The Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 is a playful powder ski that has a moderate flex for those who want to rip a bit faster and more aggressive. This would be the ski I bring out when the snow is dropping and I want a ski that can float and surf well, but still is able to ski fast.
Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 Video Review
Jacket: Patagonia Primo Down Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Bolle Emperor
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
Conditions: Fresh Pow (12″), Soft Chop, Groomed, Trees
Ski Personality: The Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 is a surfy and playful powder ski that still has a bit of stiffness underfoot for going fast.
On the Snow Feel: The RMU Professor 2.0 has a surfy and playful feel that isn’t overly loose or washy.
Powder: With its 122mm waist, the Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 is truly a powder ski. Float is definitely solid here, and in 12+ inches of fresh cold smoke powder, the Professor has no problem staying on top. Even in the shorter 175cm, I never felt like I needed more to stay on top of the snow. The ski has a good amount of tip and tail rocker, helping to ensure that it’s maneuverable in the deeper snow. While I felt that the ski has a playful side, it’s not quite as loose or surfy as the 4FRNT Hoji with its full rocker profile. Still, the Professor was plenty maneuverable that I had no problem taking in deep snow in the trees.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 is a true powder ski so don’t expect it to carve the groomers with tenacity or excitement. Still, there is just enough camber underfoot to give you edge hold and carvability when you need to get back to the lift. The ski is quite maneuverable at slower speeds (I’m sure it helped that I skied the 175cm), and it was really ease to slarve and slash turns at any moment. When you want to open things up (this has a 21m turn radius) and put some speed on them, it was surprisingly easy to get them on edge. Yes, there’s a lot of rocker underfoot, but not quite as much as the Liberty Schuster Pro. When combined with a five-point sidecut it doesn’t take a super high angle to engage the edge. The running length is also decently long, and with a touch of camber underfoot, I found the ski stable on edge. I also found the Professor surprisingly quick from edge to edge given that it’s 122mm underfoot. I wouldn’t say that the ski shot you from edge to edge with a high amount of energy or liveliness, but it was still fun getting it from edge to edge. I also really like the directional feel of the Professor. It’s not necessarily a charger, but feels more stable than expected on edge. The ski feels very similar to the Liberty Schuster Pro, but I’d probably give the edge to the Professor for energy out of the turn (although the difference is pretty small).
Speed: The Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 does a decent job at speed. Even with a small amount of camber underfoot, the ski doesn’t feel overly washy or loose. I was able to open things up, get the ski on edge and go as fast as I want. The moderately stiff mid-section does a decent job of absorbing terrain and I never noticed any tip chatter. The ski actually reminded me a lot of the Liberty Schuster Pro here as well. Sure it’s a fun, loose, and surfy powder ski, but it’s okay with opening things up and just letting them rip. Just don’t expect a Blizzard Bodacious when it comes to speed.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: It didn’t take long for the fresh pow to turn into roughed up variable snow the day I skied the Professor 2.0. In those conditions the Professor does perfectly fine. Rocker in tip and tail helped to keep the ski maneuverable, while also allowing the tips to stay above the roughed up snow. The stiff mid-section helps to provide more stability and really helped to smooth out chopped up snow. The ski didn’t necessarily want to blast through chop, as much as it wants to rise over the top and smooth things out. I never really noticed any issues with tip deflection, but will say that tip and tail are softer than the mid-section and could see that becoming an issue for big guys. Still, I never had any issues coming in to roughed-up snow with speed.
Edge Hold: I didn’t have the Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 an any hard snow, but I’m not expecting it to like hard pack or ice as much as a narrower all-mountain ski. Still, the Professor has just enough camber underfoot to give you a little stability when you’re on groomed terrain.
Bottom Line: I think the Rocky Mountain Underground Professor 2.0 would be a good ski for those who want a playful and surfy feel without giving up stability and life on groomed terrain. The Professor also has enough stiffness underfoot to provide a smooth and damp ride at speed. I really liked the combination, and feel like anyone that likes to ski powder faster will appreciate the extra dampness. You could probably bring this out any day that is soft, but it’s a powder ski first, and really best for the days when the snow is really deep.