Intermediate level freeride skier Alex's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
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"I like that great surfy feeling of skiing in powder snow like most people do. On extreme days a pure rocker ski is nice but usually I prefer the combination with camber. That challenges me more and supplies versatility."
The Salomon QST 106 is a freeride ski which I can take anywhere as long as the snow is soft. That is where it excels and the amount of soft snow is irrelevant. I had bottomless powder runs with the QST 106 and the smooth turning ski provided me with one faceshot after the other. The rocker tip combined with the sidewall makes the turn initiation with the Salomon QST 106 real easy. I wasn't too excited about the performance on piste. On soft groomers no pain, but once the slope gets firmer the QST 106 lacks stability for good performance. Those pistes I just slided down more or less and then back to powder snow asap. A good 4 star freeride ski for this Salomon QST 106.
Lightweight camber ski
I am happy with the camber in the QST 106. It makes the ski feel alive in powder. The amount of camber is not enough for rebound on piste, but it does make the ski more stable in my opinion. And the width of the ski, which you notice when switching edges, is compensated by the light weight. Still the focus of skiing the Salomon QST 106 is in freeriding. With the softer tail/rocker it is a joy to ride powder with. For that terrain I would take it anyday. For piste, bumps and icy slopes not. Although the dampening is good, it is still there to ride soft snow. As this freeriding ski does that with such ease, I would say intermediate+ skiers who start to explore powder will have a good help with the QST 106.
Salomon about the QST 106
"Powder ready all day with on-piste reliability.", says Salomon. True in the sense of powder and soft pistes. Once conditions get icier, it is a matter of sliding down.
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