Hello, all. My daughter has outgrown here skis so we are handing down my sons equipment to her and getting him so new stuff.
First off when we were buying kid related gear we were told that it didn't matter what brand you bought and that all kid gear was the same unless it was race stock. I have been told that in adult gear all beginner and intermediate gear is the same between manufactures and it's not until we get to the Advaced/Expert level of equipment that we see differences in performance from brand to another within a skis given discipline IE carving ski, all mtn, powder. Is this true? If so I could chose by price and or graphic scme and that would be it. I have also heard that there is really no such thing as a beginner ski as all beginner skiers ski on intermediate ski. Is this true?I found this to be the case on Fischers web site were they rank ability from 1 to 10 and the lowest rated ski I could find was a level 4.
So I have 3 ski shops within 10 min from work. I have been to all three and between them all I can get most major brands. 1 of the three lists prices online. I also have a plethora of big box sporting goods stores to choose from, which I think is all right for skis but not boots.
My son is 13 he is 5ft 5inches 125lbs. He has taken lessons for four years. He is not a typical teen skier in that he has absolutely no interest in terrain parks, racing, moguls ect.. he does enjoy skiing but he is very timid. He skis at medium pace which is to say faster than a beginner. He will ski a steep pitch if its around 50 - 75 ft but he won't do steep runs. I would say he skis a medium radius. He hasn't learned short radius and he doesn't ski fast gs turns, but his turn do look parallel. The last level he passed was CSIA Adventure 2 which according to there description puts him at an intermediate level.His goals for that level were to 1.Initiate the turn with both skis. 2. Balance on the edges of the skis towars the end of the turns. 3. Controls speed and maintains turn shape. 4. Demonstrates timing and coordination of the pole plant. So he has achieved these goals.
I went to all the ski manufactures web sites and I plugged in the info to the best of my knowledge and this is what I came up with. All with in 150 to 156 cm
Blizzard Magnum 7.4
Volkle RTM 75
Rossignol Pursuit 12 TI Xelium
Rossignol Experience 76
Dynastar Outland 75
Head Rev 75
Fischer Progressor 700
Fischer Progressor 800
Fischer Motive X
Atomic Nomad Colt
Atomic D2V F 73
Elan Waveflex 8
Price wise they are all within a couple of hundred dollars but if I were to buy on price alone I can get The Dynastars for 399.99 and Rossignol Experience 76 for 449.99 after that most are in the 499.99 to 599.99 range.
We ski at our home hill in which has just under 400 ft vertical and it's often icy. We ski Tremblant once or twice a year, and Bromont Qc once or twice a year. This year we are going to Vt and are skiing at Smugglers Notch. I don't see us heading west anytime soon though I would love to.
So hopefully I was able to provide enough info to get some good recommendations. It seems these skis are all pretty close waist wise and they are relatively similar in price. So I guess what I'm asking is at this level is there one ski better that the other for what we want to do? A stand out in the crowd. Is there a ski I can take off the list so I can shorten my list? Should I add something to my list?
Thanks for the help.