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I'm short and round needing powder skis - help please

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Hi and thanks in advance for your help.

I am short 5'8", 250lbs, high intermediate skier looking for 2-3 year old powder skis.

I ski at Bogus Basin in Idaho, all groomer slopes with a new interest in getting off trail.

I am currenlty on Rossignol S86 in 170 for the last two years and like them when skiing with my wife and kids (slower speeds).

boots: custom fitted Salomon rs mission 12's.

When the wife and kids head in for the day, the S86 take what I throw at them without complaint.

I am not a fast skier but enjoy throwing my weight into tight arcs at medium speeds on the S86's.

Last year I caught my first powder days and went face first a few time and had a few yard sales anytime I worked up some speed in the 3-10" of powder. 

There is no way I can afford new skis so I am always looking for used, 2-3 year old used/demo's.

My intent is to use these off trail, some wide open tree areas, low/medium sloped runs.

Line 100's and S3's are now coming up for sale used and abused in various places and I am wondering in I am headed in the right direction?

 

Thanks!

Jeff

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Last year I caught my first powder days and went face first a few time and had a few yard sales anytime I worked up some speed in the 3-10" of powder. 

 

Not meant to be an insult but it sounds like either the bindings are mounted further forward than they should be or you're getting your weight too far forward making the tips dive.  I rented a pair of SC87s for my son last year when he first came home from college at Christmas.  He had never been able to ski more than a couple of inches of powder on his Rossi Z3s.  We had a pretty good storm the night before, about 14-15", and he was ripping it up in the trees and in the powder.  The S86 had early rise so it should float pretty well, although nobody really floats in 3" of powder.  Nothing wrong with getting some newer skis, but if you really want to save the money, check around and see who rents or demos skis in the 90-100mm category with early rise and give them a try.  If you have the same trouble, then what you need to work on is getting centered on your skis.  If you don't have trouble, then get some newer skis.  Also, make sure your're not looking at where you think your ski tips should be.  This is one of the biggest things in teaching, getting students to not look at their skis, look at where you want to go.

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Just for reference, my brother is 2" shorter and 100 lbs lighter than you, and he skis the Prophet 100 in the 179 length whenever the snow is good. (He uses some old Salomon X-wings when it hasn't snowed for a while, though he can make those work in the soft stuff.)

 

That's not to say that a wider ski is absolutely necessary for relatively deep powder. But, it will probably be easier for you than your S86.

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