Me: 31 yrs, 200lbs. 5'8"
Been skiing for 27 years. Learned in the Green Mountains of VT, now mostly ski in the Wasatch. 60-40% alpine-tele. Raced for awhile, skied bumps for awhile, now I just ski.
I skied 100+ days last season.
Bluehouse District 187 mounted with Fritschi Freerides with boot center between 'powder' and 'freeride' line. I intend these to be a an all mountain two-days-after-the-storm ski as well as my primary AT setup.
Sorry to take so long in getting a review together. I've been itching to ski these for weeks but finals and family business kept interfering. I've now had them out 3 times: one day on groomers and chopped pow at Park City Mt Resort and two in calf-deep at Alta. All three days were fairly chilly. PCMR was bluebird, Alta has been pretty stormy.
The Districts are a versatile and very enjoyable ski in the mixed snow and chopped pow. They blast through clumps and hold an edge well on the groomers. They float pretty well in the deeper snow but I am not going to sell my Sanouks just yet (I didn't expect the Districts to replace them as a Powder ski). This is a damp ski with good edge grip and high torsional rigity. It is slightly softer than the Gotama, on which it's dimensions seemed to be based, but still holds a good edge. In general they seem to be a bit softer and a bit damper than the Gotama withour sacrificing edge grip. I enjoyed carving turns on the groomed pow with these, given their lack of metal they don't hold quite as well as a Mantra but their softer flex and extra width make them much better in the powder. The ski is reasonably responsive for it's size and while not snappy certainly comes around quickly when pushed hard. The light weight makes this a fairly easy ski to turn quickly and the dampness smooths out bumps from snow clumps.
I haven't yet had an opportunity to climb with these skis but they are light for their size so I expect them to work well in that capacity.
It's way too early for me to say anything substantial about build quality but so far the finish and workmanship on the Districts seems to be first rate; no gaps, straight joints, etc. the graphics are...graphics; fairly benign as far as things go these days, I'll probably paint them black if we get a warm spell.
It's probably just the weather or the snow but the bases seem quite slow. I haven't tuned them yet (tuning seems a lot less important away from the East Coast) so I didn't expect them to be race ready or anything but the Bluehouse guys explicitely mentioned that they tuned the skis just before I picked them up so I expected them to at least keep up. I had the only new skis in my group at PCMR and am significantly heavier and more experienced than the rest of the group but kept getting left behind on the flats. Hopefully a coat of wax will solve this problem.
So far, so good. I have enjoyed running the District in chopped up powder, and on groomers and it has done well in fresh powder. This ski is filling it's role well and seems to be well made. I'll make an effort To do a follow up review once I get some more days on them.