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Looking for Ski advice after long break.

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First post.


Looking for some advice,  bear with me as I give my backround.........


40 years old, decent shape, 6'1" 230 lbs.


Last equipment purchased in 1987(still in my attic)

Salomon SX91 Equipe boots

Volkl Targa 195

Look HP89?


My late teens and twenties were spent at Mt Baker in Wa State carving blu and black groomers at good pace.  I always preferred on piste at fairly high speed but always in control on gear above.


Have been off skis for last 12 years and decided to pick it up again this year.


Fast forward to new technology.  I have visited Mt Baker 8 times this year and am sold on skiing again.  Hope to make it a bigger priority in the following years.  I will never however be a 20+ day/year skier. 


All trips this year have been on either Rossignol S86(178) or Dynastar Sultan Legend 94(184).  I basically tried to forget about how my old gear used to ski and the old runs I frequented.  This new season I have skied what and where I felt comfortable.  This has been a mix of blue groomed, black un groomed, and areas in between.  I have been very comfortable carving groomed at speed.  While I was never a great powder skier, I have found myself skiing powder and crud better and with more confidence at age 40 than at age 25?  I am thinking that more time off the groomers with new gear and maybe a lesson will convince me to be more of a 50/50, all mountain, capable yet cautious skier.


I purchased New Lange Super Blaster Boots and am looking to add skis.  I have an opportunity to buy the demo Sultan 94's that I have rented for a decent deal.  I do not wish to spend big $$ right away but am tired of the rental cost each time.  My thought is to buy a demo to ski for a couple years.  I thought I would read some reviews on the ski and found this site.  With so much info and my limited knowlege on new technology, I have started to overthink things.


Does the Sultan 94 sound like the right ski for me to get back into things and advance my skills from where I left off in the 90's?

After reading many reviews, it may be too much ski?  Should I look into another demo option?  Should I stop overthinking, buy the Sultan and jsut go ski!



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For your size, I think the Sultan 94 in a 184 is a great ski for you to start your quiver with. If you like them and the price is right, buy them.  Be sure to check with one of the sites sponsors DAWGCatching.com as he has some good deals at times. He also has the Elan Spire on his site which is a very good ski http://www.dawgcatching.com/ski-s-1/elan/2012-spire.html

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