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Lost a lot of weight, need some less burly skis

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I'm a 35 year old skier, 5'8" 185lbs (down from 260). I'm probably a level 6/7 skier--like steeper groomers, pow, and lighter crud. I ski mostly Squaw/Alpine/Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. I would not describe myself as an aggressive, charging skier. My current quiver is geared more to a short, very heavy guy: '07 Volkl AC30 170cm, '10 Volkl Katana 183cm.

 

This setup was great for crushing groomers and slicing through crud. I was able to flex the Katana sufficiently that it worked well enough in the powder, although it was a little too beefy for me to feel comfortable in trees or other tight spots.

 

I have recently lost a ton of weight (safely and healthily!) and I'm getting excited for this years' ski season. I am beginning to worry, however, that I'm not going to be heavy enough to flex the double-metaled Volkls enough to make skiing fun. I don't want turning to become a chore.

 

In addition, I'm going to try to ski a lot more off-piste this season, focusing on trees, bumps, and tougher crud. With that in mind, I've been doing a lot of reading on this site and others.

 

I'm looking for probably 2 pairs of new skis. I'm pretty close to Start Haus in Truckee, so I'd love input from those guys in particular. I've narrowed my selections to the following in no particular preference order:

 

Hard (for West Coast) Snow:

 

Kastle MX 78/83/88 (Too stiff?)

Rossignol E88

Blizzard Bushwacker

Blizzard M-Power (Again, too stiff?)

Elan Amphibio 82/88

 

Mixed Conditions:

 

Kastle LX92

Kastle BMX98

Blizzard Bonafide

Dynastar Legend 94

Nordica Enforcer (Too stiff?)

Nordica Hell and Back

Armada TST

 

Powder/Soft Snow:

 

Rossignol S7

Moment Bibby Pro

ON3P Billy Goat

Atomic Bent Chetler

 

So, any ideas or suggestions? Any length advice? Any skis not on this list that I should take a look at? Also, I'm interested in demoing, but I know nothing at all about how to go about doing that, or how much it might cost.

 

Thanks in advance for the help!

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I forgot to mention that I've skied around 30-50 days per year for the last 3 or 4 years.

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Originally Posted by Aezed View Post

 

I'm looking for probably 2 pairs of new skis. I'm pretty close to Start Haus in Truckee, so I'd love input from those guys in particular. I've narrowed my selections to the following in no particular preference order:

 

 

When do you want to get together for a personal consultation with either SierraJim or myself? 

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When do you want to get together for a personal consultation with either SierraJim or myself? 

 

I PM'd you. Thanks!

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Got it, we can get you on a more compliant ski than you have been on. No worries. 

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+1 for meeting up with Phil n' Jim in person; learned a lot, they played 'doctor' (the non-creepy version) and diagnosed what skis would give me max grins. beercheer.gif

 

FWIW, I'm within an inch in height and 5# in weight as you, the MXs are not too stiff; I dig my 88s lots and lots.

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yeah, you can't turn out Jim's offer, I was gonna say try what you have for this yr and try out with the weight loss, demo as much as you can, but ... if Jim can help, then it's a bit hard to turn that down.

 

but .... I'd hit one ski ... maybe peg one if it goes to a close out or demo close out,etc.  by the end of season, heck, you could be up a level or two and why not save the extra ski for later ...

 

I personally think you could use what you have as it will be completely different with less than 50+ lbs loss, likely more muscle or at least more muscle to mass.   a new ski with some recommendations could be great, but again, i would argue to save a second if possible to next yr.

post #8 of 12

Honestly don't really see the ski's you have being an issue.
 

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+1

I think 185lbs is kind of the "sweet spot" for most aggressive/stout skis.

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Honestly don't really see the ski's you have being an issue.
 

 

If I was going to continue to barrel down groomers, I'd agree. I want something more playful and agile in general. Also, as I improved, I've been finding the ac30 a bit short at 170. With that in mind, thoughts on Bushwacker vs. Kendo?

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Honestly don't really see the ski's you have being an issue.
 


First of all .... Congratulations on your weight loss!

 

I had the same thought as ecimortal.  I would not at all consider your current skis as being too big at your new weight.  Some might consider an AC30 in 170 as being on the tad too little side for a person who weighs 185.  I weigh 175 and would be using a bigger ski in that width range.  The Katana is a good size. 

 

My bet is that you will enjoy skiing much more at this weight and that you would find that the old skis to feel more responsive and lively, assuming that they still have some life left in them.

 

However, I think you need to celebrate your weight loss with some new skis.  Its as good of an excuse as any to but some new skis, and perhaps better than mostsmile.gif


Edited by canadianskier - 9/21/12 at 1:18pm
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Aezed,

 

I don't see anything seriously broken with your current ski setup.  If it was me, I would ski them and see what you think.

 

I'm a heavier skier- 6'1" and I run between 210-250 lbs., although I've been a lot moe stable at keeping things closer to the 210 recently.

 

What I have found is that when I'm skiing around the 210 weight, I may have less mass to flex the ski, but I also have more fitness to throw that mass into the ski harder, so it seems to roughly even out.

 

Its a lot of fun hitting the slopes after you've had good weight loss in the offseason. It feels REALLY good.

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