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Need Help! Need suggestions for new skis and new boots - Male 5'7", 130lbs

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  1. Now have year-round access to a house in Taos.  Will get 15-20 ski days in a year.

  2. Upgrading from RD Coyotes 185's and Nordica rear-entry boots from the late 80's

  3. Will be skiing 50% with family on the groomers (will ski these fairly aggressively) and 50% all mountain (bowls, trees and some steeps once I get legs back)

  4. 0-5 ski days a year the last 15 years, 35 ski days the most in one year.

  5. advanced intermediate (but learned on non-shaped skis)

  6. 5'7", 130 lbs 

 

Boots:

Would like help with new boots and skis.  Recommended the Salomon Quest 90.  Tried them on. Really comfortable, with a great fit.  Is this flex reasonable for my size and ability?  Is this a good boot?

 

Skis:

Looking for a one-quiver ski for Taos.  As stated above 50% groomers, 50% rest of the mountain.  Unsure of width needed.  Looking at Blizzard Bonafide and Bushwhacker.  After reading forums, it seems like the Bushwhacker may be the better choice, both in the 166, but then it seems that I might not like the Bushwhacker as much for carving the groomers.  I had a pair of Dynastar's a long time ago, forgot the name, but loved the ski.  Should I be looking at the Cham, and if so what width?  Any other ski I am missing?  

 

Or should I start with the boots and then start demo process.  I plan to get in to ski school for a week or so to get help adapting to new motions on fatter skis.

 

Am I thinking right that a 166 to 170 ski is the right length and that the width should be in the 85 - 90 range?

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun at Taos.  Where did you learn to ski?  I also learned on straight skis a long time ago, didn't ski much at all for decades, and have been having a great time after getting back on the slopes in recent years.  Taos is on my bucket list.

 

The idea of starting with boots and taking a little time to demo skis is certainly the best idea.  Have you skied on a shaped ski at all?  Where did you try on the Quest 90?

 

If you haven't already found them, you might get some ideas from the articles here:

 

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

post #3 of 10

Welcome to Epic.  You are right in thinking that maybe you should worry about boots first.  Boots are the most important thing you will buy for skiing so it really makes a difference to do it right.  Fortunately you will be skiing where there is an experienced boot fitter, Charles Bradley at the Boot Doctors, http://www.bootdoctors.com/taos.html  When you know the date of your first trip, make an appointment to get fitted.  In the meantime, read the wikis on the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum so you have a better understanding of what is involved.  Don't get hung up on one model just because someone Once you get boots that fit properly, demo some skis in the 90-100mm category.

 

As for skis, you are pretty close to my size.  My, daily driver is a 170cm Nordica Steadfast.  I ski the entire mountain at Red Lodge on them. They're very lightweight which would really be good for you since it makes them quick and responsive, 90mm underfoot with an early rise tip.  That's the kind of ski you should be looking at and its just one of several excellent skis with that general description, including the Bushwacker.

 

Good luck and let know how it all goes.

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun at Taos.  Where did you learn to ski?  I also learned on straight skis a long time ago, didn't ski much at all for decades, and have been having a great time after getting back on the slopes in recent years.  Taos is on my bucket list.

 

The idea of starting with boots and taking a little time to demo skis is certainly the best idea.  Have you skied on a shaped ski at all?  Where did you try on the Quest 90?


 

I learned in New Mexico, but have skied all over the US Rockies.  I have been on shaped skis four or five times, but never got the wow factor.  Tried the Quest boots in DFW area at 80 degrees.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Welcome to Epic.  You are right in thinking that maybe you should worry about boots first.  Boots are the most important thing you will buy for skiing so it really makes a difference to do it right.  Fortunately you will be skiing where there is an experienced boot fitter, Charles Bradley at the Boot Doctors, http://www.bootdoctors.com/taos.html  When you know the date of your first trip, make an appointment to get fitted.  In the meantime, read the wikis on the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum so you have a better understanding of what is involved.  Don't get hung up on one model just because someone Once you get boots that fit properly, demo some skis in the 90-100mm category.

 

As for skis, you are pretty close to my size.  My, daily driver is a 170cm Nordica Steadfast.  I ski the entire mountain at Red Lodge on them. They're very lightweight which would really be good for you since it makes them quick and responsive, 90mm underfoot with an early rise tip.  That's the kind of ski you should be looking at and its just one of several excellent skis with that general description, including the Bushwacker.

 

Good luck and let know how it all goes.

 

Great advice, thanks for the information.  I have been wondering if I should wait until I get up to Taos and go to the Boot Doctors.  That seems to make the most sense.  As for the skis, I have always been sensitive to ski weight, preferring a lighter ski, so I will definitely give the Steadfast a ride.  

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 Hi and welcome, if your very weight sensitive with your skis, you might consider some of the womens advanced skis as they tend to be lighter. They don't all come in pink with butterfles!!!

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Sounds like you were a better skier on straight skis than I was.  I only skied for a couple seasons as a kid.  Wasn't really doing parallel turns quite yet.  Mostly stem-christie unless the terrain was just right.  So changing to shaped skis was easy since I had a shoulder-width stance any way.  I was essentially able to do "parallel" turns my first run on shaped skis without even thinking about it.  I've heard that it's definitely helpful to have a few lessons during the transition.

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I learned in New Mexico, but have skied all over the US Rockies.  I have been on shaped skis four or five times, but never got the wow factor.  Tried the Quest boots in DFW area at 80 degrees.

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

 

As for skis, you are pretty close to my size.  My, daily driver is a 170cm Nordica Steadfast.

Hey mtcyclist. What size are you, exactly? See below for why I ask.

 

ckdallas, I am 5' 7", 135lbs (closer to 130 during the heart of bike season). So I am more or less EXACTLY your size, for what that's worth. (There are a lot of other factors in ski choice, but because there is a very strong default assumption on this board and in the ski press that the "average" skier is a guy who's 5' 11" and weighs 50lbs more than we do, you are absolutely right to point out your height and weight as an important consideration.) I am about to hit my 50th, am a reasonably strong skier (level 8 +/-), ski mostly on the east coast, but take a trip out west every winter. I'm chiming in here not because I'm a ski pro in any way, but because I'm a member of your size peer group, and you may not hear from many of us.

 

I know I am an outlier here on Epic but I feel duty bound to report that I and a friend - who is also the exact same size -  spent a day on the Hell and Back and Steadfast, respectively, in firm, chalky conditions at Vail last winter. I was on the 169 H&B. He was on the 170 Steadfast. Both of us felt that they were really nice, solid, carvy, smooth skis on the groomed, but were just too beefy for us off piste, especially in bumps. Again, this was just our take; lots of people on this board love these skis.

 

The Bushwhacker is a good choice, I'm sure, based on opinion here. I haven't skied it myself. If you wanted to go with something a bit wider, more soft-snow oriented, and very easy going for someone coming off of straight skis, the Rossi S3 might be worth a demo. If you're going to be making Taos your home base, I'm guessing that your "50% groomed figure" is going to go down after a couple months, and you are going to be looking for a powder & crud cheater. The S3 or something similar might serve you better in that regard than the Bushwacker, in terms of width and increased rocker. Just a thought. You should definitely demo. Even though you are a newbie to the "new" ski designs, you will definitely find skis that "sit naturally" with you and other that don't.

 

Most important thing to remember is to have fun with the mission. You're not replacing worn tires for the spouse's soccer van; you're exploring an activity that you love. So it's all good.

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ckdallas:  if you look to the right of Post #1, I added Tags for the skis mentioned so far.  Click on the links to go look at the EpicSki info page for that ski.  Scroll down to find links for other relevant threads.

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I'm 5'7", 145 pounds, although during serious mountain biking season that drops to about 140.  I'm 68 and don't really want to stick a number on my ability, but it is probably 8.  I ski everything at Red Lodge Mountain but prefer trees to anything else.  I ski probably 75-80% off-piste, using groomers principally early in the season, for doing drills and to get to the lifts.  Sure there are better bump skis than the Steadfast, but it is a ski that can pretty much do it all, except park probably.  Light, quick and fun.

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