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Expanding Horizons. Need New Ski Advice!

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

I'm looking for advice as to what type of skis I should purchase.  The issue is.. I'm not really sure how good of a skier I am.  I'm from Ontario Canada, and the tallest "mountain" even remotely close to me is under 1000 feet.  I've been skiing for almost 20 years and have no problems skiing anything in Ontario.  

 

I'm planning to head out west this year for my first true ski trip (I'm going to try and make this a yearly event) and would like to buy a new set of skis before I make my way out there.  Once I get there, I want to experience all kinds of terrain, though I'm not sure how my abilities are going to translate over to the new terrain.  Anyways, I've been looking at a few sets of twin tips (I do some park skiing here, would like a ski that can handle that), but am looking for a ski that performs well on a variety of surfaces.  

 

Any suggestions? Questions?

 

Thanks in advance 

post #2 of 8

Hi and welcome. If you can go demo some skis then do. Possibly you might be better off getting twin tips for home and renting something wider in the all mountain range when you go out west. If your looking for one ski to do everything then your going to end up compromising somewhere.

 You might get a better response if you tell us what you enjoy most in your skiing- Park? Bumps? Carving Groomers? Trees? Off piste? and your height and weight? You might not know what level you are, I'm guessing with 20 years under your belt your pretty good! Are you an aggressive skier? 

post #3 of 8

Agree with lily white  - give us more info.  Also what hills/runs do you ski in Ontario? Blue, Osler. glen eden/ sir sams/chicopee/MSLM?? I assume based on your forum name it would be collingwood or barrie area.   Where do you plan to ski  "out west".  Are you going to stick to the groomers out here or try some off piste chutes/powder/ trees/bumps?

 

Many people here in the west have skied in the east in their younger years and can give you some idea of what to expect in terms of difference.

If you plan to ski lake louise/sunshine out of Calgary you can join the outdoor club for free and meet up with people to ski with.

 

Cheers

J

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.  I figured you'd need some more info..

 

I'm 6'1, 175 lbs, spend most of my time on the groomers/in the trees (and some time in the park - which is the main reason why I started looking at twin tips), but I'm definitely planning on trying some off-piste/powder stuff once I get out west (I'll initially be going to Banff and then Whistler once I'm there).  I tend to stay off of the bumps just because I've had some knee problems in the past and they tend to flare up if I spend time on moguls.

 

@ twa2w 

 

Good call on the collingwood area!   I mainly ski Blue Mtn when I get out.  Have been to Osler/glen eden/MSLM etc.  As for runs, I'm usually coming down the north slopes at Blue (not sure if that means anything to anybody?).  I'm comfortable skiing any place in Ontario that I've been to (which is all the major hills except for Georgian Peaks - never managed to get on there).  I consider myself a fairly aggressive skier.  

 

I don't know much about ski equipment, which is part of the reason I'm asking for advice.  I'd like a ski that I can take anywhere around the mountain and performs fairly well.  I realize that by being versatile, a ski generally has to compromise somewhere, which I am fine with, I'd just like to minimize the compromise.  

post #5 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki.  I highly recommend demoing some skis when you get out west.  That way you can ski them in the conditions they're designed for.  Based on where you are, you're probably on fairly narrow waisted stiff skis.  To start your demoing I recommend you try some skis around 90mm with camber and early rise tip, twin tip or not.  After that try some around 100-105mm waist, again with camber and early rise.  I live in Montana and my daily driver is a Nordica Steadfast, 90mm, camber, early rise tip and turned up tail but not a twin tip.  I ski mostly off-piste with trees being my favorite, but with these skis I can and do ski the entire mountain.  They have great edge and are a lot of fun carving high speed GS turns on the way back to the lift.  Others in that category are the Salomon Rocker2 90, Blizzard Bushwacker, Rossi Experience 88, Elan 888, Line Prophet 90.  There are others also.  I'm sure someone will provide some recommendations for the 100-105mm skiis.  But, you should definitely try to demo some of those.

post #6 of 8

'All mountain' twin...  Nordica Soul Rider. K2 Kung Fuja. Volkl Bridge. Salomon Rocker 2 92.. not the 90. Rossi Scimitar. Line Blend or Cronic. Armada ARV... 

 

Thinking about stuff with a 95-102 or so waist.

 

(mt, the OP said park and twin all mountain.wink.gif )

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

I agree that demoing would be my best bet, I'm just fairly anxious to get a new pair of skis.  I've got impulse buyer written all over me right now, which is part of the reason I'm posting here.  Looking for solid opinions before I go spend money on something that won't be a good fit.  I'm really excited for my trip and I feel like new skis would somehow make it complete.  Irrational, definitely, but aren't we all sometimes?

 

Anyways, I've been looking at the Line prophets 90 and 98, as well as the Influence 105.  Anybody have experience with them?  Do you think they'd be too wide for someone coming off of a 70mm ski?

 

All opinions are appreciated.

 

Thanks

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Anyways, I've been looking at the Line prophets 90 and 98, as well as the Influence 105.  Anybody have experience with them?  Do you think they'd be too wide for someone coming off of a 70mm ski?

 

 

Nope. The 98 is a better 'all mountain' choice if the tail is twin'ie enough for you. 105 is also nice if you want something that feels a little beefier. Same deal on the tail. Both great skis and after about 3 runs, you won't notice the extra width until you get back on your skinny skis. :)

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