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Did I make a mistake on skis?!

post #1 of 15
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I think I effed myself.

 

I use to race in high school but took a few years off skiing(like 8 lol) then my brother moved to park city a few years back and I started going out west from michigan. I had never had wide, or rocker skis so I just went out on ebay and bought a pair of bridges. Iove that they were all mountain and I got them with bindings for under 300. NOW, here is my problem. I got too excited and bought them in a 179 because of the good deal. Money is an object to me because i went back to college to finish and I have a second child on the way. Did I get skis way to small? am I screwed" Im 32 and im a 6 ft. 215lb. weight lifter in good shape. I still love aggressive skiing, although with all the trips ive taken out west ive never had a drop of fresh snow in my life?

post #2 of 15

You could potentially have gone longer, but 179 doesn't strike me as way too small.

post #3 of 15

You'll love them! Go out and enjoy your new skis rip the trees and don't worry about it! Good price! :)

post #4 of 15

There are some models these days that don't even come any longer than 179.  A bigger person might even go with a 179 for bumps or trees these days.  You'll be fine on a 179, but go a bit longer for high speed cruising  (GS) or deep powder skis when expanding your quiver..  You'd actually want to go shorter for SL skis these days!

post #5 of 15

I agree, not too small just the shorter of your two options and depending how you like to ski might be the perfect length. The 179s will be easier to turn and the 187s would be more stable at speed or in fresh snow in the open bowls. One way to find out....ski them.

post #6 of 15
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wow, thanks guys. You respond exactly with what I was HOPING for. My brother lives in houston and he is looking into another all mountain ski. I  have seen a ton of people love the rossignal s3. Any other options out there he may like? He is 6'2'' 260(yeah big guy) and highly athletic , but he is not as aggressive skier as I am. What will work for him? He will only ski once or twice a year and it will be out west every time...

 

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We have a trip planned to vail in jan. what are the best resorts around the area? Is there a place we shouldnt miss? Its my first time in colorado...

post #7 of 15

when you say ski once/twice a year.  do you mean 2 days? or like 2 trips of longer periods?

 

If he really is only going that low number of times, I would say rent skis, especially since you will need to fly with them.  If you go to a nice shop, you can get what's the latest and greatest every year, and not worry about your skis being "wasted" in the closet.


If he is serious about skiing though, he should get boots though, a good fit on your boots will not go "obsolete" as quickly.

post #8 of 15
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We went to jackson hole last year and I had to rent skis....all they had were these tiny hour glass 170 somethings(guessing, but they were really short). It was literally hell on that mountain, those skis had zero stability and there is not many groomers on that mountain. all in all it literally ruined the trip and I am just a little worried that these skis would resemble those....even though they shouldnt. But that is why I am so worried about what I bought.

post #9 of 15
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yeah thats definitely true. We go twice a year for around four to five days skiing a per trip.

 

But thats a great idea. Thanks for opining...

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

when you say ski once/twice a year.  do you mean 2 days? or like 2 trips of longer periods?

 

If he really is only going that low number of times, I would say rent skis, especially since you will need to fly with them.  If you go to a nice shop, you can get what's the latest and greatest every year, and not worry about your skis being "wasted" in the closet.


If he is serious about skiing though, he should get boots though, a good fit on your boots will not go "obsolete" as quickly.


the last response was to you....just getting use to the site, Im a first timer for any type of ski site.

post #11 of 15

Yea, there's a trap of getting the $15 shaped ski package thinking you will be saving money but then your day is wasted if you're better than your skis.

 

Be sure to go for actual demos of retail skis you can buy, and not just a rental fleet.  You just need to be sure to find out where the nicer shop is,  whether it is a demo center on mountain, or another independent shop off mountain.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

Yea, there's a trap of getting the $15 shaped ski package thinking you will be saving money but then your day is wasted if you're better than your skis.

 

Be sure to go for actual demos of retail skis you can buy, and not just a rental fleet.  You just need to be sure to find out where the nicer shop is,  whether it is a demo center on mountain, or another independent shop off mountain.


 ha ha ha...yep, that exactly what happened. It was 80 -90 to demo or 40 bucks to rent. so I went the renting direction and it really hurt. Im glad to have a pair skis I can do it all with.

post #13 of 15

There are places in most big resort towns that rent high performance skis.....S3's, Rossi E98's, etc.  MIght be off mountain though.  You should look into it long before your trip, might be well with your while (or your brother's).  

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks bob, I think he is going to wait and just test some out there. All your opinions have been evaluated and I think its best to wait test some out and then he can wait and find a good deal Im the ones he really wants.

I appreciate all the responses guys. I love this site already, and truly appreciate your help and guidance
post #15 of 15

also, nowadays with more shops becoming internet savvy,  if you reserve your rental at least a day prior, you can often get a a significant discount (20%) as compared to walk-up rates (just like a plane ticket or rental car).  if there's specific skis you want to try, call ahead and you can find out (can always ask here for advice if you have options).

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