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Level 6-7 skiier out West looking for recommendation on front side carving ski for ski lessons

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Hi.  I am a 6 ft, 190 lb male in my 40's, level 6 (borderline 7) skiier in the Rockies.  I have the season lesson package and am looking for a good front side carving ski for the lessons to work on technique.  I already have the Line Influence 105's for my all-mountain, powder, crud, off-piste ski, so I am looking for something that will complement and not duplicate it.  I am concerned that the 105's are too wide and burly for the lessons, especially given the lack of snow this year.  Definitely got some looks and comments from my instructors on my first day.

 

Am watching some pretty good deals on used and older models of the following:  Elan Waveflex 78ti, Progressor 9+, 10+, Motive 80, Salomon XW Enduro 850, Atomic D2 VF 70, K2 Charger, Recon and Rictor, but am open to other suggestions. 

 

Also appreciate any general recommendations or guidance on width and length for carving skis out West. 

 

Thanks in advance.

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It's not going to be boney all season, so unless you're working on hard piste specific technique, seems what you have would be totally fine. That said, the Rossi E88, or Kastle MX88 would be great compliments to your Lines. The E98 is a very powerful and excellent western all around piste oriented ski that holds incredibly well on hard snow, but I'm not sure it's the ski you want at your current ability level. Others might rightfully disagree though. The Head Titan or iSpeed and that ilk, or the Blizzard 8.7 would be in the running as well. Lot's of great skis at the moment in this particular category for you out there.

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Thanks for the suggestions.  Did you mean to write "E98" or was that a typo? 

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E88 in the former mention, and yes, I meant the E98 in the latter. Demo both and see which you prefer. If you like turnier, the 88 will do you. If you like gs type arcing at speed, the E98 is your thing.

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Hi.  I am a 6 ft, 190 lb male in my 40's, level 6 (borderline 7) skiier in the Rockies.  I have the season lesson package and am looking for a good front side carving ski for the lessons to work on technique.  I already have the Line Influence 105's for my all-mountain, powder, crud, off-piste ski, so I am looking for something that will complement and not duplicate it.  I am concerned that the 105's are too wide and burly for the lessons, especially given the lack of snow this year.  Definitely got some looks and comments from my instructors on my first day.

 

Am watching some pretty good deals on used and older models of the following:  Elan Waveflex 78ti, Progressor 9+, 10+, Motive 80, Salomon XW Enduro 850, Atomic D2 VF 70, K2 Charger, Recon and Rictor, but am open to other suggestions. 

 

Also appreciate any general recommendations or guidance on width and length for carving skis out West. 

 

Thanks in advance.


I have skied a bunch of ski's and I will tell you that the Solomon Enduro 850 is a GREAT ski.   Demo it and you will buy it.   The 177  rips, 

I like the Enduro better than the 8.7,  it feels like the AC 50, but with the early rise it turns quicker in the crud and powder, and bombs on the flats.    

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I'm a little heavier than you and use a Blizzard 8.1 from last year as an front side ski (along with a couple pair of race stock sl and gs boards)  The 8.1's are real easy to get along with, carve well, and do much better than expected in crud and off piste...as long as it isn't too deep.  The IQ Max binding system is great as well, allows for a measure of adjustment to suit your personal taste's.

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