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Skis for first season of racing - will any of these work? -> Kastle MX88 / Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous Ti / Atomic Beta Race 9.20

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So I'm thinking of doing the Mammoth Masters program this season as a way to improve my all mountain and off piste skiing (see another thread I posted in the training forum) - a whole season of coaching with continuity sounds great. I have never been on a race course before (yes I'm aware I have to try out for the program - I'll do some training with an instructor during November). My goal is to improve my own skiing, not to be competitive against other people. If I get bitten by the bug then I'll go buy skis. But if it's possible to learn and improve my skiing on what I already own that would be great.

 

Will any of the following three skis I already own work for the first season, or do I really need to just pony up and go buy race specific skis? As for boots I have Lange RS130's and Dodge carbon fiber boots, so I think I have that covered.

 

Me: 6'0 170 lbs, 35 y/o male

 

1 - Kastle MX 88, 178 cm, 20 m radius

2 - Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous Ti - 78 mm waist, 170 cm length, 16 m radius

3 - Atomic Beta Race 9.20 170 cm (15 year old GSskis sitting in my locker, but I bought them new many years ago and put maybe 10 days on them)

 

Thanks for the feedback.

post #2 of 8

I think you'll be better off asking your new teammates if they have any old skis for sale...
 

I mean you can def ski those but if you want to be competitive, not a chance. They are too short for GS (length and radius) and too long for SL...

post #3 of 8
None of these will work in a slalom course. Initially you could probably getaway with the Mx in a gs course but realistically you would be better getting a used gs ski and a slalom ski which will also help you make more progress in your goals. I have a pair of 183 atomic gs posted somewhere on gear swap somewhere. Also got anew pair of 183 Fischer gs available really cheap. Some of the mammoth guys will also have some gear available.

Oh and you have a great start with dodge boots!
post #4 of 8

You will likely find that you are enjoying yourself immensely and want a race stick for your preferred discipline.  I bought a GS ski first.  Then a SG ski that I use for SG and DH.  Recently bought a slalom ski.  Next will probably be a DH ski.  All used.

 

Used race skis are CHEAP and often well tuned and FAST, having been waxed many, many times.  Keep an eye on the gear for sale here on Epic. Scotsskier sold me 2 of those pair, his stuff is better than he describes and more than fairly priced.

post #5 of 8

Looks like you easily have the boots covered. In order to safely train on real Masters Courses you really need at the least cheater GS skis (work up to Race Stock) and consumer SL skis (again you can work up to Race Stock). Thankfully you can pick up lightly used race skis for reasonable prices. I will be training Masters at Copper Mountain again this season. Good luck with this years training.
 

post #6 of 8

ScotsSkier posted ahead of me and JMD after me....I'm skiing on both of their used skis. 

 

Hi JMD, looking forward to meeting up with you and ScotsSkier for some turns. 

 

I think used skis are one of the biggest bargains in skiing, right there with seasons passes.  Used boots on the other hand....sounds like the OP has that covered.

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Originally Posted by Snowfan View Post...Scotsskier sold me 2 of those pair, his stuff is better than he describes and more than fairly priced.

 

 

I noticed that could be misunderstood.   What I meant is, his prices are excellent.

post #8 of 8
it would best if you could get a used pair of current race skis. Softer would be easier to start with.
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