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Replacing Atomic GS 9s

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Having searched through various threads, I have taken the bold/foolish step of starting a new thread.  Thanks in advance for thoughts/advice!

 

Info:

Current skis: Atomic GS 9 (180cm); Fischer Watea 94s (approx. 177cm)

Live in Colorado

Ski Areas: Breck, Keystone, Arapahoe, Vail, Beaver Creek

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 180

Age: 50

Number of days annually: 20

 

I spend a lot of time on the front side, skiing black and blue groomers (many times with my daughter).  I use the Atomics for this duty.  The Wateas are great for soft snow/crud (e.g. Vail Back Bowls).  But, last few years have found I'm using the Atomics over 80% of the time.

 

My tuner tells me that the Atomics are getting close to the end of their life, so need to start finding replacement.  I love the GS9s; have skied over 250 days with them since buying them in 2000 or 2001 (!!) while living in Europe.  I want to find a ski that can provide the same stability at speed while also being soft enough to handle shorter turns when needed.  The GS9s at 180cm have a radius of 17m.

 

Local shops (Boulder) just don't have anything that is even close spec-wise to the Atomics.  Emphasis around here is on all-mountain skis (with good reason).  But, I really want to have a ski that is almost telepathic in its ability to sense a turn and allow me to ski a mix of black and blue groomers with speed and stability.  That's what my GS9s do for me.  I am skeptical about carvers that have 80+ mm waists since the GS9 has a 65mm waist.  But am hoping to keep an open mind.  Am old enough that i don't go diving into the bumps or trees unless conditions are great for it (and then I use my Wateas). Since snow has been thin for most of the last few years, have been mainly on Atomics. 

 

No sense me being on FIS GS skis; those are too stiff for my use.  Are there good non-WC/FIS GS skis out there, or has technology moved us past those and into the wider-waisted carvers?  My Wateas with a 94mm waist are a fun ski, but I don't like them on steeper groomers.

 

Will provide any other info as needed; appreciate the thoughts!!

post #2 of 8

There are still good "cheater" race skis out there - nearly every brand makes one.

 

If you're in Boulder, check out Alpine Base and Edge ... last time I was in there they had cheater versions of the Rossi, and Atomic skis in there. (I didn't comb through their Nordica and Head offerings, I was just waiting to talk to the owner).
 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks!  Was in Alpine Base earlier today, dropping the GS9s off for a tune.  Tuner confirmed for me that I should start thinking about replacements, but he was too busy to discuss, and nobody else was available.  Will definitely go back...
 

post #4 of 8

I ski GS FIS skis as my everyday ski on groomers.  Love them. Just a little shorter, lighter and younger and likely ski less days also.

 

Consider the Dynastar Speed Course in either the FIS or Ti versions (Rossi are about the same).  Also consider the womens length, just a bit of a tighter radius in the FIS ski than the mens and like I said love the ski.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Oldschoolskier!  I tried an FIS GS ski (Atomic), and it was a blast for a couple of runs, but I don't think it could be an all-day ski for me; would probably lose my pass before my legs gave way.  I am interested to try the Dynastar; have heard good things about it.  Someone mentioned one of the Fischers and the Atomic Redster GS and LT.  I've got some homework to do :-)
 

post #6 of 8

IMO and FWIW.............

 

What you have is a tighter turning ski than even the "cheater" GS skis and certainly tighter turning than any women's FIS ski. The above mentioned Dynastar Course Ti and also the Head Magnum are the best skis in the "almost race" 15-17M skis. Both come in the proper lengths ~~ 177-178 and both are more sophisticated builds than your Beta skis.  You will find both to be as grippy or even better than your skis but more damp and easier to ski. Choosing between the two is splitting hairs but I ski both pretty regularly and to me the Dynastar is a little more energetic while the Head is a little more damp. You can find other choices but those two are so good that (IMO) you are wasting time worrying about it. One of those two is all you'll ever need or want in that category.

 

SJ

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by tcam View Post

Thanks, Oldschoolskier!  I tried an FIS GS ski (Atomic), and it was a blast for a couple of runs, but I don't think it could be an all-day ski for me; would probably lose my pass before my legs gave way.  I am interested to try the Dynastar; have heard good things about it.  Someone mentioned one of the Fischers and the Atomic Redster GS and LT.  I've got some homework to do :-)
 

No Problem,

 

SJ states it very well.  Something that was pointed out me recently, French skis a little softer, Austrian skis stiffer for the same functions.

 

BTW I'm on the '10-11 176 Speed Course FIS model.

 

Love them, but you do have to stay focused or they bite you.  It's also why I suggested the Ti version, just a little more forgiving (here is a teaser). 

 

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks to you both!  The Dynastar is definitely one to try.  That and one of the Atomics, I think.  Will try to sort it out.. :-)

 

Thanks again!

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