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Getting Back into it and Looking for a Solid East-Cost Ski/Binding Guidance

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After beginning my life as a skier then becoming a snowboarder during my "punk" teenage years, I've decided that it is time to go back to skiing (I've always been a better skier than snowboarder). That, and all my friends ski and I'm sick of being that last one down the hill or fearful of losing an edge on ice.

 

Long story short, I used my buddy's 177 Volkl Mantra's for a few hours at Whiteface with no problem last year and then demoed a pair of 173 Bilizzard Bushwackers while at Bristol Mountain near Rochester, NY. I liked them both, but considering I'm about to drop a lot of loot on what I'm hoping to by my 1 ski quiver and after some reading, I'm between the above, along with the Kendo and Bonafide.

 

I'm 5'9" 185 pounds and will probably do most of my skiing on groomers followed by crud except for weekend trips to either Whiteface and other places in Vermont and the Northeast. I'm not advanced by any means, but I know that after half a year, I want to get a ski that I won't get bored with once my ability picks up again. I've already purchased a pair of Lange Blaster 90 boots so I'm looking for the portion that I will actually ski on and then, of course, connect to my boot. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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I grew up skiing Bristol, but have moved west. The kendo will be a great ski if you plan on doing most of your skiing in upstate NY. If you plan to get down into vermont or make a trip out west, get the mantra. They are the same ski except the mantra is 1cm wider. Volkl's are great skis for the east coast, but they will make you work for it. The mantra is a legend, you cannot go wrong with that ski as long as you can keep up.  I am not familiar with this year's Blizzard offerings, but from past experience I am sure they are also great. For a binding, anything with a DIN at least 11 will be durable enough to last as long as the ski does.
 

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