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Atomic Nomad Smoke Ti suitable for a beginner or not?

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Good afternoon everybody,

 

I skied many years ago as a child (only very poorly and not for a long time) and am now restarting this hobby. Because of that, I am essentially a complete beginner. I am 6'5" tall, 230 lbs. I am looking for a ski that will be suitable for me as a beginner but that I will, in the ideal case, be able to use for, say, the next five years. Piste-only.

 

The following skis are available where I live for almost the same price (within a $150 range):

 

1. Atomic Drive 5 177cm
2. Atomic Nomad Smoke Ti 178cm
3. Head iPeak 76 FLR 177cm
4. Head Peak 6 177cm
5. Rossignol Actys 300 176cm
6. Rossignol Avenger 74 Carbon 176cm
7. Rossignol Avenger 76 Carbon 176cm
8. Völkl RTM 73 173cm

 

I thought about getting the Atomic Nomad Smoke Ti 178cm since it's supposed to be an excellent ski at an excellent price. However, it's classification varies considerably. Many websites describe it as being for intermediates to experts. Some website describe it as being for intermediates. Some websites describe it as being for athletic beginners to intermediates.

 

Would this ski be too much for me or do you think that it could be a reasonable choice for someone like me?

 

Which of the others should I consider more closely, and why?

 

I'd be very grateful for any advice you may have.

 

Best wishes,

 

Dante

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Last year I  bought my head monsters im78 which were classified as an experts only ski. I was very much a beginner and had only skied a total of 7 days on 151 rentals prior to that and was still crashing regularly on blues. (I'm 57 now and not naturally athletic)

 

After a day getting used to the extra length and stiffness I was at one with them and confidently skied areas that had terrified me in the past. A bit sluggish at low speeds but they really came alive on anything moderate. The only issues I had were sore thighs from punching through too much spring crud at the bottom of runs, others have suggested that mid fats with early rise would make that task a lot easier, a solution I'm keen to investigate next trip

 

I see 2 looming issues for you,though, 178 is too short for your height and weight  (I'm 6' 1" 185lbs on 178s) and your 5 years time frame likely unrealistic unless you have no ambition to progress

 

good luck!

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