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First time ski buyer - what to get.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I have been skiing for 17 years now (just hit 20 years old the other day), and I have had skis hired for me for all of my ski trips. But seeing as though the end of this year will be the first time I head of to France with friends instead of the 'rents, I want to buy some skis to suit my needs.

 

Seeing as though I'm a uni student and multiple skis is mostly out of the question for this season (cash starts adding up when you come from Australia), I'm after advice on what I should get. 

 

I love to ski in pretty much everything; between the trees, big alpine powder slopes, still learning park stuff (I can't smash the real big stuff - yet), and I can't leave out screaming down the groomed runs. 

 

So should I get a set of skis that suit the powder, or a pair that suit groomed runs/park - i.e. twin tips of some sort - or should I get something that can handle all types of skiing? My thinking is I either get powder skis or groomed/park skis (hopefully something that can handle a bit of powder) and then get the other type of skiis in the run-up to next years snow season (2013/14). 

 

And then the next question is, after what type of ski should I get, what brand/model should I get? My experience level is advanced/expert/top lever/whatever you want to call it, the point is I can ski on anything. 

 

I know there's alot of questions there, but I want to get it right the first time. All advice is appreciated.

 

Cheers,

 

Alex. 

post #2 of 11

Welcome to Epic

 

1- I love the fact that you said "between the trees" that's awesome (seriously; much more accurate the skiing the trees!)

 

2- make sure your boots are dialed in 1st

 

3- From what you have described the "all mountain" ski is a 95-105 waisted ski. there a ton of them. The most popular are Blizz' Bonafide, Rossi Experience 98, S3, Solly Sentinal & Shogun, Armada TST, DPS 99, Volkl Mantra/Bridge, K2 Fujas,Hardside, Kastle mx88, FX94 BMX 98. and I am sure I missed a ton.  we do also need to know your height and weight.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

My height/weight is 6'7" (~203cm) and 200 pounds (~90 kilos). Boots I'm going to get in person. Skis on the other hand, I do not need to try on so I can get over the net. 

post #4 of 11

OK, so you need a long ski and one that has some strenght to it.  Revised list to come....

 

Blizz Bonafide or Cochise (maybe)

Kastle mx88 bmx 98

Rossi Exp 98

Moment PB&J, Belafonte

K2 hardside

solly sentinal

Volkl Mantra

 

I am sure there are plenty of others to consider. Not sure what is coming out new for 12/13

post #5 of 11

Get the red ones.

post #6 of 11

the red ones are now the blue ones; come on bro'

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

OK, so you need a long ski and one that has some strenght to it.  Revised list to come....

 

Blizz Bonafide or Cochise (maybe)

Kastle mx88 bmx 98

Rossi Exp 98

Moment PB&J, Belafonte

K2 hardside

solly sentinal

Volkl Mantra

 

I am sure there are plenty of others to consider. Not sure what is coming out new for 12/13

 

Also consider the Salomon Shoguns.

 

Haha - see Finn?  ;-)

post #8 of 11

I left that one off the second list just for you wink.gif  good on ya'

post #9 of 11

Hexster,

Look at the following

 

Moment PB&J - Though I personally feel that Moment's quality is not the best

Line Blend

ON3P Jeronimo - Personal favorite

Volkl Bridge

Kastle James

Armada ARV

K2 Kung Fujas

 

These are all good options for giving you good performance all over the mountain (including powder) while leaving the door open for some park progression.
 

post #10 of 11
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I left that one off the second list just for you wink.gif  good on ya'

 

I didn't realize you had it on the first list.  I stand corrected.

post #11 of 11

naah, i forgot it on the 2nd  good snag

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I didn't realize you had it on the first list.  I stand corrected.

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