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Intermediate to advanced skier looking for first pair of skis (trees and bumps)

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Whew that's a mouth full. I know a lot of people don't get past the threat title so I figured I would add as much info as I could. 


I'm a very new skier (5 days under my belt) but have boarded for over 15 years. This year I have the opportunity to do a lot of skiing and I'd really like to buy a pair instead of renting all season long. I'm new, but I can handle myself pretty well on the hill. I get down any black without much trouble. I have to take my time in the bigger bumps and glades, but am never in over my head. I absolutely love skiing glades and medium sized bumps. I was wondering what the community's thoughts were on a few skis I've been researching and in general a few things to look for in glade skis. 


From my understanding, and please correct em if I'm wrong, is that I'm looking for a small turn radius ski to get around in the woods. I would also want something a little wider (maybe 85-115mm) to handle the occasional powder. I'm in the northeast so I'm not overly concerned with super fat skis. Some sites seem to suggest I want a stiffer ski while others say a softer one. I don't really understand the physics of how that plays into the ski performing in the woods th_dunno-1[1].gif


Anyway from what I can tell I was looking heavily at getting Rossi AC30's until a post here seemed to blast them out of the water for skiing glades. I'm leaning towards Dynastar Sultan 85's now but again have come across a few conflicting reviews. The shops seem to point me in one direction, while forums another. I also really liked everything I've read about the rozzi experience 88's, although those might be out of my price range.


As you can tell I'm pretty confused at this point so I thought I would join the best looking site I could find and ask for help. Any and all advice is appreciated! Thank you in advance!

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Wow that's a great little tool there. It's number 1 pick was the Rossi Experience 88 which was reassuring. I'm still interested in what people think of the other skis I mentioned in the original post though if anyone here has an opinion.

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I've skiied trees and powder on skis ranging from shorty slaloms to Volkl Kuros so I'm not going to provide you with advice re: specific brands and models but my general advice is;

Get you boots sorted first. Allocate as much coin as you can getting good boots fitted by a good boot fitter. Skis come and go but you will have your boots for a long time.

If possible, spend a few bucks and demo a range of skis.

If demoing is not possible, visit a couple of ski shops and ask what skis they offer in their performance fleet for the usage that you want. The shops stock good allrounders in their performance fleets..

I would also suggest considering buying used or ex-demo. You only have 5 days under you belt but you should progess quickly given your snowboard experience.
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In the NE there is no reason to go wider than say 90. Last season I skied the tight trees at Sugarbush on Blizzard Bonafides (98 underfoot) and this year I am on Dynastar Outland 87's. The narrower quicker no 2 layers of TI Outlands are much easier to ski in the woods ofthr NE and the bumps. The Bonafides are much more conducive to wide open terrain less thick trees of Revelstoke or Kicking Horse.
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I agree with craigr that if you don't have decent boots, buy those first.  I agree with Gotsan, there is no need for a ski with a waist wider than 90mm in the East (except as a 2-5 day per year powder ski).  My personal choice for a go-to all mountain ski that is great in the bumps and trees is the 85mm at the waist K2 Extreme (which they stopped producing in 2010--can still be found online).  Dynastar Outland 87's would also be a good choice.  The Bliz Mag. 8.0 or 8.5 (which get good reviews on this site) would be worth trying out as well. 


If you were talking about the Volkl AC30's in your initial post, I have several friends who like them and who like to ski them in the bumps and in the trees.  Never tried 'em myself.


Good luck with your decision.


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