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I am looking for some advice on skis.  We'll start out by telling you about me,  I am 6 foot and approx. 210 lbs 16 years old.  I am an extremely aggressive skier and when I am free skis i like to really bomb down the mountain (always in complete control).  When I say bomb I mean I go really fast.

 

This year I joined my high school race team and I am thinking about getting GS skis.  I race at a small Mt. in NJ.  It would be great to get some advice on ski size, what brand, and what turn radius i should be looking at.  I don't expect to be going to the Olympics or anything but it being my first year and still learning the ropes I and doing extremely well on Varsity and finishing close to the top ten every race. (some of the competitors race weekends in VT and are really good).

 

Thanks so much for all the advice.

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What are your courses like (steepness, length, approximate setup (GS, SL, etc)???  What are you skiing on now?

 

I'm guessing it's GS-like if you are asking about those skis.

 

I'm not sure what your skill level and comfort is like on the slopes (and if you feel you are done growing), but you may look into a "cheater GS" ski...

 

Length:  you could go between 180 and 191cm.

Radius:  something between 17 and 21m

Waist Width:  65-72mm

 

I believe all of the ski brands make good cheater skis... it's really up to you which to get.  I think Blizzard and Fischer are known to be quite stiff, which may be good for your weight.  I've heard the Volkl cheaters are a little light/weak for someone your size.

 

 

 

Then again, another option open to you (given your size) AND assuming your courses are true GS (gates 26m apart) then you could buy a World Cup race stock GS model (skis only; you'll have to buy bindings separately and shell out more money total if you don't find a good deal)... but I don't recommend this and don't think other members would.

 

Good luck.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

thanks for the reply,  

 

it is a GS course but it is probably not a regulation ussa course,  it is fairly strait and the gates have to be only 10m apart (i just looked it up)  but they are normally at least 20 m or so. (the only time they are closer is when they are almost strait or under gates.)

 

i am done growing as far as i know, i am currently using 168 volkl tiger sharks.  as far as my skill level/comfort, i am comfortable doing anything on a ski mountain (glades, moguls, but i prefer steepish groomed runs) and i like think of my self as an advanced skier.

 

post #4 of 8

cool.  well then yeah, my first suggestions definitely stand then.  I think someone your size and level will see dramatically improved racing performance going up from your current 168 cm skis. 

 

It goes without saying, but since the length (and perhaps more importantly) radius is going to increase with your new skis, just make sure you go free-skiing on them a few days to get used to the new geometry.

post #5 of 8

Don't get a Volkl Racetiger, this years have too much metal in them so they don't old up too well.  Get a Fischer RC4, in hole.  Stiff (Which is good for your weight) and an amazing ski.  I'm not sure on their sizing, but I'd go with the next size down from 181 which I believe is like 175 or 176

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^ why are you suggesting the next size down from a 181 when the OP weighs 210?  I would think about 185-193 for a GS ski... 

 

 

I need some race skis too and am about the same weight  

 

 

Does the shorter length improve the turn so much that it is way more important than length for speed?  Been out of the race scene for a decade or so, but use to win the local high school races regularly.  Recently entered a ski cross type event on my freeride boards and got downright schooled.  My freeride boards are 30+ radius, 110 width and 195+ in length.  I figured I needed a smaller radius for the tighter GS style course, but still thought a 190 length or so would be appropriate.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

thanks for all the help.

 

i will definitely look into the Fischer's. I have found that Atomic also has some cheaters what have you heard about those skis?

 

@smithers i have thought about that but since i am racing at a small mt in NJ i think it would be better to go with something smaller than a 185

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The 181 has a 27 radius (I think) which is a big time ski for a new racer, something like a 24 or even 21 would be better.  A 190 race skis is pretty much a Super G ski, the tallest GS skis are usually 187.  If you had trouble with a 30 radius, 27 won't be a ton of a difference.  You should check out Dynastar race stock, 176-- it has a 24 radius
 

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Originally Posted by smithers View Post

^ why are you suggesting the next size down from a 181 when the OP weighs 210?  I would think about 185-193 for a GS ski... 

 

 

I need some race skis too and am about the same weight  

 

 

Does the shorter length improve the turn so much that it is way more important than length for speed?  Been out of the race scene for a decade or so, but use to win the local high school races regularly.  Recently entered a ski cross type event on my freeride boards and got downright schooled.  My freeride boards are 30+ radius, 110 width and 195+ in length.  I figured I needed a smaller radius for the tighter GS style course, but still thought a 190 length or so would be appropriate.

 

 


I hate Atomic, just my personal preference though.  Fischer RC4's are a better ski than Atomic D2's for a lot of reason I won't get into right now because I don't want to go on my crazy I-Don't-Like-Atomic rant.

 

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I have found that Atomic also has some cheaters what have you heard about those skis?

 

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