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Dynastar Contact Cross , Blizzard Magnum 7.6 (8.1) IQ, or Fischer Motive 80.

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Hoping for some input from people that have skied one or all of these skis. I am 39 years old, 5'9" 190 lbs. I would say I am a level 8 

type II (more like 2.5) skier. I ski exclusively in the North East. 

 

I have been skiing on 2007 Blizzard CMX 10 IQ's for 5 seasons. although they handle quite nicely on groomed trails at 69 under foot they are a lot of work in crud and not good in the glades or on fresh snow. Last year I purchased a pair of 2009 Apache Recon 174s (without ever skiing them) from a friend because I got a great deal. After about 10 days on them I just dont like the way they ski. although it is a good ski when there is some fresh snow on the trails I find it performs quite poorly on the hardpack and especially on ice. 

 

I am looking to to buy a ski that will be at home on the groomers were i spend 90% of the time  but also perform decently in the Glades at Jay Peak. when i have a chance to get up there and in fresh snow. 

 

I skied the Contact Cross on a really nice day on typical Northeaster hardpack and I loved them . I love to carve and they do that wonderfully. However at just 72 under foot I am not sure how they would perform in the glades or in 6" of fresh snow. I have heard good things about both the Blizzard Magnum 7.6 and the Fischer Motive 80, and also may consider the Dynastar Sultan 80.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 6

Hmmm, 90% groomers, and okay in the glades and fresh snow........

Blizzard Magnum 8.7, Rossignol Experience 88, Fischer Motive ............Don't sell yourself short on the width. There are some great all mountain skis like those I listed that will be awesome on groomers and still hold up off piste.

 

 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the input. I am a little gun shy about going that wide. I have never skied anything wider than 78mm.(The Recons).  At 5'9" 190-200 lbs. What length should I be looking at in the Magnum 8.7s? I have been on 170s for 5 years but they are only 69mm under foot. What affect if any does the width have on the length of ski I should be looking at? 

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 6

If'n you want something that might fit the bill, I got a pair of lightly-used Dynastar Contact 4x4 for sale cheep. 

They are burly and strong in the groomed, wider underfoot than the Cross (75), and strong in crud and soft up to 6".  Peter Keelty called them "the best one-ski quiver on any mountain short of the Chugach". 

 

I love them on the groom and find them OK in the off-piste, but I'm only 160.  I'll bet that at your weight you'll will find them much more flexible and versatile.  I'm trying not only to sell these skis but actually place them in the right hands.

 

Just a thought.  http://www.epicski.com/t/110046/fs-dynastar-contact-4x4-w-fluid-px14#post_1431922

post #5 of 6

Rossignol Avenger 82 ti ... Very fun skis and super carvers! I usually have skis around 180 cm but for those, I prefered the 170 over the 177...

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Rossignol Avenger 82 ti ... Very fun skis and super carvers! I usually have skis around 180 cm but for those, I prefered the 170 over the 177...

They, also are great in icy conditions,  steeps,trees,and better every time in bumps...

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