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  1. Where in the world are you skiing? 
    I live in New Zealand, where I'd only ski groomed runs, but where I would ski MOST OFTEN is in an indoor snow dome with a park, so I'd like to get good at park.
    But I also plan to ski Utah a lot (here now), Colorado, etc.
     

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
    I enjoy groomed runs, shallow powder (I'm no backcountry powder hunter (YET!) and steeps (to an extent)
    Seeing as park is the only TRUELY ACCESSIBLE year round skiing I'll be able to do, I'd like something that can go between park and all-mountain(?) comfortably, twin tip if possible.

     

  3. How many days a year do you ski?
    Currently, not much. I've only JUST established my interest in snowsports at the tender age of 18; I'm 20 now, but have snowboarded up until now. Skiing for me, is much more enjoyable.
    I will probably get 20 days in the park a year, and 10-20 on the mountain if I'm lucky.

     

  4. How advanced are you as a skier?
    Like I said, I've only just come over to skiing, primarily so I could ski at Deer Valley, UT with my girlfriend. Well, I had one lesson 3 months or so ago, since then I have skied about 10 days. I'd consider myself intermediate, you may beg to differ.
    I am a very fast learner though.

     

  5. What's your height and weight? 
    178cm , 70-75kg
    5'8" , 155-165lbs

     

 

Secondly: Are you looking for one ski to serve all purposes or are you adding a ski to your collection to fit a specific purpose? 

Yes, I'm looking for one ski to serve my listed purposes.
I cannot justify the expense of a multiple ski quiver at this stage.

I'm currently (renting) using Volkl RTM84 166cm and I find them quite enjoyable.

 

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Thanks for reading, 
 

 

 

post #2 of 17
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Bump ...

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Hi Ecko, so, you like the RTM's? 

 

That's fine if you're enjoying them and skiing groomers, but if you want something for heading off piste and in the park a bit, try the Rossignol S3, Blizzard Bushwacker, Atomic Access......

There are more but for some reason they're not coming to mind. 

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply Trekchick.


Would a true twin-tip ski be difficult to use on groomers?

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ecko View Post

Thanks for the reply Trekchick.


Would a true twin-tip ski be difficult to use on groomers?

Wellllllll, if you want a premier symmetrical  twin that will wow you, try the Kastle JamesXX ski at 90 under foot.

 

That is a sweet ski for sure, but in general, twin tips have not been known for their groomer ability.  These days, however, technology has made them much better and you may like one for all round skiing. 

 

I wasn't joking about the Kastle James ski.  wink.gif

post #6 of 17
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Why would you be joking?
Perhaps in relation to another thread I read regarding cost?

 

The Kastle James from what I've seen is about $750USD + bindings as well which seems comparable to other skis ?

 

I really like the look of that one, but doesn't seem to be offered in New Zealand. Do you know of any websites that ship internationally?

post #7 of 17

Are you still at Park City?  If you are see if there is a shop that has Nordica demos and see if you can try either the El Paco or Soul Rider.  The Soul Rider is 97mm underfoot so probably wider than you want for NZ, but it might be a good ski to demo and if you like it, the El Paco is 87mm underfoot.  Both skis have some camber so they will hold an edge on hard snow.  They might be much harder to demo but the Icelantic DaNollie(88mm) is maybe more park oriented than the Nordicas but still has camber underfoot

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Wellllllll, if you want a premier symmetrical  twin that will wow you, try the Kastle JamesXX ski at 90 under foot.

 

This ^^^^. I think several sites ship internationally, but it will cost you dearly, as in hundreds of USD. My advice would be to wait until you come to the U.S., bring a ski bag, buy these, or something like them, over here. 

post #9 of 17

The location is why I was sort of, but not really, joking.  

 

I'm not sure of anyone who ships to New Zealand.  Perhaps its a ski you could buy if you come over here.

Kastle's are really exceptional, and I'm a testimony to what a beautiful ski it is, IF you can get one over there.

 

That being said, the other skis I mentioned should be easier to find in New Zealand if you are unable to get something here to take back. 

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi MTC


I'll be here today and tomorrow - I'm actually heading in to the rental shop (to buy a camera mount) so will see if they have any of those 3 to demo..

 

Thanks for your input

 

The Kastle James, Nordica El Paco look like the best for me. I think that the Icelantic may be TOO park orientated. When I ski the mountain I rarely get the chance to park because my partner HATES it!

 

But I love park so I'd like the flexibility.

post #11 of 17
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I travel quite regularly, I'm 100% sure somebody in my family will be in the US before the next season here... I would've bought them this trip if I'd known that I'd love skiing so much and left my snowboard at home!

 

The Kastle looks beautiful... Is it really a cut above the Nordica El Paco for example? I'm a firm believer in the "Buy the right thing, no matter the cost" sort've mentality. I hate buying something then realising I'd have preferred the other option for say $200 more...

post #12 of 17
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Pretty much decided on the Kastle James XX ...

Now just need an idea of what length.

I'm tossing up the 165 and 175...


I don't really have an understanding of the mechanics of different lengths, I just ski.

 

The 166 I'm skiing at the moment seems good, but I've been told that's short for my height (178.5cm)

 

Any thoughts?

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175 all the way. icon14.gif

post #14 of 17
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175 all the way. icon14.gif


But why ?

post #15 of 17

Because of your weight and the fact that its a twin tip not a front side all mountain ski like you've been renting. 

 

Don't get me wrong, this is a great twin tip that holds up as an all mountain ski but you'll want it longer than the front side ski you've been on.  

 

Heck, I'm 5'6" 130 lbs and I'd  pick that ski  in a 165. 

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Because of your weight and the fact that its a twin tip not a front side all mountain ski like you've been renting. 

 

Don't get me wrong, this is a great twin tip that holds up as an all mountain ski but you'll want it longer than the front side ski you've been on.  

 

Heck, I'm 5'6" 130 lbs and I'd  pick that ski  in a 165. 


Okay, thanks for that.

I'm amping for this ski now. I've just gotten a reply from a dealer in the US and he's going to find out shipping costs tomorrow.

 

If it's too much I'll have to wait until Feb/March probably :\

 

Can you recommend a binding to go with it?

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Can you recommend a binding to go with it?

Ay of the usual suspect 12/13DIN bindings will work, Griffon, Look PX12, Salomon Sth12 Driver or Tyrolia Peak12. 

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