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Thread Starter 

Hello - I'd like some help from the knowledgeable people on here.  I have been skiing for about 4 years on older first generation parabolic skis and would like to invest in a new set.  I live in the East coast, Western New York and ski mostly blue squares and single black diamonds.  I'm in my early 40's so I mostly take it easy but occasionally ramp up the speed and hit a few smaller jumps.  I'd consider myself a strong intermediate skier.  I should also note I'm 5' 10" around 180.

 

Can any of the posters tell me how the Volkl RTM 74 or the Dynastar Outland 75 fits with my skill set?  These are the ones I have seen deals on.  If there's not a good fit with those can you recommend skis?  Thanks so much.

post #2 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki!  You are more likely to get advice if you answer the following questions:

 

 

Where in the world are you skiing? 

 

What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)?

 

How many days a year do you ski?  

 

How advanced are you as a skier? 

 

What's your height and weight?

 

 

How did/will you buy your boots?

 

By the way, knowing that you ski a blue run without knowing the ski resort is not that useful.  The colors only apply to the relative difficulty in the one place.  A blue run in the western NY is nothing like a blue run in the Rockies.

 

 

Check out the tips for newbies here:

http://www.epicski.com/t/65105/beginners-tip-bible-share-yours

 

Might also learn something here:

http://www.epicski.com/f/56/beginner-zone

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Okay, although I believe I answered most of these questions with the original post. 

 

-  Skiing at Holiday Valley in Springville, NY.  This is about an hour outside of Buffalo, NY

-  I mostly prefer groomed runs

-  I ski about 8-10 times a year

-  I consider myself on the advanced side of intermediate

-  5' 10" tall, wieghing in at 180lbs

-  My boots are old but structurally sound and fit well.  I do not intend in getting new ones this year.

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-  Skiing at Holiday Valley in Springville, NY.  This is about an hour outside of Buffalo, NY

Looks like a place that makes the most of 750 vertical.  Always intrigued by smaller areas that have been around for 40+ years.

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Originally Posted by rundmc View Post

Okay, although I believe I answered most of these questions with the original post. 

 

-  Skiing at Holiday Valley in Springville, NY.  This is about an hour outside of Buffalo, NY

-  I mostly prefer groomed runs

-  I ski about 8-10 times a year

-  I consider myself on the advanced side of intermediate

-  5' 10" tall, wieghing in at 180lbs

-  My boots are old but structurally sound and fit well.  I do not intend in getting new ones this year.

 

I ski Holiday Valley quite a bit and am similar in size.  I am not familiar Dynastars but am with the Volkl.  I think the 74 you will outgrow quickly if you are  a strong improving skier.  I haven't skied the RPM 74 but I did both the 80 and 84 and wasn't that impressed and I generally love Volkls.  I might suggest looking for a deal on a pair of Blizzard Mag 76 IQ a mid level ski that I was impressed with.  Also, if you can find a pair of last year Rossi Avenger 76 they would also make a good choice.

 

There is a big ski swap coming up at Holiday Valley Oct 5-7. I know there will be lots of new as well as used skis for sale from local shops.  I will be there working the swap representing the shop I work p/t at.  If you can make the swap, ask for Rick from Little Mountain.  I won't steer you wrong.  Honest!  LOL

 

Rick G

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your comments Rick.  I have also been speaking with a few local ski shops and I ended up going with the K2 Photon.  It seemed to match my ability best at a price point I could live with.  The one area of concern was ski length.  The shop owner was adamant that 163cm was the size best suited to my height, weight, and skiing style.  I did tell him that I usually make short quick turns versus long sweeping type turns, yet my current skis are 177cm.  I get that the size should come down some given the newer technology from 13 years ago when I purchased my skis but this seems pretty extreme.

post #7 of 8

Not familiar with the K2's either.  The 163 size shouldn't be a problem at HV with the shorter hills.  They will be very easy to put on edge and carve.  Should be excellent with the short turns you like and good in bumps as well.  But if you start bombing the hills you may wish for a slightly longer ski.  I probably would have suggested something in the 167-172 range for your 5' 10" size.

 

Out of curiosity, which shop did you end up buying from?  I know most of the shops in E'ville from the swaps.

 

Good luck!

 

Rick G

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Thread Starter 

I purchase at the Snow shop on Transit road near Main street in Williamsville.  Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean by "bombing" the hills?  The guy at the shop was saying the K2 Photon was made for Intermediate-Advanced skiers.  Everything on the internet I have found seems to agree with this assessment.

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