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So last year I took the plunge and got some ski boots (technica something or other-- I think possibly these: http://www.evo.com/outlet/alpine-ski-boots/tecnica-phoenix-14-hvl-2012.aspx#image=45385.Color.Hardgoods_TransSolarRedBlack_Image.jpg ).  This year, Ive decided to grab some skis to complete the set.

 

I live on the east coast and do a lot of the DC Metro area slopes, but about once a year we head out to SLC and hit up the slopes out there.  Id say im intermediate... normally we do double black stuff, but I sometimes have trouble with moguls.  I still turn with my ankle but Im learning to do it by shifting my weight.  Im kind of looking for something that will be a good all-around ski-- handles groomed decently, but can do off- trail and powder as well.

 

Im kind of hoping to keep it in the $300 range, and really have no idea to look for.  Obviously it doesnt need to be the best thing ever-- I have been happy skiing on rentals, so Im not sure how picky it makes sense to be.  If possible, included bindings would be nice, but Im not sure whether thats realistic or not.

 

Im 6'7 and around 210 lbs, and I believe ive been doing 180-190 length rentals, so Id probably want around 190s.


Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Welcome. Wow your tall! I'm not sure I would call someone mainly skiing double blacks as intermediate unless your area has very sympatheticly graded runs!

 When you want a ski to do everything you will compromise somewhere. Whats the split on groomed vs off piste? Ifyour mainly skiing groomers you might consider the head titans, 78mm underfoot but with nice big shovels at the front to cope with crud, not sure how long they go tho, I tried them last year and enjoyed them, great for carving. But in powder someone your build unless technically very proficient would need to rent wider skis for those days.

 If the split is more off than on then you want something else entirely and I don't have enough experience to comment but you've come to the right place there are a lot of passionate skiers on here willing to share their experience and I'm sure someone else will have more ideas for you.

 You may well need to look at second hand skis with your budget unless you get very lucky.

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John,

 

I am 6'3 275 lbs. While I am obvious heavier than you, I may be able to help. I was in a similar situation at a similar skill level a couple of years ago. I ended up buying Blizzard's The One all mountain skis. I love them. While they are a little soft for my size, they are great fun and I ski with a lot of confidence on them. Blizzard is no longer manufacturing them, but at your price range you will be looking used anyway. At your height I would look at the 184's. That is what I have. You would probably be better off with something around 190 in length but they were made with the largest size being 184. Here is a link with more info. Hope that helps.

 

http://www.skinet.com/skiing/products/gear/blizzard-one-iq-max-2012

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So last year I took the plunge and got some ski boots (technica something or other-- I think possibly these: http://www.evo.com/outlet/alpine-ski-boots/tecnica-phoenix-14-hvl-2012.aspx#image=45385.Color.Hardgoods_TransSolarRedBlack_Image.jpg ).  This year, Ive decided to grab some skis to complete the set.

 

I live on the east coast and do a lot of the DC Metro area slopes, but about once a year we head out to SLC and hit up the slopes out there.  Id say im intermediate... normally we do double black stuff, but I sometimes have trouble with moguls.  I still turn with my ankle but Im learning to do it by shifting my weight.  Im kind of looking for something that will be a good all-around ski-- handles groomed decently, but can do off- trail and powder as well.

 

Im kind of hoping to keep it in the $300 range, and really have no idea to look for.  Obviously it doesnt need to be the best thing ever-- I have been happy skiing on rentals, so Im not sure how picky it makes sense to be.  If possible, included bindings would be nice, but Im not sure whether thats realistic or not.

 

Im 6'7 and around 210 lbs, and I believe ive been doing 180-190 length rentals, so Id probably want around 190s.


Does anyone have any recommendations?

Welcome to EpicSki!  What's your favorite place near SLC?  Do you ski blacks out there?  Since green/lbue/black ratings are relative to a mountain only, helps to know what mountain you're talking about.  A black anywhere near DC is more like a very short blue out west.

 

$300 will be tough.  $400-500 is possible if you get lucky on used skis.  Unfortunately, you've missed the ski swaps in the DC area.  There is one at Wintergreen on Black Friday is you are willing to take a drive.  The annual swap benefits the Wintergreen Volunteer Ski Patrol.

 

There are some good articles about buying equipment here:

http://www.epicski.com/atype/9/First_Run

 

Recently a man who is 6'3", 200 pounds looking for his first skis ended up with some that are 80 underfoot and 177cm long.  You might get some ideas from his thread.  He skis in NC.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114626/intermediate-skier-needs-help-with-gear-selection#post_1503161

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You might want to watch this thread and see if the OP still has any remaining demo stock -- http://www.epicski.com/t/111665/selling-all-my-2011-2012-demos.  It's an older thread so they may all be gone.  But there seem to be several longer skis listed.  And he may be able to tell you which, if any, might be suitable for your skill level.

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All, thanks for the replies.  Regarding skill level / areas I like to ski-- We do Liberty / snowshoe several times, and I have fun zooming down over the bumps and crud and anything else, but I also love SLC-- i think Snowbird is my favorite.  Yes, we do double-blacks, but usually that rating is because of being more off-trail than because of high difficulty.  I cannot do any of the double blacks at Park City, for example, but can decently handle most of the blacks and some doubles at snowbird with an occasional tumble.  Other slopes where I do black+ are solitude, alta, etc-- everything in that canyon, as well as basically everything at sundance (with one or two exceptions).  Moguls give me a bit of a hard time, and as I said Im relearning to turn the proper way rather than throwing my weight around.

 

I honestly cant give a good split on what I ski-- I love everything and dont think I have a preference other than that the ski I get allow me to handle everything.  I guess whats helpful is if people just post what they would choose for a first time "everything" ski, and why-- like some of you did.

Thanks for the responses so far, and thanks for the tip vickieh.

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Sounds you have had a great time on rental skis!  How did things change with your own boots?

 

If you haven't already, check out this article about 2011 models.  Quite a few are still around.  Might give you more specific ideas.  I think once you pick a few, may be easier to get feedback from others.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/2011-mid-fat-ski-reviews-by-dawgcatching

 

For what it's worth, although I take my all-mountain skis with me when I fly out west, I also plan to rent demos if I'm lucky enough to catch a powder dump.  Meaning more than about 6 inches.  I have skis that are relatively narrow for mid-fats, but they have a wide shovel.  Since I'm petite, I get enough float as long as there is less than 10 inches of powder off trail.  I love powder but am not a hard charger.

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