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Ski Recommendations Please

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Thread Starter 

I am looking to finally buy my own skis.  I am 30 years old, 5'11, 185lbs, decently athletic and am an intermediate skier looking to improve and ski more often.  I mostly ski east coast (West VA, Vermont, ect..) but try to make it to Utah once a year for the powder.  I am looking for a versatile all mountain ski probably with a 80-90 waist and 174-178 length (feel free to suggest other dimensions if I'm wrong for my size).  I'm hoping to find a 2011 model for budgetary reasons.  I've been looking at the K2 Aftershock, Atomic Crimson TI and Volkl AC 50 to name a few.  Any suggestions would be great because it is hard to differentiate and figure out what might be best for me based on generic reviews and product descriptions.  Thanks!

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There have been some great reviews posted by members like Phil and Dawg, that address the 80-90mm category.  Based on what you have described, not only will you want something with versatility, but also something with some forgiveness (given that you call yourself an intermediate skier).  Two things to consider...demo days, and possibly a pair of lightly used skis.  Intermediate level is an interesting part of your ski "life", because you may progress fairly rapidly, and find that you "outgrow" the pair you buy. 

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I'll try to check out some of those reviews.  I would say I am a level 6-8 skier.  I handle blues fine and hold my own on most blacks and some double blacks on occasion, although I can't really do moguls well, so I am probably not an 8 quite yet.  I want skis that aren't too stiff, but also that I won't grow out of quickly, hence looking in the intermediate-advanced class of skis.

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Welcome to Epic.  The most important thing you can do for your skiing progress is get boots from a qualified and experienced boot fitter so that they are not too long or too wide or both.  The boot is the mechanism that "tells" the skis what to do.  If your boots are too big, which is nearly certain if you didn't get them fitted properly, your skis will not be able to do what you want them to do when you want them to do it.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wiki about fitting, then check the list of fitters to see if there is one close to you.  Until you have boots that fit correctly you are basically throwing your money away buying skis.  Trust me, I stupidly did that for years before I understood how important boots really are.

post #5 of 5

Based on that additional info, you might want to try out a pair of last years Dynastar Sultan 85's.  They might fit your needs.  You can find sweet deals on those skis, and they are very versatile and forgiving.  My brother-in-law bought a pair, and his level seems to match yours exactly.  He loves the skis, and all the feedback I have heard is very positive.  I demo'ed them briefly, and also thought they were great.  Dawg's review of the Sultan's was very favorable.  (And sound advice above from mtcyclist...the boots are more important than the skis)

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