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Hello, I have been away from the sport for 12 years (three kids later) I am bringing my family back to a sport that I love.  I am not sure how i let time go by that fast but go it did.  

I need some help/recommendations for skis.  I am a big boy 275, 6'3".  I used to ski about 40 times a season, but marriage, children and work took care of that.  I ski primarily in the pacific northwest. I preferred big turns, hard and fast off piste terrain with occasional forays onto groomers.  Bumps have been out because of...well they were never in.  Big boys @speed and bumps dont mix.

 

My old set up was Volkl G31, and G41 but after getting the 41 (their big mountain ski at the time) I never used the 31's.  I called them my Sherman tanks..loved them.

 

I have small children who are just starting, so though i prefer crud, i think i will be spending more time on groomers than i did previously.  I see that the mantra seem to get really good reviews?

 

I also need some help in determining the correct length G41s were 198 because they didnt make 215s(keep in mind this is a guy who used to swagger because I would occasionally break out the DH boards..but that was back when i was trying to convince everyone that it was all about "length" but that was back when I was slimmer and had more hair.  Older and wiser (and not needing to compensate quite so much, they now have meds for that) I noticed that even the DH racers were skiing on pretty short boards?  

 

I also used to have to get "race bindings" because the DINs would not go high enough to accommodate my weight is that still true?  

 

Boots; Technica Icon Race boots.  I used to have to totally unbuckle on the lift to return circulation to my feet.  Not very comfortable but responsive as all get out.  Any suggestions?

 

With three kids cash still rules my world.  I am looking to get last years gear 2012 or 2011  to save cash if possible.

 

 

Thank you.

 

M

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I've got a pair of 191-cm 2011 Volkl Mantras (see my review http://www.epicski.com/products/2011-volkl-mantra-ski/reviews) with Marker Squire bindings; skied 10-11 times, half days, replaced with Rossi S7s and Kastle LX92s.  I got the Mantras as an all-mountain ski when we started skiing lift-served (I ski mostly backcountry) with the grandkids; now we have season passes so I built a quiver.  I live in W WA, I sell you the skis & bindings for $450; both in excellent shape.

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Hello, I have been away from the sport for 12 years (three kids later) I am bringing my family back to a sport that I love.  I am not sure how i let time go by that fast but go it did.  

I need some help/recommendations for skis.  I am a big boy 275, 6'3".  I used to ski about 40 times a season, but marriage, children and work took care of that.  I ski primarily in the pacific northwest. I preferred big turns, hard and fast off piste terrain with occasional forays onto groomers.  Bumps have been out because of...well they were never in.  Big boys @speed and bumps dont mix.

 

My old set up was Volkl G31, and G41 but after getting the 41 (their big mountain ski at the time) I never used the 31's.  I called them my Sherman tanks..loved them.

 

I have small children who are just starting, so though i prefer crud, i think i will be spending more time on groomers than i did previously.  I see that the mantra seem to get really good reviews?  You may want to consider something in the 98 mm +/- waist width category.  There is enough shape to ski the groomers and enough surface area for many off piste conditions.  The Mantra could be a good call.  But also do some searches on other skis in this category.

 

I also need some help in determining the correct length G41s were 198 because they didnt make 215s(keep in mind this is a guy who used to swagger because I would occasionally break out the DH boards..but that was back when i was trying to convince everyone that it was all about "length" but that was back when I was slimmer and had more hair.  Older and wiser (and not needing to compensate quite so much, they now have meds for that) I noticed that even the DH racers were skiing on pretty short boards?  

 

I also used to have to get "race bindings" because the DINs would not go high enough to accommodate my weight is that still true?  You will need a higher DIN binding.  I would look at the models that have max DINs at 12+.

 

Boots; Technica Icon Race boots.  I used to have to totally unbuckle on the lift to return circulation to my feet.  Not very comfortable but responsive as all get out.  Any suggestions?  Find yourself a good bootfitter, and go on from there.  Getting fit to a properly sized boot to your foot, lower leg, body type, and skier ability is paramount to your return to skiing.  As for boots, there are plenty of high quality non-race boots that should work for you.  Don't focus on any specific brands.

 

With three kids cash still rules my world.  I am looking to get last years gear 2012 or 2011 to save cash if possible.  Check out your local retailers especially for a bootfit.  You could find something leftover.  You could take your chances on the interwebz if you like for skis and bindings.  If you do so, give some of the site sponsors a look (Start Haus, Dawgcatching).  I am sure others will recommend some other websites.

 

 

Thank you. You are welcome.

 

M

 

By the way.  Welcome to the site.  Welcome back to the sport.

 

D.

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Thanks to Deny and Andy for the advice.  I found several older posts with the similar problems/and suggestions.  In appreciate the willingness to answer what must be "the most common thread" in this forum.  

 

Thank you again for your patience.

 

M

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One more thought. You are a very big guy. You have the size to power a 105ish mm wide like most average size guys have to power 98s.

A friend of mine is 6'4" and 265 pounds. He skis an Atomic Coax 192 from last year. He can rip all over the mountain with it.

D.
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