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What skis should I demo at Whistler?

post #1 of 5
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This is my first post on this forum. I currently ski on 170cm Head Cyber X 30, which I really like for Australian conditions. I am 170cm tall and weigh 62kg, and am a strong intermediate skiier who is hoping to get a lot better when I spend this coming season at Whistler. I want to get into skiing off piste, and mastering the moguls

I am thinking of converting my Head skis into telemark skis, and buying a new pair for downhill skiing in Canada.

I have heard good things about the Bandit XX from this forum and friends, but am worried that it may be a bit advanced for me. Also it is important to have skis that will work well on the groomed runs in Australia which can be quite slushy or icy. I am unlikely to be skiing powder snow often when I get home.

So what sort of skis should I be looking at demoing? Given that I want something that will be good for Whistler and good for Australia as well.

Thanks for your help, this looks like a great forum!
post #2 of 5
It's been a few years since I've been to Whistler, but as I remember, they have excellent rental/demo facilities there. The Mountain Adventure Center will let you rent a high-performance ski package where you can change your skis as many times as you want during the rental period. If you're looking to demo a few different pairs of skis, this might be the way to go.
post #3 of 5
They also have a location mid-mountain (at least on Blackcomb) that allows you to swap your skis without needing to go all the way back to the village. You could potentially try several pairs of ski per day.
post #4 of 5
I would also check out www.techsupportforskiers.com for an idea of the types of skis beyond the Bandit XX that might work best for you. That site has reviews of skis based on the type of skier you are and what might work best for you. Keep in mind that the stiffness of a ski that does well in crud may make it tougher in the moguls and vice-versa.

Also, one insight of the site is that once you focus on a type of ski, the length you use will probably have more impact on your skiing than the brand.


post #5 of 5
I would try Volkl Vertigo motions. My husband bought them this year, he is a strong skier but his technical finesse is still developing. He loved these skis, he found them forgiving but still good enough to allow for more agressive skiing. They are a little wider so they will also be good for Whistler where you get lots of lovely soft stuff.

Have a great time!
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