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Looking for new skis -- overwhelmed by the choices

post #1 of 9
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Where in the world are you skiing?

This year - in Utah, but I also ski anywhere in the Rockies and the Alps.

 

What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

Groomed, mostly, but also deep powder and a few trees

 

How many days a year do you ski?

About a week per year

 

How advanced are you as a skier?

I've been skiing for over 35 years, so I guess I'm an "expert", but I'm not hard-core like some people who live near ski resorts.

 

What's your height and weight?

5'9, 170lbs

 

My current skis (I don't have them handy so I don't remember what they are) are getting a bit old, so I'm looking to replace them.  I'm looking for an all-around ski, but searching the Internet for ski recommendations is just overwhelming.  Most of the reviews I've read make it sound like the guy took his skis out on a date, not the slopes ("K2 didn’t so much embrace rocker technology as they did marry it and churn out forty kids." Seriously???  What does that even mean?)

 

I'm willing to spend the extra money for a really good ski, but I need to know WHY it's a really good ski.  I haven't been paying attention to the ski industry, so I have no idea what was new last year, this year, five years ago, whatever.

post #2 of 9
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I just noticed this thread: http://www.epicski.com/t/117539/agile-short-radius-all-mountain-ski

 

and the more I think about it, the more this sounds like something that concerns me.  A ski that lets me do short-radius parallel turns would be an improvement over what I have today.  The Nordica Soul Rider seems like a good ski for me, and it gets all-around positive reviews.  My only gripe is that they look ridiculous.

post #3 of 9

no, ski with the most "hype" for the last couple years is the blizzard bonafide.  So that's your go-to purchase if you don't want  get into analysis paralysis.   Buy (or demo then buy) that one then stop reading reviews.


The other guy already had a few skis, while you are looking for the one ski

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Originally Posted by thetabis View Post

Where in the world are you skiing?

This year - in Utah, but I also ski anywhere in the Rockies and the Alps.

 

What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

Groomed, mostly, but also deep powder and a few trees

 

 

I guess the thing that you have to decide is do you want a ski for you do mostly, or what you do occasionally? The natural tendency for many is to recommend a wider ski like a Soul Rider or a Bonafide as soon as they hear a western destination or the poster breathes the word "powder". Now......a 98mm ski like the Soul Rider or Bonafide (which I own) might be a great call for you but of all the things that you mentioned only the almost afterthought mention of powder suggests a ski that wide. Otherwise, you might be better off with something narrower.......eek.gif (like 90mm or so). If you were talking about 50% of the time skiing off trail (OR) in snow of over 6" or so in depth, that would be one thing but that's not what you said. You said mostly groomers.

 

Before suggesting a ski, I'll wait for you to decide if you meant what you originally said or whether you want to amend what you said. If you really do want a mostly groomer ski with a soft snow bias, I have a good 90mm or two in mind. OTH, if you really want something with more of a 50-50 off trail to on trail bias, then you are on the right track with a Bonafide or something similar.

 

So.....clarify your priorities.

 

SJ

post #5 of 9
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Well, my priority is to get a good, all-around ski.  I currently have a pair of Volkl P90 RCs, which are apparently racing skis.  I'm not sure what I was thinking when I got them, because I don't race.

 

My preferred terrain is anything but moguls.  I normally ski groomed runs, but I will detour into the trees, deep snow, and steep runs when I get the chance.
 

It sounds like the Blizzard Bonafide is a good choice for me.  What's a good binding that goes with it?

post #6 of 9

What SJ says makes a lot of sense...there are a ton of very good skis out there that will likely be an upgrade to what you are currently on.  

 

Not to be harsh, but you are likely much closer to an advanced skier than an expert- I just don`t know that many expert skiers who ski 7 days a year, avoid moguls, and don`t race.

post #7 of 9

lol, if you are set on the bonafides, first I think you need to track down a pair of these skis that are for sale.  

Then, as for bindings, at the shop where you are getting them mounted, go with their recommendation.  The reasoning here is they will do a proper job on the bindings they are most familiar with.  

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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post

What SJ says makes a lot of sense...there are a ton of very good skis out there that will likely be an upgrade to what you are currently on.  

 

Not to be harsh, but you are likely much closer to an advanced skier than an expert- I just don`t know that many expert skiers who ski 7 days a year, avoid moguls, and don`t race.

 

Well, with the exception that I just really dislike moguls, I consider myself a level 8 skier.  What level is considered an "expert"?

 

Back to the thread topic ... it appears that the Bonafides are out-of-stock everywhere I look.

post #9 of 9

The thread just below you has 5more suggestions for highly regarded skis.  check them out.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117796/need-advice-on-versatile-all-mountain-skis

 

But my point  go to a shop and the salespeople there will help you out.  They aren't used car salesmen out to get you where you have to come in with all your due diligence and homework done to go toe-to-toe with them.

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