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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Consider this a community service message (maybe we can sticky this at the top of the ski gear forum?).

 

So you're thinking about pulling the trigger on a new pair of skis and you're not sure which ones to buy?

 

Save yourself some trouble when you first ask the forum and make sure to include the following:

 

1. Height & Weight (and age if you think it matters).

 

2. Where do you usually ski?  The snow in Utah is not the same as it is in Vermont, so it's important.  Are these skis going on a trip every year to Whistler or Tahoe or somewhere completely different?

 

3. What kind of skiing do you like to do or are you striving to do?  Groomers only, mostly off piste, a little of everything because you're an all-mountain champ, terrain park, strictly deep powder?  Also, how do you usually ski?  Super aggressive GS turns all the way down, nice and mellow with short but consistent turns, a little of both with lots of turn length variations?  Carving, slarving, skidding?

 

4. Do you already have or intend to buy a quiver?  Whether you're going to use only one ski no matter what or give yourself some options depending on the conditions can result in different recommendations.

 

5. What kind of skier are you?  Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced-Intermediate / Advanced / Expert / McConkey ... or ... level 1-9 if you're a hardcore classifier OCD type.

 

6. What skis have you liked / disliked in the past?  Why?

 

Note: If you don't already have ski boots that were sized by a professional boot-fitter, do this first.  No, seriously.  It's really easy to mess up even if they seem like a good fit at first (I would know).

 

 

*If anyone thinks I should include something else on the list, post it below and I'll consider adding it to this original post.


Edited by JayT - 9/8/11 at 8:21am
post #2 of 18

Include how fast you ski.  If you don't know then describe in terms of fastest skier on the hill, faster than 97% ;), middle of the pack, slower than most, etc. 

 

Skis that work well at high speeds generally suck at slow speeds and vice versa.

post #3 of 18

I would add:  What skis have you enjoyed most in the past?  What kinds of turns do you tend to make...e.g., you arc gi-normous super-g turns down everything, and you mean everything (bumps, steeps, trees, in the lift line), or do you make precisely the exact same 14 meter radius C-shaped arc in every condition on every pitch and even when running over small furry creatures, or do you find yourself constantly varying turn shapes?  Turn style?  Gun-to-Gun skidder?  Stem to carve to skid? Carve to slarve to skid to switch? Carve so hard you can't stop doing 360 trenches on the hill and there is a Discovery Channel story about your ski-trail crop circle hoax?

 

See, THESE are the things we need to know!  Seriously, though, knowing more about how you like to ski, what conditions you like to ski, what skis you like to ski, these are all VERY helpful in offering ski guidance.  Good detail in these areas can narrow the field from 10 good choices to two or three, which makes your coin toss math much easier.

 

My $0.02.

post #4 of 18

Fine.. I'll play instead of making another thread. 

 

1. 6'1 220 

 

2. Vermont and New Hampshire.. a few days out west once a year 

 

3 tight trees and technical rocky stumpy EC lines.. lots of tracked out bumps and hardpack.. a handful of powder days per year

 

4.  I intend to buy one ski

 

5. advanced/expert

 

6. moderately fast.. more quick and technical turns.. short radius on groomers.. unless I'm bombing a bump line

 

Current Ski = Armada ARV

 

Previous = Pocket Rockets

 

I'm looking at Viciks, TST's, Belafontes, Bonfides... I prefer smaller ski companies, fyi. 

 

Have at it!!! 

post #5 of 18

Or you could use the Epic review form that Phil has painstakingly developed, most of the same data, just leave the actual review part blank and let us fill it in...

post #6 of 18

where is it? 

post #7 of 18

While I agree with your intentions, I can't help but think that the people this is really targeted at are the same people that aren't going to bother to take the time read through the site long enough to find this and/or read it.

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

While I agree with your intentions, I can't help but think that the people this is really targeted at are the same people that aren't going to bother to take the time read through the site long enough to find this and/or read it.


Yeah, you're probably right... but it can't hurt if it's sticky'd at the top of the ski gear forum where they can't miss it.  Saw about 10 of these threads today so they inspired me to make some kind of attempt.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lemming View Post

I would add:  What skis have you enjoyed most in the past?  What kinds of turns do you tend to make...e.g., you arc gi-normous super-g turns down everything, and you mean everything (bumps, steeps, trees, in the lift line), or do you make precisely the exact same 14 meter radius C-shaped arc in every condition on every pitch and even when running over small furry creatures, or do you find yourself constantly varying turn shapes?  Turn style?  Gun-to-Gun skidder?  Stem to carve to skid? Carve to slarve to skid to switch? Carve so hard you can't stop doing 360 trenches on the hill and there is a Discovery Channel story about your ski-trail crop circle hoax?

 

See, THESE are the things we need to know!  Seriously, though, knowing more about how you like to ski, what conditions you like to ski, what skis you like to ski, these are all VERY helpful in offering ski guidance.  Good detail in these areas can narrow the field from 10 good choices to two or three, which makes your coin toss math much easier.

 

My $0.02.


Good call - I knew I left something important out.  Will add to the OP as an addition to #3.

 

post #9 of 18

Wait - in a forum you're supposed to READ what other people wrote?  In threads that you DIDN'T start?

 

I suppose we can hope - of course I just noticed my latest "what ski" post I made didn't include height/weight.

post #10 of 18

soo.. ahh.. what ski should I get, guys? 

post #11 of 18

^^^^ Praxis BC, PMGear Bro, Folsom Johnny C or Blue Note.

post #12 of 18

Those Folsoms look sick.. but $1200 is way out of reach. .. The Bro's are pricey too.. kind of a light touring ski, no?  not great on EC ice? 

 

Praxis BC's are an option.. I'm almost sold on the On3P Vicik. 

post #13 of 18

Vicik is by all accounts a great ski.  BROs are more than capable on ice.  BCs are outstanding, review here.

post #14 of 18

JayT, you should add that people should post both POV and 3-rd person video of them skiing.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and a minute of 30-frames per second is worth 1,800,000 words.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

So what do you think, Mods?  Sticky worthy or not?

post #16 of 18

Sure it's sticky worthy... it will be as useless as the "Which Boots Will Work For Me" in the Ask the Boot Guys forum, but why not try, right?

post #17 of 18

6'0" 175lbs 40YO

big mountain riding - i like to scare myself

tahoe - home mtn. 

utah trips a few times a year

occassionaly AK when I'm flush with cash (but I would snowboard there) 

like wall hits and speed too. 

 

v. 

post #18 of 18

6'0" 175lbs 40YO

big mountain riding - i like to scare myself

tahoe - home mtn. 

utah trips a few times a year

occassionaly AK when I'm flush with cash (but I would snowboard there) 

like wall hits and speed too. 

 

v. 

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