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Ski suggestions for intermediate skier that has not be out in 15 years.

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A week ago I borrowed a buddy's ski gear and took my 5 y/o to a local hill with a couple hundred feet of vertical and loved it.  Twenty years ago I could go anywhere on some 200 Atomic 533 CE's and techica boots.  Times have changed and I have no desire to hit the bumps like in the glory days. 

 

I picked up a pair of Nordica SpeedMachine 10's and some poles at a good ski shop.  Now I need skis. 

 

Can anyone give me some advice on skis that would be classified as 'All Mountain'.  Ideally, recommendations would be for skis that are a few years old.  I will probably be doing mostly intermediate skiing but some advanced stuff.  If it turns out to be something we really like I will but some new ones in a few years.

 

 

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Try to find some used Fischer Watea 74, 84, or 94's depending on your location.  They are great skis for what you are looking for and can be had relatively cheap.  Do a search here for more info.  There may be some newer slicker designs, but they will serve you well and are easy to ski confidence builders that can handle most conditions, including most expert inbounds terrain.

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I would recommend a Dynastar Sultan 80. This is an excellent all mountain ski to get back into the swing of things with. It features an all mountain waist width of 80mm that will provide you with unwavering edge grip and the ability to ski both hard and soft snow conditions. A medium range turning radius will allow you to carve short or long turns and won't hook up or hold you back when skiing with your little ripper. This is a confidence boosting ski that will have you skiing the entire mountain in no time.

post #4 of 12

Lansford, where are you located and what are your stats (height, weight, etc)?

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Thread Starter 

Very relevant information,  Height 6'0. Weight, 180

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You're very close to my size (although I outweigh you a bit).

 

When I was in the market, the Sultan 85 and Watea 84 were both in the running and both get/got very favorable reviews.  I tried them both, and being in the West, I felt the Watea was a better fit for the typical conditions.  I thought it was a bit "easier" to ski and frankly more fun.  I can see the Sultan being a better fit in the East Coast or possibly midwest where things are a bit more hardpacked.  Seemed more edgy if my memory serves me correctly.  It would be fun to compare it to the Watea now that I have 3+ years skiing it.

 

In the time you've been out of the sport, the ski technology has come a long way, so in all honesty, there are a ton of great choices out there and you'll be hard pressed to make a bad choice among them.

 

I am of the opinion that you should demo as many different skis as you can (or afford) before making a purchase.  I did that and learned a lot about my skiing style and what I like/dislike about various shapes.

 

Good luck and welcome back!

post #7 of 12
I would second the Dynastar Sultan 80.......great intermediate ski.

I have a a set of 2011élan Denali 176 that I will sell you under 200 if interested.
post #8 of 12
Dynastar legend 8000 would be a good all mountain ski for cheap, a little wider would be the 8800 or mythic rider. Both great skis for the upcoming spring season. Not too much sidecut on either, so you'd be right at home on them.
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I picked up a pair of dynastar sultan 172's.  I am 6'0" and 175 lbs.   After skiing for 2 days I am not quite sure what I think.  They were very capable and I had no problem doing anything I wanted with them.  However, they really did not challenge me very much.  They made me a better skier.  They seemed to almost turn too easily.  Is this the way all new shaped-rocker skis perform or am I on something too short?

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I picked up a pair of dynastar sultan 172's.  I am 6'0" and 175 lbs.   After skiing for 2 days I am not quite sure what I think.  They were very capable and I had no problem doing anything I wanted with them.  However, they really did not challenge me very much.  They made me a better skier.  They seemed to almost turn too easily.  Is this the way all new shaped-rocker skis perform or am I on something too short?


This is what the new shaped skis do.  Early tip rise is what is on these too. But yes they are too short for you.  The skis shouldn't challenge you.  Conditions, and what you can do in them vis-a-vis speed, turn radius, g-force is the challenge.

 

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Ski suggestions for intermediate skier that has not be out in 15 years.

 

 

Boots.  Get your boots dialed in, take some lessons, even if you were the best skier on the planet 15 years ago...  And finally,  DEMO DEMO DEMO!

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Hopefully I'm not hijacking the thread here, but rather than start a-new I figured i'd learn from this and move a bit further. I went to Appalachian and spent a lot of time skiing the NC Mountains, ending with a final big trip out to breckenridge, jackson hole, and whistler. Since then I've not skied. This was 4-5 years ago. I bought skis in 2003 while attending ASU, from Alpine and inadvertently ended up with K2 T:Nine Reflex skis, for women, and didn't realize it until today while skiing my last day at snowshoe. Aside from being women's, they are 160's, which are too small for my 5'11 185lb self. I do spend most of my time on the blacks, and can usually make linked turns all the way down, but do still sometimes hit a bit of ice and end up with a bit more steep turn, letting the tails slide out. I consider this losing a bit of confidence. The gentlemen at the performance ski store at snowshoe recommended a Head mTx, 170 in length. I'd like to got about a year old, and not spend more than I have to. I'm using Rossignal Scratch (soft) boots which I love, so where to go from here is the big question. If you guys think I should start a new topic, lemme know and I'll happily do it! 

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