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post #1 of 9
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Hi

I would consider myself an expert skier and have been skiing since I was 3 years old.  I raced in high school but decided not to in college because of the time commitment.  I ski about once or twice a week in the winter because I have a season's pass and am about 15 minutes from the mountain. 

 

I'm looking for a ski that can carve and hold an edge like a race ski but will also be able to be used on not so perfect conditions like we often see in the East.  I am a fast, aggressive skier and enjoy making both short and long radius turns.  Does anyone know of a slightly more forgiving race ski or maybe an advanced, stiff frontside or all mountain ski?  

 

Thanks for any suggestions!!

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Hi

I would consider myself an expert skier and have been skiing since I was 3 years old.  I raced in high school but decided not to in college because of the time commitment.  I ski about once or twice a week in the winter because I have a season's pass and am about 15 minutes from the mountain. 

 

I'm looking for a ski that can carve and hold an edge like a race ski but will also be able to be used on not so perfect conditions like we often see in the East.  I am a fast, aggressive skier and enjoy making both short and long radius turns.  Does anyone know of a slightly more forgiving race ski or maybe an advanced, stiff frontside or all mountain ski?  

 

Thanks for any suggestions!!

 

the east has a wide range of snow. Everything from small hills with less than 100 inches of snow a year to large hills with 350+ a year.

 

Where in the east? whats perfect conditions?
 

 

post #3 of 9

Green, kind of hoping the Rossi Experience 98 does exactly what you're describing and that they'll be a nice compliment to the big ride.

post #4 of 9
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I have a pass to Mount Sunapee because its right near my college, but I ski killington, Mt. Snow and Loon often.  Perfect conditions would be courduroy, not too icy, something that a racing ski would be perfect on.  I want a ski that can handle the crud too but I don't want to sacrifice the edge hold and carving abilities a race ski has to offer. 

post #5 of 9

well there is going to be some sacrifice for a good crud ski vs edge grip. If you do not want to sacrifice the edge hold of a race ski your only option is to get a race ski.

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I'm going to say go outside your comfort zone on demoing skis. I have a good friend, your age, who went from instructing a race program on race stock elans to an 09 scott mission with almost a 90mm waist. She loves them and I dont think she is going back any time soon. A good all mnt ski will provide you with plenty of edge hold, and be better in variable conditions than a pure frontside carver. Off the top of my head my top suggestions are going to be the Nordica Firearrow 80

http://www.epicski.com/t/96830/nordica-firearrow-80/30

Not the most glowing reviews here but I have heard great things other places, and Philbug made a good point about the price and market it is aimed towards. Its a pricey ski, but it performs well and has a more progressive top sheet than some of the other carving skis out there.

 

Other things that pop to mind are: Blizzard Magnum 8.1, Volkl AC30/50, Volkl RTM series, Dynastar 4x4, and Head Supershape Titan.

 

If you are looking to expand your skiing experience into other areas think about: Line Prophet, Volkl Kendo, Blizzard Bushwacker, Dynastar Sultan 85. They will all give good carving performance, not the same as the frontside skis but still good. While being much better in trees, bumps, and soft snow.

 

 

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Do you know of any slightly more forgiving race skis?  I was told (by a guy who works in a ski shop) that the Fischer RC4 GS skis are more forgiving and coaches often choose them.  Other skis that were suggested are the Nordica Unknown Legend, Blizzard Ultra Sonic, the Volkl racetiger GS and the Volkl Fuegos.  I forgot to add earlier that I am female(but have frequently skied men's skis), 140 lbs, 5'10''

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Do you know of any slightly more forgiving race skis?  I was told (by a guy who works in a ski shop) that the Fischer RC4 GS skis are more forgiving and coaches often choose them.  Other skis that were suggested are the Nordica Unknown Legend, Blizzard Ultra Sonic, the Volkl racetiger GS and the Volkl Fuegos.  I forgot to add earlier that I am female(but have frequently skied men's skis), 140 lbs, 5'10''



Although I will suggest going with a more balanced frontside ski, I know many people that do ski on race skis/cheaters all the time and love it. A few of them started to bitch in the spring about the performance in softer corn snow but they still skied it fine. All of those are made by good companies and will work well for what your looking at. The racetiger GS is going to be a very very demanding ski to ski as your every day ski, I would definetly lean towards the fuego if you were going volkl.

 

The unknown legend looks like the women's version of the firearrow and I'm sure its a great ski as well. I'm your size and weigh making me a rather skinny guy, and was basically suggesting what I would have went with if I was going for a frontside ski. I probably should have suggested a women's ski on the weight/height alone but I had assumed you were male and as some one who skiied on women's skis for the last two seasons, the flack I got from friends was some what annoying even if the ski's ripped (06 Dynastar exclusive legend, not even remotely what your looking for though)

 

 

post #9 of 9

The single best answer to your question would be the Blizzard M-Power. It is basically the Mag 8.7 (which is great ski in its own right) with the addition of the Blizzard "suspension system. This allows an 87mm, stiff torsion ski to grip like crazy, have the damp feel of a real plated race ski, but have a less than boardlike flex, superior dampening, and a wide body with a minimal tip rise for a somewhat easier ride in mixed and choppy snow.

 

SJ

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