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Frontside Ski for a 6'5" 280 pounder

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I'm a big guy looking for a ski predominantly for NE conditions.  As a background I have been skiing for over 30 yrs and my knees now prefer black groomers but am still up for anything if only occasionally.  I'd like something over 180cm but am unsure what width at the waist I should look for (do I want it a little wider for more torsional strength due to my weight?).  Also, my boot length is either 330 or 340, I don't know if that prohibitive for some of the skis with integrated bindings.  I haven't bought a ski in years and am not sure what direction to take.  Thanks for any and all suggestions.

post #2 of 7

Race stock GS ski, the beefiest one you can find!

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Thx.  I had been thinking Volkl AC 50 in 184.  You think I should go narrower and longer?

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Thx.  I had been thinking Volkl AC 50 in 184.  You think I should go narrower and longer?



Yeah, the recommendation from crgildart is for a World-Cup GS race ski.  These are not quite "retail" skis (even though they are in one sense); you have to buy the skis and bindings separately.

 

At your size, those are simply going to be more stable when skiing "black" terrain.

 

Blizzard and HEAD traditionally make stiffer GS skis. 

 

They are going to be expensive, but the performance is top-notch.  (of course, if you buy a prior-year model or season-end sale, they won't be nearly as costly, and I think most 95%'ers buy this type of ski at a big discount).

 

At the same time, I wouldn't expect these skis to do very much for you "off-piste" and in marginal conditions, but like you said you are looking to ski groomed black terrain, so these will be perfect.

 

Hope this didn't confuse you.

post #5 of 7

If you are getting on and your knees are getting tired, AVOID wide skis....wider the ski = more torque on the knees.  If looking for a hard pack groomer ski...keep it under 70mm.  As for integrated bindings you should have no issues. 

 

The "Cross-Max" skis designed for skier cross might be worth a look.  Basically they are GS race skis, but toned down abit to make them more versatile.

post #6 of 7

Unless you are planning on racing, I'd say avoid a race stock GS ski. That AC50 sounds like it would be right on the money. Something like Kastle's MX78 in the 184 would be good too. I'm sure everybody makes something that will work. You're a big guy, but there are plenty of others like you.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the width info and brand recommendations.  I guess I am "Getting on" as me knees are starting to bark at me late in the day...ouch!

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