more big mountain/open face oriented skiing.
Hope this helps!
Follow up with any questions if necessary!

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 24, 2011

Well it all depends on what you want to do. The 4frnt CRJ is a very playful and poppy ski. If you want another ski for the deep powder that might be a little steeper and more big mountain oriented, The Czar is a great option with tons of stability but still the ability to play around. You might also want to look at the Nordica Radict. This ski is one of the stiffest powder skis on the market today and it's meant for big open faces.
Just tell me what you want to do with your second powder ski?

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 17, 2011

If I were you I would go with the Marker Dukes. They're pretty large and will help you transfer more power to the ski, since you're a bigger guy. Secondly they do great on the inbounds side of things. They are great in terms of touring if you are going to do some small single digit touring. They seem to be getting better reviews as well. And almost most importantly, they help you ski a lot closer to the ski, thus allowing for better control, which is really key with today's big mountain freeride skis, such as you Katanas.
Hope this helps!

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Pierre Hills wrote a question about on January 17, 2011

Now I've got a few questions myself. I was hoping to take these out for a few alpine touring trips and I was wondering if anyone had already taken them out on a few trips and had any comments. From what I hear they are relatively light so they should do a pretty good job. Just wanted someone to back that up with some real experience. Then I was also hoping to get some good ideas as to what type of alpine touring bindings to put on them. I was going to go with the Marker Dukes. And then any insight on what kind of skins to use with these babys?
Thanks!

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 17, 2011

Davey,
The one problem with mounting the ski so far ahead of the progressive line is when you will be in the big mountain extremes. You won't be falling over but you will clearly be a little front seat. This will allow shorter turns but maybe not as much float. On the other hand you are skiing a 190 at 5'6". The ski will already be giving you tons of float so that won't be too much of a problem.

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 17, 2011

Brennan,
Compared to the Night Train these skis are a little less jib oriented and a lot more big mountain friendly. With a larger turn radius and a stiffer construction these skis are meant to shred the big alpine. But don't be fooled. These skis also do great in the tight trees and are real easy to turn if you put a bit of hop into your turn. On the other hand these ones aren't rockered in the tail, compared to the Night Trains. This means that they won't excel as much when going backwards in the deep powder.
Overall, just slightly more directional, meant for the bigger mountains, and a little less jib orientated.
Sorry but I haven't heard that much about the ruby yet so I can't really help you out there.

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Pierre Hills wrote a question about on January 12, 2011

So I'm looking at these and The Bibby Pros and have a few questions to throw out there.
First off, I hear that the top sheet on the Bibby Pros has a tendency of kinda scratching off on the sides. Is this the same for these bad boys? I know that this is a very small side note but something that I was just wondering.
Second, which one will do better in the crud and on groomers? I hear a lot of great things from both skis but I kinda wanna know the true top dog.
And finally, which one is lighter? That is a major detail that I am going for. Weaved in that question I am also wondering which one will perform best while charging big lines with cliff drops while holding its best in the tight trees.
Thanks a lot guys!

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Pierre Hills wrote an answer about on January 10, 2011

Mounting progressive is clearly not what you want. Doing so would help you have a very different feel for the ski and it would make turning a lot easier. The classic stance will give you a very traditional feel and have you rather back-seat. In between will still give you a little bit of the centered feel with a bit of a classic feel as well. This will also give you a bit of a chance to land switch if you just happen to throw a 180 off of a little feature. It's all up to you bud.

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