Mike Thomas


Mike Thomas has a ton of experience in the ski industry. He’s currently a sales and service guy at Pinnacle Ski and Sports in Stowe, and has extensive knowledge of the ski industry, both past and present. He’s been skiing for 44 years and gets out about 50 days per year these days. He learned to ski at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, New Hampshire, which if you haven’t been there, it’s a must-visit. Currently, Mike is skiing on the Fischer Pro Mountain 95 and loves to rip them on the steep and ungroomed terrain here at Stowe. His boots are his most valued piece of gear, and his favorite skiers are Mar Kuhnel and Jeff Neagle. Mike has a comforting and open-minded nature about his ski analysis, and he’s a great person to talk to about anything ski related and beyond.

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Skis Tested

2019 Volkl Kendo Skis

2019 Volkl Kendo Ski Image
Dimensions: 127/90/110 mm at 177 cm Radius: 20.8 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 Salomon XDR 88 Ti Skis

2019 Salomon XDR 88 Ti Ski Image
Dimensions: 131/88/114 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2019 Rossignol Experience 84 AI Skis

2019 Rossignol Experience 84 Ai Ski Image
Dimensions: 126/84/116 mm at 176 cm Radius: 15 m at 176 cm Lengths: 152, 160, 168, 176, 184 cm

2019 Nordica Navigator 85 Skis

2019 Nordica Navigator 85 Skis
Dimensions: 124/85/109 mm at 179 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2019 Nordica Navigator 90 Skis

2019 Nordica Navigator 90 Skis
Dimensions: 129/90/114 mm at 179 cm Radius: 16.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2019 Liberty V92 Skis

2019 Liberty V-92 Ski Image
Dimensions: 133/92/120 mm at 179 cm Radius: 17.5 m at 179 cm Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186 cm

2019 Kastle BMX 105 Skis

2019 Kastle BMX 105 Ski Image
Dimensions: 134/105/123 mm at 181 cm Radius: 21 m at 181 cm Lengths: 165, 173, 181, 189 cm

2019 Kastle MX 89 Skis

2019 Kastle MX 89 Ski Image
Dimensions: 129/89/113 mm at 180 cm Radius: 18 m at 180 cm Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

2019 K2 Pinnacle 88 Skis

2019 K2 Pinnacle 88 Ski Image
Dimensions: 128/88/110 mm at 177 cm Radius: 15 m at 177 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 K2 Pinnacle 105 Skis

2019 K2 Pinnacle 105 Ski Image
Dimensions: 137/105/121 mm at 184 cm Radius: 19 m at 184 cm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm

2019 Head Kore 105 Skis

2019 Head Kore 105 Ski Image
Dimensions: 135/105/125 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17.8 m at 180 cm Lengths: 171, 180, 189 cm

2019 Head V-Shape V10 Skis

2019 Head V Shape V10 Ski Image
Dimensions: 139/85/121 mm at 170 cm Radius: 13.6 m at 170 cm Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

2019 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti Skis

2019 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti Ski Image
Dimensions: 140/108/130 mm at 182 cm Radius: 19 m at 182 cm Lengths: 174, 182, 188 cm

2019 DPS Wailer 99 Alchemist Skis

2019 DPS Wailer 99 Alchemist Ski Image
Dimensions: 125/99/111 mm at 184 cm Radius: 16-19 m at 184 cm Lengths: 168, 176, 184 cm

2019 Blizzard Bushwacker Skis

2019 Blizzard Bushwacker Skis
Dimensions: 127/88/111 mm at 180 cm Radius: 17 m at 180 cm Lengths: 166, 173, 180, 187 cm

2019 Atomic Backland 107 Skis

2019 Atomic Backland 107 Ski Image 2
Dimensions: 137/107/124 mm at 182 cm Radius: 18.5 m at 182 cm Lengths: 175, 182, 189 cm

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  1. Hello Mike,

    I enjoyed reading your review on the Liberty V92 186cm. I am interested in this ski, as well as other “all-mountain-front-side” skis, like the Blizzard Bonafide, Head Kore 93, and the Nordica Enforcer 93. I’ve and watched video reviews on these others as well and was wondering if you tested them your self and how you would summarize and compare them to the V92. I am 54 and consider myself as a strong intermediate on most frontside terrain, but not super technically clean in bumps and steep inclines. I tend go attack and ski aggressively on the groomed runs, but like to slow down as well. I owned a pair on 1995 206cm Dynastar X9s up to this year, having taken them out for a night in February in Big Bear, CA, and was able to turn and move them much better than i thought It was kind of fun, and showing off a little. I did get a lot of thigh-burn, and rightfully gave them to a thrift store the following week.

    Again, I enjoyed your review and hope to hear back from you.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Ireland

    1. Hi Michael!
      I just spoke with Mike and got his input. I’m paraphrasing: The V92 is a burly, stable, and damp ski–much more so than the others on your list. If you’re keeping your skis on the ground 99% of the time, that one is the way to go. Off-trail, the Enforcer 93 is the most versatile and the most fun. The Kore is a bit light for someone his size, and the Bonafide is on the wide side for a true all-mountain front-side ski, but still a very strong carver nonetheless. We’ve found that the Kore is better suited for lighter weight skiers, while the V92 is on the opposite end of that spectrum. As far as a carver goes, that V92 is hard to beat–very smooth through the turns, but doesn’t really like to be broken away from its radius, while the Enforcer and the Bonafide are more maneuverable. Hope that helps!
      SE