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Returning-to-skiing Question on Skis

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Hi Everyone,


I spent the last 20 years in the tropics and the Midwest and have had limited access to the slopes. To my great delight, I've moved to the Portland, OR area and I can now ski Mt. Hood, well, much of the year.


I'm in the market for skis, but, not only have skis changed quite a bit in the last 20 years, but I grew up skiing the North East, where conditions are quite a bit different.  So, I'm not really sure what I should be looking for.


About me I'm 6'0 190 lbs, and I was a decent skier in my early 20s. I've backsid a little and I'm not comfortable on ungroomed trails and, depending on the ski area, I tend to now shy away from the diamonds. I'd like to get my old skiing legs back and I'll be skiing many weekends of during the winter so I expect to be skiing on more advanced terrain soon. I don't expect to be a back-country skier any time soon, but I would eventually like to take be able to explore some of the off-piste areas of the local ski resorts.


So, I'd like a relatively forgiving ski that I could continue to grow into and one that can handle the varying conditions of the Cascades.  I've seen a pair of Rossignol Avenger Basalt 82s for $400 which seem to be a great ski for what I'm looking to do (and at about the right price), but I'm not sure if they're right for the Cascades.  What do others think?  Is this the right type of ski? Or should I be looking at a different type of ski all together?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!




post #2 of 7


Go demo. Meadows has a decent demo program. ON3P Skis demos for free out of their factory.


If your looking for a good one ski quiver for Hood you might want to go bigger. The Blizzard Bonafide is a good choice. If you just want to rip groomers then those Rossi's might be a good start.


Do you have boots that fit well?

post #3 of 7

As someone here told me about 4 years ago when I asked the same question....


"The best ski for you is called "boots"."


Oh, how I pshawed.


Oh, how I was wrong.


Boots. Then take lessons.


Then take more lessons.


But, for the sake of conversation.....my BF is just about exactly your dimension.


He was riding a beater pair of Dynastar Legends because there be rocks up in them Vermont hills.

His Lange boots were horrifying. At least 15 years old,


Now he's in Atomic Hawx, which he loves, and riding Line Prophet 98s at 175cm.

He skis every part of the mountain and loves the woods. Been doing it since he was 5.

Says the Line's cut even the chopped crud like butter and hold a hard angle on the ice, and keep him up in the powder.


Just a report.


Have fun. But Advil.

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Thanks! I'll be sticking to the groomers for this season and probably next's as well. But I'd like to get my ability up to the level where I can ski more of Meadows, etc. than just the groomed trails so it sounds like I could go either way. I've never skied a wide all-mountain ski before so I think I'll take your advice and try some demos before I buy anything. BTW--do you have any recommendations for a ski shop in Portland? 


Thanks again!



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Thread Starter 

Hi Allison,


Yes, that's great advice! And I do need boots too! However, I'm mostly concerned about matching the ski to the conditions--I've skied over *lots* of New England's rocks but very little of the wet deep powder of the Cascades.





post #6 of 7

If you need boots then go see Greg Coulter at Hillcrest. For that matter the rest of the staff is pretty damn good. They won't look to sell you the boot they want to move. They will sell you the boot that is best for you. It's also convenient that they are on the way to and from the mountain. They also have a great selection of ski's. And I have had some of the best repair work done there.


I had a good experience with the HPC at Meadows this weekend while helping my Girlfriend look for a new board. They have a pretty knowledgeable staff on hand, and have agreat selection.


US Outdoors has a good selection, but I find it better to go there knowing exactly what I want. I don't find them extremely personable outside of a few employees.

post #7 of 7
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Thanks Ecimmortal. I'll check out Hillcrest and the High Performance Center up at Meadows.





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