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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am a brand new member looking to buy skiis in the next few days.  I am trying to catch up on past posts as quickly as I can, but I also wanted to ask for everyone's advice.

 

I am: 35, 6'2", 250lbs, wear 32/360 boots.  I skiied from age 8-18 & was an instructor teaching beginners/intermediates the last 4 years (90-94).  But I took about 15 years off & being my first season back I'm still a little rusty.   I catch myself sitting back some and I tend to skid my turns a little, but I'm working on fixing both problems and overall I'm a fairly decent skiier.  I've been skiing about a month on rentals, demos, and borrowed skiis this season.  I like the Volkl Racetigers the best so far and liked the AC30s and Grizzly's also but I know there are a ton of other skiis out there.

 

I ski mostly Midwest groomed/hardpack but I am planning to spend a week or two out west at the end of the season and I'm looking for an all-mountain ski.  I don't mess with the bumps or terrain parks any more, just need something to hold an edge and make pretty turns.  Being a bigger guy, I'm looking for a stiffer ski & I prefer one that grips well and is quicker/easier to turn at varrying speeds. I'm also on a budget and hoping to find a good deal on some demos or something gently used for a season or two.

 

So what would you suggest for an Advanced Intermediate / Near Expert level skiier along those lines?  And where would you suggest looking for a deal on them?

 

Thanks for your help!

post #2 of 10

You are a big guy aren't you? Yep, something burlier and stiffer is what you need. The two Volkls mentioned are options as would the Blizzard 8.1/8.7 and even the M-Power, all three of these skis are viable options from the skis mentioned, I would also add the Salomon Enduro to the list. 

post #3 of 10

there are Dynastar Legend Pros and Mythics around, last years, $399

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

You are a big guy aren't you?


Yea, hoping the skiing will help me work on that, but that's where I'm at right now.

 

Speaking of size, most of the skiis I've been skiing have been 168 - 177 in length, but what's your suggestion on an ideal length for me?  And would you adjust that up or down for any of the skiis you mentioned?

 

Thanks again!

post #5 of 10
At your size and where you reguarly ski, I would reccomend the 177-184 length. If the ski has some rocker in t perhaps a bit longer maybe a 190.

All of the skis mentioned are fine choices. I ski in the east and mid west as you do and right now my all mountain choice is the AC30.

Rick G
post #6 of 10

When you get a ski that is long and strong enough for you, you will enjoy your skiing a lot more, I'd bet. The skidding and getting too far back you mention could be functions of lack of enough ski, especially in the tail. Your current ski length is more suitable for a 150lb (168cm)  to175 lb (177cm) person, approximately.

post #7 of 10

Spend the money on properly fitting boots from a boot fitter first.  You'll enjoy any ski more if your boots fit the way they should.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

I did, was the first thing I bought at the beginning of the season.  Now I'm looking for the skiis to go with them ;-)

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Spend the money on properly fitting boots from a boot fitter first.  You'll enjoy any ski more if your boots fit the way they should.

post #9 of 10

Since you seem to like the feel of Volkls and plan to spend some time out west, I'd suggest the Mantra rather than the Ractiger, 30, or Grizzly. You'll still get the racy feel and edge grip with more versatility for the conditions you may find out west. While the others may seem fat enough to do powder, they're basically just fat carvers. The women's version (Aura) is my everyday ski here in Michigan.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

I did not get a chance to try to Mantra but I did demo some Kendos yesterday & surprisingly I didn't like them.  They seemed a little too chattery for me and didn't seem to grip as well as other models.

 

I found a decent deal on Racetiger demos today so I went with those & I loved the feel of them today!  Thanks everyone for all the advice & suggestions!

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