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Help Choosing the right ski!

post #1 of 6
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Hey Everyone,

 

So I just registered here since it is definitely time to buy some new skis. I have been living on the East Coast and recently moved back to the Lake Tahoe area, so new skis are a must.

 

I am 5'9" tall and 165lbs. Spent the second half of this season on a pair of Solomon 1080's and Volkl P60's (both old) that I dug out of my parents garage. 

 

What I want is a ski that is going to perform off piste, something wider than the 1080 which feels flimsy in crud, and just didnt cut it in the few big storms that hit Tahoe recently. I am going to keep the 1080s for park and the P60s if I ever feel like skiing groomed as fast as possible, but I am looking for a ski that I can spend about 75-90% of my days on. 

 

I was a pretty good skier until I was about 20 when I moved East. I am 23 now, and after 3 months of skiing seem to be back to form. I really want to step my game up from an advanced to expert skier next season and need a ski that will allow that. 

 

I have been considering:

 

Line Prophet 90 or 100

Rossignol S7

Volkl Gotama 

 

I am DEFINITELY not sold on any of those, and would really appreciate other suggestions. Also, I cant get a straight answer anywhere - why should I buy a rockered ski?

post #2 of 6

If you are going to ski in Tahoe mostly off-piste, and want a ski that you spend 75% + of your time on, you are going to probably want a ski over 100mm underfoot and maybe 110mm-115mm. A ski in these sizes with their rockered tip will help your cruise over & blow through crud plus float you on the powder days.

 

I am not sure what answers you've rec'd on the rocker, but what it does it helps you cruise over & blow through crud plus float you on the powder days much easier than a conventional un-rockered tipped skis. Many of the skis made now that are above 100mm underfoot are rockered, so you will have to go out of your way to find one that isn't.

 

Have you checked into demo'ing skis at the mountain or ski shops? I'd check into this. Also, many of the new bindings have the ability to move forward or back so you can adjust them to what you want to do on the mountain for a given day(powder, park, etc). So with that being said, you can now hit a buddy up and try his skis as chances are you you may be able to adjust them for your boot.

 

The ones you have listed are a good start. I would even test out the Line Prophet 90's just so you know the difference between that size width and the fatter ones.. Who knows, you may prefer a ski that isn't 100mm underfoot.

 

Good Luck.

post #3 of 6

You are all over the place wit your selections. Are you looking for something now or next year? There are a lot of choices that are in the 100+/- range that would suit you well for your 165lb frame from the mid 90's like the Salomon Sentinel, Blizzard Atlas and Dynastar Sultan to the mighty 98's to skis just over 100 like the Salomon Shogun, Bliz Answer and k2 Sidestash. There are a good dozen skis that you could make an argument for all all be right. Come in and demo some. 

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

You are all over the place wit your selections. Are you looking for something now or next year? There are a lot of choices that are in the 100+/- range that would suit you well for your 165lb frame from the mid 90's like the Salomon Sentinel, Blizzard Atlas and Dynastar Sultan to the mighty 98's to skis just over 100 like the Salomon Shogun, Bliz Answer and k2 Sidestash. There are a good dozen skis that you could make an argument for all all be right. Come in and demo some. 



In what sense am I all over the place? Thanks for those suggestions btw. Also, when it comes to rockered skis do people generally ski a longer ski? I have seen forums where people much shorter than myself are talking about their 180+ rockered skis.

post #5 of 6

Sounds like you have been out of the loop for a while.

 

Here is what I would recommend:

 

1.  Spend some good money on some new boots.  Why?  Boots have change as much as skis have.  Which boot?  The one that fits.  Find a good boot fitter and tell him your story and your aspirations.   Go with his recommendations and what feels the best.

 

2. See if any local shops have a seasonal performance demo deal, i.e., $xxx.xx and you get to demo a performance ski for the season and exchange it XX amount of times in the season for something else.

 

3. Save a bunch of money over the summer and next season buy the ski(s) you enjoyed the most.

 

Follow the link to a review of the DPS Wailer 112 RP that provides a very easy to understand explanation as to why you should consider buying a rockered ski.  http://en.escaperoute.ca/product-reviews/DPS_Reviews/DPS_Wailer_112RP_Hybrid_Review.aspx

 

Good luck!

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the feedback

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