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Help choosing the right all mountain skis for me!

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Hey guys, I just thought I would come to the forums to maybe get some opinions/guidance on choosing a new pair of all mountain skis.  I mainly ski in PA (so icy, cruddy conditions) but I also make a couple of trips up to Vermont, and one trip somewhere out west (whistler etc.).  So I'm looking for a ski that can do it all.  I am a Advanced-Expert skier (Currently working on dropping some larger cliffs, and getting more confident in the trees).  So I tend to lean more towards side country type skiing (when I can get it).  I am 15 years old and about 5' 6" (165-170 ski) and weigh around 110 pounds.  I'm looking for something maybe a little more playful but something that can still charge down groomers when the time arises.  So far The models I have been looking at are the Blizzard Bonafide, Salomon Rocker2 90, Atomic threory, and the Line Prophet 85, and 90.  It would be awesome if you guys could kind of steer me in the right direction here on what you think would be best for me.

         Thank you, Josh

post #2 of 9

The Salomon Rocker2 90 and the Atomic Theory are both FANTASTIC skis, can't go wrong either way there. They grip the ice down here in NC pretty well

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Sounds like you've been skiing since you could walk.  Lucky dog!  Do you have a home mountain in PA?

 

You might focus more on skis for east coast conditions.  I know I'd rather rent powder skis if I'm lucky enough to hit a powder dump out west even though I take my all-mountain skis with me on the plane.

 

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Hey guys, I just thought I would come to the forums to maybe get some opinions/guidance on choosing a new pair of all mountain skis.  I mainly ski in PA (so icy, cruddy conditions) but I also make a couple of trips up to Vermont, and one trip somewhere out west (whistler etc.).  So I'm looking for a ski that can do it all.  I am a Advanced-Expert skier (Currently working on dropping some larger cliffs, and getting more confident in the trees).  So I tend to lean more towards side country type skiing (when I can get it).  I am 15 years old and about 5' 6" (165-170 ski) and weigh around 110 pounds.  I'm looking for something maybe a little more playful but something that can still charge down groomers when the time arises.  So far The models I have been looking at are the Blizzard Bonafide, Salomon Rocker2 90, Atomic threory, and the Line Prophet 85, and 90.  It would be awesome if you guys could kind of steer me in the right direction here on what you think would be best for me.

         Thank you, Josh

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Hey guys, I just thought I would come to the forums to maybe get some opinions/guidance on choosing a new pair of all mountain skis.  I mainly ski in PA (so icy, cruddy conditions) but I also make a couple of trips up to Vermont, and one trip somewhere out west (whistler etc.).  So I'm looking for a ski that can do it all.  I am a Advanced-Expert skier (Currently working on dropping some larger cliffs, and getting more confident in the trees).  So I tend to lean more towards side country type skiing (when I can get it).  I am 15 years old and about 5' 6" (165-170 ski) and weigh around 110 pounds.  I'm looking for something maybe a little more playful but something that can still charge down groomers when the time arises.  So far The models I have been looking at are the Blizzard Bonafide, Salomon Rocker2 90, Atomic threory, and the Line Prophet 85, and 90.  It would be awesome if you guys could kind of steer me in the right direction here on what you think would be best for me.

         Thank you, Josh

That is a nice class of skis you're looking at there.  In all honesty, my favorite of the bunch is the Bonafide, which won't surprise anyone here, because it has fantastic edge grip, for its size and is a great explorer.

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That is a nice class of skis you're looking at there.  In all honesty, my favorite of the bunch is the Bonafide, which won't surprise anyone here, because it has fantastic edge grip, for its size and is a great explorer.

Yeah, I think I'm mainly leaning towards either the Bonafide or Rocker2 90.  My only concern about the Bonafide is that it will be a bit too much ski for me to easily handle outside of the groomers, kind of like me riding on a Volkl Mantra.  Am I completely wrong?  Is it actually not as bad as I think it will be?  

 

On the other hand I think that the Rocker2 won't be quite enough ski, and I may out ski it a bit.  (thats probably all in my head though)  

It's hard to really tell because the only bought skis I have used are a pair of Kastle fx74's, which charge on groomers, but are nothing like an all mountain ski.  

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Yeah, I think I'm mainly leaning towards either the Bonafide or Rocker2 90.  My only concern about the Bonafide is that it will be a bit too much ski for me to easily handle outside of the groomers, kind of like me riding on a Volkl Mantra.  Am I completely wrong?  Is it actually not as bad as I think it will be?  

 

On the other hand I think that the Rocker2 won't be quite enough ski, and I may out ski it a bit.  (thats probably all in my head though)  

It's hard to really tell because the only bought skis I have used are a pair of Kastle fx74's, which charge on groomers, but are nothing like an all mountain ski.  

The Bonafide may be a little much for your size.

Are you set for a growth spurt any time soon? wink.gif

 

Have you considered the Bushwacker instead of the Bonafide?  

 

At 5'6" 110 lbs, skiing mostly in PA, the Bushwacker is more suitable for you than the Bonafide. 

 

As an example, I'm 5'6" 130 lbs and ski the Samba(women's version of the Bonafide, with one less layer of metal) in a 166cm length. 

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Originally Posted by JoshA View Post

Yeah, I think I'm mainly leaning towards either the Bonafide or Rocker2 90.  My only concern about the Bonafide is that it will be a bit too much ski for me to easily handle outside of the groomers, kind of like me riding on a Volkl Mantra.  Am I completely wrong?  Is it actually not as bad as I think it will be?  

 

On the other hand I think that the Rocker2 won't be quite enough ski, and I may out ski it a bit.  (thats probably all in my head though)  

It's hard to really tell because the only bought skis I have used are a pair of Kastle fx74's, which charge on groomers, but are nothing like an all mountain ski.  

 

While not nearly as stiff as a Mantra, the Bonafide may in fact be a bit much for your weight. OTH, the R2-90 is a superb ski (especially for it's price) and I can't imagine anyone under at least 150-160# outskiing it.

 

SJ

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Thanks for your post, it helped alot.  I definitely think I am going to go for the Rocker2 90.  My gut just tells me to go for that one.  Not to mention that since I work at a ski shop I get discounts on Salomon, but not Blizzard. smile.gif.  Thanks everyone who replied for the help, I know you guys probably get a crap ton of threads like these.

post #9 of 9

Have you tought about the Kabookie? Same ski as the Bonafide without the metal... I demoed them last year and loved them!!!

 

http://www.blizzard-ski.com/ca-en/products/detail/product/show/kabookie.html

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