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please help me pick a 2nd ski for 25% of my skiing, east coast

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Hello all, great site here - I'm a long time lurker, but I only have a couple posts to my name.  Note: not because I'm shy but rather because most of my quesions have been asked and answered.

Anyway, here's my deal...

 

5'11", 175 lbs

I was a decent racer (for the Maine puclic high school circuit anyway) many years ago (I'm now 39).  I'm no longer a hard charger but my comfort zone is high speed (relative to most eastern resort skiers) groomer/refrozen crust runs.  Carving = second nature to me.  So, my current primary set-up is just about ideal for me:

Lange Comp (R12 shell)

Head Magnum (177cm)

 

However, my kids (7 and 5) are now learning to ski and the magnum is not necessary or appreciated when I'm with them.  Also, on the days when we do get some new show or when decent bump runs emerge in the weeks after a big dump the Magnums are not so much fun.  Note, I enjoy bumps but I'm only so-so in them.  I'm pretty nimble at moderate speeds through bumps but too much speed and I tend to get in the back seat.  The magnums are really no fun for me when I'm going too fast and parked in the back seat on your typical east coast icy-between-frozen-mounds bump runs.  Also they are work in anything above the boot tops.

 

I think MY ideal 2nd ski needs to handle the folloiwing conditions where I'm not totally happy with the magnum:

1. Heavyish cut up crud after a storm

2. spring slop

3. bumps

4. dinking around with the kids on blue/green terrain

This will be a front-side ski, just one designed for soft snow and easy going applicaitons.  I know I don't want a power carver like the AC50 or Head Titan.  I'm also guessing it will be used for about 20-30 percent of my ski days (depending on the weather obviously).  I might take it into the glades 1-2 days a year (Whiteface/Killington/Gore) but it does not need to excel there.  The stars almost never align for me to get a real powder day so I don't need anything over 90mm.

 

I am looking for a used ski deal, so although the 2013 stuff may be perfect, I'm not interested.

How does this short list look, and what am I missing?

 

Kastle LX82 (180 ?)

Dynastar Sultan 85 (178 ?)

Dynastar Legend 8000 (178 ?)

K2 Rictor (181 ?)

 

THANKS A TON IN ADVANCE! 

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Kastle LX82 (180 ?)

Dynastar Sultan 85 (178 ?)

Dynastar Legend 8000 (178 ?)

K2 Rictor (181 ?)

 

 

I would cross the Legend 8000 off my list, unless you really are a sidecut hater ... which you're probably not if you're on a Magnum. The 8000 was a great ski but is now n-minus-2 in its niche at Dynastar. The Sultan has a similar "feel" in its flex, and is widely available for reasonable prices, since they apparently made a lot of them over 3 years and the model is now n-1 itself. It carves much better than the 8000, is still great in bumps, and is very mellow without being a pushover. I haven't been on the other two.

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I'd also modify the list by replacing the LX 82 with the FX 84 or even 94. The LX is more of a carver than the FX, which I have in the 94, and use for exactly your list (I still do masters racing and am on those skis for 90% of my skiing). I had them late last season at Sugarloaf and they was great in bumps, some light new snow, thin cover and lots of crud and even some mud.

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I'd go bigger. At first I was thinking of teh Kastle FX94 because I have a pair and they rip, but you might want a bit of rocker to make smearing around even easier and bring up the fun factor in the woods. I'd look at a Kastle BMX98 or Volkl Bridge or something along those lines.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for taking the time to respond.  All valuable and appreciated input.  Keep it coming!

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I think MY ideal 2nd ski needs to handle the folloiwing conditions where I'm not totally happy with the magnum:

1. Heavyish cut up crud after a storm

2. spring slop

3. bumps

4. dinking around with the kids on blue/green terrain

This will be a front-side ski, just one designed for soft snow and easy going applicaitons. I know I don't want a power carver like the AC50 or Head Titan. I'm also guessing it will be used for about 20-30 percent of my ski days (depending on the weather obviously). I might take it into the glades 1-2 days a year (Whiteface/Killington/Gore) but it does not need to excel there. The stars almost never align for me to get a real powder day so I don't need anything over 90mm.

 

Mully: The stars have aligned for you.  The Rossi S3 is your ski. Rocker tip and tail, medium wide, very light.  Fantastic in crud, slush, corn, powder.   And in bumps and glades, it rotates so easily it's sinful.  This ski doesn't like to go fast on groomers, it doesn't need to, your other skiis will do that.   Adjust your width expecatations, all skiis are getting wider.  I think the S3's are 95 under foot.  You will not be dissapointed.  They have been around for a while, you can get a lightly used premium pair for cheap.

 

This ski handles so easily, in this years SKI magazine test they put it under women's skiis.  Yet they will not let you down in crazy snow conditions found in the east.  They will make a pleasure out of conditions that used to bum you out, like cut up settled crud.  You will now demolish that stuff, have fun. 

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