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Big guy saying HI and looking for advice!

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
After lurking in the shadows for a while, I decided to join the site & say hi to everyone! So far, this site has been a wealth of knowledge that I trying to soak into my hard head.

One of my big.questions to ask all you experts is about ski selection, but first I'll introduce myself. I started skiing when I was about 8-9 when my parents got me lessons. I continued skiing for a few years, but only at small hills (Mt. Tom is MA lol). Last year I got back on the slopes for the first time in over 10 years and rekindled my love for it! Luckily, an in-laws owns a ski shop in CT and let's me rent for free, so equipment costs don't effect me. I'm looking into getting my own gear, but I really have no idea where to look. I'm 6'3" and a a "light" 300lbs. I know there aren't "fat folk skis", but I want to make sure whatever I get can stand up to the rigors or taking me down the hill! I currently ski @ small hills still, like Ski Sundown & Wachussett Mtn., with aspirations to make it to a CT hill once this year. As with most, I don't have unlimited budgets, but can get some deals through my family.

I look forward to recommendations & suggestions, & will continue to binge-read all the good info & tips you all continue to post. Happy trails!
post #2 of 9

Welcome to EpicSki!


I hate to sound like a broken record, but the first thing I'd do if I were you is get properly fitted boots and then do some demo'ing.


I don't think you'll have a difficult time finding the right ski, mostly because there are so many awesome skis out there.  It sounds like you're looking for a front side biased ski at the moment, which would lead me to suggest skis like Volkl RTM, Blizzard Magnum 8.7, K2 Richtor, Fischer Motive 84, Rossignol Experience or Avenger..............The list could go on and on. 

Of all the ski manufacturers that I've spent time on, Volkls tend to be a bit stiffer and may be a good place to start for someone your stature, but you may find the fun factor in just about anything!


You may want to check out our gear swap section.  IIRC I saw a Fischer Motive 84 listed yesterday.


But First............Boots!


post #3 of 9

Welcome to Epic

Originally Posted by likeapuma View Post

 Luckily, an in-laws owns a ski shop in CT and let's me rent for free, 


Has your in-law seen you ski, or do you just go to the shop for free rentals?  If you talk to them, maybe they can make some recommendations or even offer you a good deal on something off rental/demo.  I say this as your skills are likely to improve so while you may soon want some of the stiffer models in the longest size, you may or may not be ready for that right now...lot's of good stuff out there so I would see if you can demo a bit (at your in laws shop?) and start paying attention to what you like and don't like.

Edited by MEfree30 - 12/4/11 at 12:08am
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you both for the advice & suggestions. I planned on purchasing boots soon & then use them on whatever I'm given as rental skis. My in-law has never seen me ski, but always asks how they felt/worked when I bring them back. My problem is that I don't know how the explain to him...as far as I know, they just always feel "good". I never have had any issues, and I don't think I'm to the point where I can ski past their capabilities (i don't think I'm even close lol). I don't plan on doing anything too intense for a while...most of my buddies snowboard so I just cruise down the trails at a leisurly pace.
post #5 of 9

/\/\ That reminds me of comments a client of mine made not too long ago. She'd been on rental boots for all of her skiing. I finally forced her to go to a good bootfitter. The fitter later commented that he'd never seen feet so narrow (around a 92mm width). First day out on her new boots (same skis as before), she says to me - "Oh, now I understand that question about how the skis 'feel.'" She'd never actually felt her skis before because she'd been in rental boots and they fit about as well as saggy jeans on a supermodel. Her skiing has since improved dramatically.

post #6 of 9

As most will tell you, get a boot first. Find a good boot fitter (hope your inlaws are ), and don't get a boot too big. At your weight most system skis do not work. the weight limits, and DINS are to low. You should have your DIN in the center of a binding DIN range. MY DIN is 10 by the chart, and will not use a binding with a high Din of  less than13.


Sporting equipment are design for people about 180lbs. I,m down to 320lbs.. Many of the skis my friends like, are way to soft for me. Even with the fact they ski harder, and faster than me. Demo skis. Are you a frontside skier, do you want to ski in the trees, play in bumps?   For this year I,m looking at the GOODE BEYOND, VOLKL CODE, Good luck

post #7 of 9

Step 1 -- Get a pair of boots that fit just right.  I prefer Head, Nordica, and Dalbello brands, and Salomon if that's what fits best.  With your height (leverage) and weight (more leverage) you'll need stiffer boots than an average sized guy of your ability would do best in.


Step 2 -- Demo lots of skis.  Try the narrowest skis you can find with the most sidecut you can find.  The modern trend for fat skis, rocker skis, and little sidecut is marketing to ski movie dreamers.  Narrow skis turn more easily.  The width is shown in millimeters on the ski.  The sidecut is the circular hourglass shape of the ski, and measured in meters of the theoretical turn radius of the ski.  More sidecut is a smaller number showing a sharper turn.  Skis are made stiffer as they are made longer, and with your height (leverage) and weight, you'll need the longest ski made in the line you choose.  Have the shop people examine the state of tune of the skis--whether the bottom is actually flat and the angles of the steel edges--and don't bother with skis that aren't properly tuned.  If you buy skis, get them tuned before you ski the first time.  Some ski factories put on an excellent tune, and some put on a terrible tune.  Skis with bottoms that aren't truly flat and don't have consistent edge angles cannot ski well.

post #8 of 9
Originally Posted by tiredknees View Post

Try the narrowest skis you can find with the most sidecut you can find.  

Bad advice.  Someone who has been away from skiing for 10 years doesn't need slalom skis.  Skis with a short turn radius, like 11-14m, are likely to be hooky and pretty unforgiving, therefore more difficult to ski.  A turn radius around 18m will be more forgiving and easier to control.


But, boots are way more important than skis and get them from a boot fitter.

post #9 of 9

I am also a bigger guy looking to buy some new skis, I skied  a lot when I was younger  but have been limited in recent years to only few days per year. (A sad tail of kids and work,  I know)  I recently demoed  K2 Rictors and found pretty good on granular groomed stuff. They are front rocker ski and handled the Michigan man made granular crud and boiler plate pretty well.  I also demo'ed Volkl RTM 80's and found them less forgiving than the K2's on the Midwest stuff I usually ski. The dimensions are almost  the same but I felt a big difference.  I have a trip to Vail planned this year and will be demo'ing Rictor's again and hopefully picking some up in a spring sale unless I find something I like better. 


Start with the boots, without good boots you can't work the ski.  

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