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Choosing a pair of skis

post #1 of 14
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Hello, I live in Argentina and I am attempting to buy a new pair of skis.  I really need help with this because I barely now something about skis.

 

My skiing level is of an expert (in comparison to the other skiers in the resorts) but I only ski 1 or 2 weeks a year.  Every time I can I go skiing off-piste or in the woods because the groomers don´t really challenge me, but since I mostly ski with friends that have a lower skiing level, I visit the groomers very often.  I don´t really like the park so a "symetrical twin tip" as I heard is not the right choice for me, except obviously they don´t affect the capability of skiing in other sectors.  But maybe in some years i start to visit the park very often and I would't want to buy a new pair of skis just for this.  I want a all mountain ski.  I  think it could be more orientated to off-piste because I don´t really need a specific ski for groomer because they are easy.  My budget is a medium one.

 

Thanks

 

rubinio   

post #2 of 14
How about you height and weight?

Also do you have any idea about what's available in Argentina compared to what is available here in the US? As well as the price difference.

Answering these questions will help people to suggest something viable to you...
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am 15 years old, weight about 78 kg and my height is about 1.75 cm.  I forgot to specify that I will buy the skis in the US.

 

In groomers I ski very fast.

 

Thanks

 

rubinio


Edited by rubinio - 7/23/12 at 7:40pm
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Could someone help me?

post #5 of 14

I was looking for an offpiste ski recently, based on the suggestions I got and my research here are some recommendations that you can find for a great discount around this time of the year here in the US

 

I think you might be looking for something around 90mm underfoot, I`m not really sure how much snow you guys get in Argentina, but since you are looking for an off piste ski.

 

You might wanna take a look at

 

Nordica Steadfast

Line Prophet 90/98

Rossignol S3

Blizzard Bonafide/Bushwacker

Vokl Mantra/Kendo

 

Those are some that I can think of, but it will depend on how do you like the skis some are on the soft side have more rocker, others are stiff skis.

 

You can take a look at the gear review page and see what people have to say about those skis, there are a lot of good reviews. You probably wanna look for something around 180cm on a rocker ski.

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-volkl-mantra

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-nordica-steadfast

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-rossignol-s3-ski

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-line-prophet-90-ski

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-line-prophet-98-ski

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-blizzard-bushwacker-ski

http://www.epicski.com/products/2012-blizzard-bonafide-ski

 

Hope that helps... btw, how much do you wanna spend? What is your medium budget? Does it include bindings, which is something you are gonna have to think about...

post #6 of 14

This is a difficult question to answer as there are many,many skis that fit your description and it is a matter of taste as to which one is "right". You will get as many opinions as there are people posting on this forum.

 

I suggest you look at the gear reviews on this site and look for a ski in the "mid-fat" or "All mountain" category and try it. Hopefully, there are places in Argentina where you can rent or try the ski before you buy it, but if not, you probably will not go wrong if you pick one of the highly rated skis from the "All Mountain" category reveiwed here on this site.

 

Twin tips can be used outside of the Park situation too. My husband, for instance, has two pairs of twin tips he uses for all mountain and he never goes in the park. So if you think you may want to do that in future, go ahead and get twin tips...

 

Hope that helps.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

I´ve heard that the moment skis are very good.  Does anyone have an opinion from this?

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Also, if my height is 1.75 cm, what size of ski should I buy?

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

I´ve heard that the moment skis are very good.  Does anyone have an opinion from this?

 

Yes - a lot of people really like them, particularly around Tahoe (which makes sense because they're based out of Reno).  May be more difficult for you to get down there since they're a smaller company, but I do know they have distribution in Chile.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

Also, if my height is 1.75 cm, what size of ski should I buy?

175-180...depending on the ski..the Bushwackers that were mentioned, come in a 178cm which should work well. 

post #11 of 14
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175-180...depending on the ski..the Bushwackers that were mentioned, come in a 178cm which should work well. 

I know what you are saying is right but it is very strange.  Counting all the skis I´ve rented in my life (just normal carving skis made for groomer) the longest ski I´ve ever used was a 1.62.  This huge difference is because of the type of ski?  Will I have problems making short turns?

 

At least here in argentina the normal length the people I know use is about everybodies mouth (friends and family).

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

I know what you are saying is right but it is very strange.  Counting all the skis I´ve rented in my life (just normal carving skis made for groomer) the longest ski I´ve ever used was a 1.62.  This huge difference is because of the type of ski?  Will I have problems making short turns?

 

At least here in argentina the normal length the people I know use is about everybodies mouth (friends and family).

Depending on the ski, you could go shorter, I am referring to a hard snow biased frontside ski. If you want to be in the that shorter length, I would suggest a ski that is a bit stronger and can handle your weight and force a little better. Maybe a Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (in a 167) or such (swinging the pendulum the complete other direction). a non rental ski yo will quickly notice more usable performance compared to a rental ski that is main purpose is to make back at the end of the day so it can be used again the next day. 

post #13 of 14
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the Bushwackers that were mentioned, come in a 178cm which should work well.

 

If this is the ski you want I have a pair of brand new 2013s that I could sell. PM me if you're interested.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

Also, if my height is 1.75 cm, what size of ski should I buy?

Modern skis should roughly match your height if you are truly an expert.

 

This will vary depending on how much rocker is built in to the ski.  Longer is better with more rise on the front and back.  Shorter with full camber or early rise.

 

A good all mountain ski can and will carve a beautiful line on the groomers while making for nice short radius turns off piste(Bonafide).

 

I recommend reading up on skis you currently know, then taking those descriptions, compare them to your impression, and look at new reviews with these terms in mind.

 

Better yet, demo demo demo.

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