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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,

This is my first post, but i've been looking around for a while.  I've been skiing for 26 years now, but took about 12 years off to snowboard.  I'm in Pennsylvania, so mostly East Coast ice and crusty groomers with the occasional trip out west.  After my trip to the darkside i've decided to get back to skiing.  My current setup is about 15 years old, so time for new stuff.  I have a great local shop, Salters, that has me looking at a couple skis, Line Prophet 90 and Line Prophet Flites, both with Marker Griffon bindings.  i'm 5'8" and 200 pounds.  what is your thoughts on these skis for someone getting back to it.  i also have a couple kids that i want to teach/introduce to skiing soon, so that is definitely a deciding factor.

post #2 of 9

Hi, Welcome to EpicSki.

 

The LP 90 is a great daily driver if you lived out west, and an okay daily driver for east coast.  If you are getting a good deal then give them a shot.  If you want something a little more east coast specific, there are some other great options to look at 

 

The real question is:  What is your priority?

 

post #3 of 9

I demoed the Line Prophet 90 in a 172cm (I think) length today. I'm 5'8", 215lbs. I'm a retired guy usually ski 80 days/year. Skied some groomers, some ankle deep cut up snow in-bounds and boot top side-country, light dry snow. The ski performed well on everything including handled speed on the groomers very well. The ski is softer than some skis like the Volkl Mantra or Blizzard Bonifide that I ski a lot (they are also wider) but the Prophet 90 is definitely stiffer than the Rossignol S3 that I will demo tomorrow.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the insight.  My priorities are definitely centered east coast and as

uch as i would love a couple skis, one do it all is what im looking at. Any suggestions on some other skis to look at?  Also have a budget around 800.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the insight.  My priorities are definitely centered east coast and as

uch as i would love a couple skis, one do it all is what im looking at. Any suggestions on some other skis to look at?  Also have a budget around 800.

post #6 of 9

boots!?

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ahhh boots.  I have Salomon evolution 5.0 performa's.  Im guessing they are between 8 and 10 years old.  My local shop is a bootfitter for dalbello's, theyre supposed to be pretty good, the shop that is.  Would i be better off getting great boots and a less expensive ski?  Or get skis this year and boots next, if i just got boots i would need to rent and i hate renting skis. Now that the boot conversation has come up, any suggestions in that dept as well.

post #8 of 9

http://www.epicski.com/f/73/ask-the-boot-guys

In short, get something that fits, preferably from someone who really knows what they are doing.  A shell fit is mandatory at minimum.

 

When was the last time you used your current boots?  Are they comfortable?  Most people buy boots that are too big, which will hinder your progress at some point.

 

Don't look it as renting skis- look at it as demoing different skis to figure out what you like best.  If you have been out of it for 12 years (with boots that are 8-10 yo ???), then I would suggest getting used skis if you are not willing to demo as you may find your tastes change as your skills start to come back/improve.  FWIW, I boarded for 3 years and had a 6 year lay-off from skiing and ended up selling my get back into it skis after 2 seasons to a friend who doesn't ski as much.  With good shaped skis, I consider myself a better skier now than when I was in my 20s.

 

used skis you could consider for East Coast

http://www.epicski.com/t/109014/for-sale-2011-nordica-hot-rod-pro-burner-ski-170cms-new

or

http://www.epicski.com/t/108779/for-sale-blizzard-supersonic

or for something even more racy

http://www.epicski.com/t/108781/for-sale-dynastar-speed-course-ti

or a a high end used ski from a well regarded Epic contributor 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109394/fs-kastle-rx12s-great-shape-176cm-700-obo

 

I could present others, but demoing will help you figure out what suits you best.

 

 

post #9 of 9

I've been skiing the Salomon 1080 Foil for a couple of years now (4 or 5 years) and must say that I never felt as confortable skiing on groomers and occasionally powder. This ski is a perfect all round ski with twin-tip. I really recommend it to anyone doing a bit of everything but only having the budget for one pair of skis. 

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