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I need some help in deciding what my next pair of skis should be. I got permission from the wife to get a new set for next season, so I'm going to try demo-ing a few skis this season. About me: 5'9" 175lbs (hopefully going down a bit!) I am proficient on blues and single blacks at Taos, NM. I am wanting to really improve the next few seasons and become proficient on the whole mountain. My wife and I are moving to Denver next year and will likely be skiing A-Basin. I have never gotten to ski more than 8-10 days a year living in Oklahoma, so I'm excited about getting to consistently ski more and hopefully make that leap in improvement.

 

My current quiver consists of a Volkl Ledge, and Fischer Progressor 700. I am wanting to get a ski that handle Colorado a little better. I have been looking at the Kastle BMX 98, Stockli SR 95, and Volkl Mantra. I really am looking for a ski that allows me to get into the next level of skier, but won't have a mind of it's own. I have enjoyed rocker in skis, and lean towards a tip rocker with some camber. I do fine in most everything except trees, but as stated before, I am really wanting to improve and not be scared to take on some of the more expert terrain. I also have a family, so a portion of the day is spent on greens with my kids. The Ledge's do a good job of being a slower ski, but it'd be nice not have to go back to the car and switch midday.

 

I am open to any and all suggestions, but have always liked the Kastle brand and their quality of skis.

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There are some great 98mm skis to test.

 

Blizzard Bonafide

Rossignol Experience 98

Kastle BMX98

Line Prophet 98

Nordica Hell & Back

 

If you can't find a ski in that group that you like, consider bowling as a sport. wink.gif

 

If you are skiing just 10 days a year and have to travel for all of your skiing, you might just want to consider just demoing and NOT buying skis.There are lots of placed that have very good high performance rentals and demos for about $50.00/day It will take you 2 years to pay off a $1,000 gear set up , let alone the $100.00 you will be paying for baggage each of your 2-3 trips/yr (unless you sly Southwest). Plus if you go out and it is a "dry" trip, demo something narrower, if it is a powder day, demo a powder ski, it can open up options.

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If he loses any more weight, will it be hard for him to drive those skis?

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About me: 5'9" 175lbs (hopefully going down a bit!)

I resemble this remark!

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If he loses any more weight, will it be hard for him to drive those skis?

 

Not unless he loses 40 more pounds.

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I resemble this remark!

Yeah, it's not so much an issue being at 175lbs, it's the issue of being at 175lbs and not in good shape. :/

 

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There are some great 98mm skis to test.

 

Blizzard Bonafide

Rossignol Experience 98

Kastle BMX98

Line Prophet 98

Nordica Hell & Back

 

If you can't find a ski in that group that you like, consider bowling as a sport. wink.gif

 

If you are skiing just 10 days a year and have to travel for all of your skiing, you might just want to consider just demoing and NOT buying skis.There are lots of placed that have very good high performance rentals and demos for about $50.00/day It will take you 2 years to pay off a $1,000 gear set up , let alone the $100.00 you will be paying for baggage each of your 2-3 trips/yr (unless you sly Southwest). Plus if you go out and it is a "dry" trip, demo something narrower, if it is a powder day, demo a powder ski, it can open up options.

Yeah, those number of days skiing will go up upon moving to Denver. :) I'm hoping to get somewhere around 25-30 days a season. 

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I do agree all of those skis the guy suggested are great skis but all have metal in the and may be a little much for an intermediate skier. I would think the expierence 88 would be a nice choice. The atomic theory would also be a fine choice and a little fatter under foot.
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I do agree all of those skis the guy suggested are great skis but all have metal in the and may be a little much for an intermediate skier. 

 

Incorrect.  The Nordica Hell & Back does not have metal in it, except for the edges.    I could be wrong but I believe that is true for all the skis in the Hell & Back series.

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