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Ski Selection Help

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Hi folks,

I have been snowboarding off and on for the past five seasons, but am wanting to ski again although I haven't skied since I was 13 (I'm 29 now).

I want to start building up a set of ski gear starting with the skis.  I don't want to start with beginner skis and would prefer something that will still be viable when I'm in an advanced stage.  I would like an all-mountain ski although I want something that would do well in the park.

I've sifted through many ski descriptions and reviews.  So far, the only ski that has caught my eye is the Salomon Sentinel because it seems that this ski can tackle anything you throw at it although it is rated for advanced to expert skiers.  If I were to get this ski, what length would you recommend?  I'm 5 ft. 6 in. tall and my weight varies between 140 to 160 lbs.  Any feedback is appreciated!  Feel free to suggest alternative skis.  Thanks.

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First of all, I would recommend that you get fitted for a good pair of boots.  Then I would consider the Volkl Bridge in a 170.  It's a great all mountain ski, but it's not so stiff that it will be hard to learn on.  It's also a twin-tip and would be better in the park than the Sentinel.   I demoed the 170 Bridge two days this year and thought it was easy to handle for a wider ski and pretty good in variable conditions.  Plus it was a lot of fun. 

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