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Nice skis with a bit of rocker for a big guy?

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Hi guys and galls,

 

I am looking for a new pair of skis for my father and I wonder if you could help me a bit.

 

So here's the story:

My dad is 60 years old and 188cm tall (that's about 6 feet and 2 inches). He skis groomers at moderate speeds for about 40 days a year since 10 seasons. I would describe his skills as late intermediate, that is, if something can be groomed, then he can ski down it safely, but his skiing technique is not really good.

 

Now, I'm trying to find something that would match his needs for about 80% groomers + 20% off-piste (first steps off-piste, actually).

The extra constraint is: dad wishes to get skis with a bit of rocker, something like 10-30% rocker.

 

So far my best bet was K2 Photon, but it turns out that they don't make skis for bigger guys (I guess he needs something like 182 or longer)  :(

 

Any help will be appriciated!

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Welcome to Epic.  Nordica Steadfast has a 90mm waist and comes in 178 and 186cm lengths.  My son is 6'0" and really likes my 170s but he is a strong skier with pretty good technique.  Since you say your father's technique is not good I wouldn't go over 178.  Nordica says the contact point has been moved back 25% and they call it camrocker because the ski also has camber.  I find they have great edge grip, carve well and have so far handled any amount of fresh snow I've taken them into, about 12".  The 178 has an 18m turning radius and the 186 has a 20m turning radius.  In addition to that ski, there's also the Rossignol Experience 88, Blizzard Bushwacker, Line Prophet 90 and others.  I wasn't able to demo the Rossi but the Nordica got my vote after having tried the Blizzard and Line.

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