Putting Salomon's Geisha to work outside of their natural powder environment - on the corn snow at Steamboat in March - made me wonder if I'd like them, but as always, a ski of this caliber is full of surprises.
A bit bulky for the T-shirt worthy conditions, the Geishas still engaged on edge, allowing sweeping turns down the groomed terrain. In steep trees, the part-bamboo reinforcement and full wood core snapped into play and floated nicely over somewhat-shaded soft snow in Christmas Tree Bowl.
And in the moguls, I had a blast whipping them through the bumps. When I lost it, they didn't lose me - they stayed stable as I willed my muscles back into cooperation to pick up another line. I agree with Salomon: though this ski has a rocker design and a wider waist, it's still meant to be nimble on the entire mountain.
Still, I can see the Geishas abiding happily in Steamboat's legendary deep champagne powder - particularly when I hopped on the Mai Tais, the Geisha's little sister. The Geisha is a little less all-terrain than the Mai Tai. It features a semi twin-tip tail, double monocoque construction, and a full wood core reinforced with bamboo and basalt.
The Geisha is an all-mountain freeride ski, sacrificing a little flex to achieve all mountain performance. I meshed with this ski from the first minute I clipped in, dancing down the mogul fields, whipping through the steep trees and cruising happily along groomers. Though I didn't get to give it a shot, I'd imagine this ski still has ample flotation in powder, aided by the all terrain rocker.
Both of these women's skis by Salomon offer optimum stability with powerful rebound, and I'm happy to say that they have heavy edge reinforcement to protect against ripping one out in conditions like this year, where the rocks pop out like teeth in the snow – even in February.
By Janice Kurbjun