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Which skis to demo?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi all - new here,

Hoping to get some recommendations for skis to demo during a week's trip to Alta this December.  Here's the spec:

 

  • Began skiing at the beginning of last season; skied about 25 days (mainly PCMR).  Addicted.
  • Expect to be skiing 20-25 days a season for the foreseeable future - mainly Utah as it's the easiest place for me to reach.
  • Would classify myself as a solid intermediate now, confident on any blue and on the easier blacks - and learning quickly.
  • Have so far skied mostly groomers and just a little in bumps and trees - would like to do more.  No interest in the park.
  • Not aggressive, not conservative, somewhere in the middle.
  • 5'10" 135 lbs, finesse rather than power skier...


I've been using rental boots and skis up to now.  Already have my first morning in Alta set aside for boot fitting and purchase - that's really my priority.  Still, thought I'd take the opportunity to try something other than the stock rental skis while I was there.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

PW

post #2 of 11

how about some lessons?

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I've taken lessons almost every day I've skied.  Plan to continue doing so!

 

PW

post #4 of 11

I suggest trying something in the 90-100mm range with early rise and camber.  There are several companies that make skis like that, Nordica, Blizzard, Line, K2, Volkl.  What to demo will largely be a function of what is available where you happen to be skiing,  You're taller than I am and I'm a few pounds heavier.  I ski Nordica Steadfasts, 90mm, as my usual ski.  It's lightweight, carves well, great in the trees, fine in bumps and I've used it in about 18-20" of powder.  It's bigger brother is the Hell and Back at 98mm.  If either of those is available try one.

 

Welcome to Epic and you made a very wise decision to concentrate on boots first.  I highly recommend Brent Amsbury in Park City.

post #5 of 11

Sounds like a great start, boots and lessons..  Good job.  What to rent? Just like he said^  that's gonna depend on what you are skiing on and what's available.  a bunch of what to demo threads here so check a few out.  lots of ski's to try.  Cheers

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks for the suggestions.

I've gone over several of the other demo threads, but I'm concerned that some of the recommendations in them may not really be suitable for an intermediate who weighs 135 lbs.

General parameters like mtcyclist's "90-100mm range with early rise and camber" are a great help!  What about length?  Am I in the right ballpark with 160-170 cm or thereabouts?

PW

post #7 of 11

160-170 is fine for a traditional ski, but if you're looking at a wider ski I think you should get one with some early rise which will make the ski seem shorter because the running length is a bit less.  I'm 5'7" and use 170cm Nordica Steadfasts.  My traditional skis are 163 and 161.  For a ski with early rise, you should be considering something much closer to 180.  If you get something short, you will likely have to replace it next year because it will be too short.

post #8 of 11

What skis to demo?  ALL OF THEM!  MOAR SKIZ PLEEZ.

 

I love demo'ing skis.  And I find that the guy behind the counter is pretty good at matching skis with the skier when you tell him what kind of skier you are.  

Think less.  ski more.  form your own opinions from the skiing.

And have fun, bro.

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by river-z View Post

What skis to demo?  ALL OF THEM!  MOAR SKIZ PLEEZ.

 

I love demo'ing skis.  And I find that the guy behind the counter is pretty good at matching skis with the skier when you tell him what kind of skier you are.  

Think less.  ski more.  form your own opinions from the skiing.

And have fun, bro.

 

Try that at Sports Authority and see what you end up with.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

 

Try that at Sports Authority and see what you end up with.

 

But if you do it on-mountain with one of those packages where they let you swap your skis out for new ones a couple times during the day it's awesome

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks - it will be on-mountain, so that's good advice.

 

PW
 

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