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Back to skiing after 15 years, need new equipment recommendations.

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Hi all, my wife and I haven't skied for the past 15 years but we are now getting back into the sport. We actually started up again last year and rented all season. This year we'd like to purchase our own skis and turn to the experts for advice.

 

A little about us:

 

We are strictly midwest skiers, specifically Michigan (Crystal, Boyne, etc...) so we need skis that perform best on groomed front side hills. I'd consider myself intermedicate to advanced (for Michigan) and my wife is a beginner/intermedicate. Price is not really an issue but we'd like a ski that would last us for a few (or more) seasons.

 

Basically, I'm looking for the best ski for hard packed and groomed trails/front side.

 

Thanks!!!

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Welcome to Epic...just deleted my first post accidently, but check out http://www.epicski.com/products/category/carving-skis and be sure to get some proper fitting boots.  Most of the current models will be far superior to basic rentals

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Thanks for the link. I should have mentioned we both went for boot fitting on Friday. I purchased Tecnica Phoenix Max 8's 26.5 for my sized 9.5 to 10 feet. and my wife got Salomon Divine 6's but I can't recall the size.

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I'm looking at Atomic D2 VF 75, any comments. I'm 5'10" and weigh about 190lbs. I'm leaning toward 175 over 166, is that a good decision?

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I'm looking at Atomic D2 VF 75, any comments. I'm 5'10" and weigh about 190lbs. I'm leaning toward 175 over 166, is that a good decision?



The 175 should be better for you. Also consider taking a lesson (or three), we are skiing a lot different now than we were 15 years ago too. A lesson will really increase your enjoyment and will help you get more out of your new investment. 

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I'm looking at Atomic D2 VF 75, any comments. I'm 5'10" and weigh about 190lbs. I'm leaning toward 175 over 166, is that a good decision?



The 175 length is correct but I'm not 100% sure that's the right ski model. For sure, the VF is a great frontside ski but it is absolutely the top of Atomic's line for that category and might be a bit overkill for you anytime in the near future. As an alternative, you could look at skis such as the Atomic Blackeye, Rossi Basalt 76 or Blizzard Supersonic Power. Each of these is well suited for a solid advanced skier and will save you ~~ $200 or so over a top of the line ski/binding combo. Your wife might be well suited by a Dynastar Idyll or Blizzard Viva 7.4 or 7.6.

 

Don't worry about "growing out" of these choices. If purchased in the correct lengths, any of them will last for years.

 

Ditto on the lessons and boots suggestions.

 

SJ

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