I never had a chance to ski the “old” Moment Bibby, but if it was anything like this Bibby I can see why people were mad when it was changed. The 2016 Moment Bibby is a fantastic ski for hard chargers in a lot of different conditions. I think the best way to describe the Bibby is a Big Mountain Powder Charger. It’s a ski that is fun, playful, and very capable in deep snow. At the same time, the Bibby is a ski that can destroy chop and blast through crud. I also found it capable on the groomers, and its power makes it fun and exciting when carving.
2015/2016 Moment Bibby On-Mountain Ski Review
Video Outerwear: Trew Cosmic Jacket – North Face Freedom Pant
Conditions: Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Pack, Old Powder (12”), Hard Crud
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: The Moment Bibby is a ski that feels damp, stable, powerful, and playful all at the same time. “Mustache Rocker” gives the ski a playful, and semi surfy feel when skied flat in powder or soft snow, but the camber underfoot gives the ski edge bite and stability when on edge. The ski felt just at home slashing and surfing on the powder, as it did powering through crud and chop, or carving long radius high speed turns.
Powder: The Moment Bibby has a 116mm waist and good amount of tip and tail rocker. I never had any issues with tip dive, and the Mustache Rocker helps keep the ski surfy and loose. It doesn’t feel quite as surfy as something like the 4FRNT Hoji (full reverse camber), but given its burly construction, the Bibby is amazingly fun in soft snow. I was surprised at how easy it was to maneuver, and it was a lot of fun slashing turns. This ski is very capable in deeper snow, but it’s not just some buttery powder stick. Moment has given the Bibby the Big Mountain guts that make it a powerful and damp charger as well. So whether you’re into surfing and slashing turns in the powder, or you want to just blast through it, the Bibby can handle it just about as well as any ski out there. As good as Bibby is in fresh snow, I think it’s best suited to old powder that is starting to firm up a bit. The Bibby has the power and dampness to blast through the heavier powder, and could be the perfect powder ski for those who see a lot of “Sierra Cement”.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Of course the Moment Bibby isn’t some front side carving specialist, but this is a ski that can rip groomers surprisingly well. Tip and tail rocker help to keep the ski maneuverable and relatively responsive given its size. I found the ski relatively easy to turn at slower speeds, but I also wouldn’t call it quick to swing around. It definitely takes a bit of speed to get the ski on edge, but once there this ski can rip. Traditional camber underfoot gives the ski decent bite and edge hold while pine and fiberglass in the core help to keep the ski damp and stable. At the same time aspen and carbon fiber help to keep the Bibby lively and energetic. It doesn’t have the quickness of some narrow frontside ski, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun carving on groomers. With a 25m turn radius this ski likes to run, but when you do go to transition to the next turn you’re treated to a powerful and moderately energetic rebound. I did find they could get a bit washy at lower edge angles, but as long as you had some speed and kept them on a high edge angle they were willing to leave some deep trenches in the snow.
Speed: In the soft snow, the Moment Bibby can be very playful, but it also has an amazing combination of power, stability, and dampness. It didn’t matter if I was in deep chop, or on hard groomers, the ski was perfectly happy at speed. It’s definitely not a directional charger, and if I was planning on just skiing fast and straight all the time, I may opt for a ski like the Belafonte. However, the Bibby is one of the most capable hard charging powder skis we’ve tested. The combination of playfulness and beefiness is so much fun. It seems just as happy going fast and straight as it does slashing turns in soft snow.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This is probably the area where the Moment Bibby excels the most. Again, it may not have the same crud busting capabilities as the directional Belafonte, but for a powder ski, the Bibby is fantastic in these conditions. It smooths out terrain really well, and inspires confidence in chopped up snow. The combination of playfulness and dampness give you amazing versatility in these conditions. You can blast through the chop like a directional charger, or slow down slash, bounce, and play your way through variable terrain.
Edge Hold: The Moment Bibby has fantastic edge hold given its size. Sure it’s not going to be better than a 80mm underfoot frontside specialist, but for a 116mm underfoot powder ski, the Bibby is fantastic. At lower edge angles the ski can feel a bit washy, but on a high edge angle the ski has great bite. The directional twin tail gives you the freedom to break free and slash turns when you want to, but I also found I could lock the tails in relatively well.
Bumps: The Moment Bibby definitely takes some work to swing around in tight bumps and trees, but strong skiers will find it perfectly capable. Often beefy skis can feel sluggish, but the Bibby is surprisingly quick and responsive given its size. It might not be my go-to ski for moguls, but if you find yourself chasing freshies in the trees, you won’t be disappointed in the Bibby.
Jumps and Jibs: I didn’t spend a lot of time trying to jump and jib the Bibby, but I did have the chance to jump off a few small cornices in the back bowls of Keystone. The Bibby has a decent amount of pop, and it’s not overly difficult to get into the air. It doesn’t feel overly heavy in the air either, and it feels relatively balanced. The moderately stiff tails give you a decent platform to land on, but it’s also forgiving enough if you land a bit off balanced. Again, the combination of dampness, stability, and playfulness is evident.
Bottom Line: The Moment Bibby is a fantastic ski. It has an amazing combination of playfulness and beefiness. You can surf and slash powder turns, or blast through crud at high speeds. It’s also perfectly capable on groomers, and quick enough in bumps and trees. As a skier that likes to go fast and make long turns, but also likes to surf, play, and jump off of different terrain features, the Bibby is almost the perfect ski. It’s definitely going to cater to advanced and expert skiers, but I also didn’t find it overly difficult to ski. Bottom Line, I think the Bibby is the best powder ski for hard chargers, and perfect for those skiers who are going to surf and slash in the deep snow, blast through chop and crud at high speeds, and appreciate power and edge hold on groomers.