Past 10 years only have been skiing 4 or 5 days a season. Busy with work, new baby, school blah blah. Now my son is 2 and will be getting him on skis and I plan to ski a lot more so am going to buy new skis. Ski New england mostly front side stuff. Used to love glades but my skill lvl/confidence isn't what it used to be. 6'2" and 220 pounds. Looking for a ski that will help me get better and also be good for all new england conditions. Went to a few ski shops when I was in New Hampshire last weekend and got a few mixed recommendations. A few votes for the volkl mantra and a few votes for the atomic theory. Are these going to be too much ski for an intermediate looking to get better and explore more of the mountain?
New skis for me! Need some help deciding
Those two are like apples and bananas. The Mantra is stiffest in it's width class while the Theory is one of the softest. Both are probably wider than you need for most on piste New England skiing. Off piste is a different story but how much you'll do that is something you'll have to decide for yourself. IAC, while Mantra is not my fave ski in the world due to it's stiffness, you do have enough weight to flex it. The stiff tail may launch you into next week if you get in the backseat, especially in bumps. The theory is a nice easygoing ski but is probably somewhat too soft for your weight.
A better choice might be a ski such as the Rossi experience 88 or the Salomon Sentinel. Both are firmish skis with enough heft for your size and are grippy enough for most NE conditions. Both are wide enough for some off piste exploring.
SJ sorry to bug you again but wanted to pick your brain on one more ski. Can't find the rossi exp 83 or the sentinel in any local shops but have been referred to the Blizzard magnum 7.6. Would this be a comprable ski to the 2 you suggested? I know
I am on the bigger side and it's a softer ski but the sales guy told me its got amazing edge hold so it will be fine for a guy my size and a really fun ski.
The Mag. 7.6 is a really fine ski especially for its price range but it is sure a heck of a lot narrower and more hard snow focused than what you have asked about so far. Given that you asked about all conditions and seemed to suggest that you wanted mixed conditions versatility, I think the Mag 7.6 is not the best choice for anything except groomed slopes (where it absolutely shines). If you are attracted to the Blizzard or Atomic lineups, then the Mag 8.7 or Crimson Ti would offer greater versatility in a hard snow biased ski. If you do want more mixed snow capabilities, then the Rossi or the Sollie that I mentioned earlier would still be the better choices.
Yeah I am all over the map but when I sat down and really thought about how much off piste I am going to be doing this year I realized between getting my 2 year old on skis and teaching him to ski, and getting my (very very recreational skier) wife out on the slope more often that I would be spending a huge mount of time on the groomers this season. My local ski shop guy said the blizzard 7.6 will be the most fun and is a perfect "soccer dad" ski... Thanks so much for the input!!