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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi. I am 6'5" tall and 300 pounds heavy. Intermediate skier skills. I ski cautiously and stay on the green and blue runs exclusivly. Can you folks offer up a ski size and ski model that I might consider as my first pair after ski school rentals? Thanks...

post #2 of 6

Hi there, 

 

A stiffer ski will help more than a longer ski. As a skinnier person I have a hard time making recommendations for you, but I find that a lot of modern skis are made for people who weigh a bit more. Your best bet will be to demo to find out what works for you. Aim for intermediate or above gear as it will be stiffer.

post #3 of 6
My husband is about yor size, 6'4 and 270lb, and perhaps a bit more experienced than you. He just got the experience 88s, I think in a 188 length. In the alpine at whistler where it wasn't too crowded and nice snow he liked them, but skiing grouse--smaller, more crowded hill with icy conditions he found them extremely hard to ski, as he didn't feel he had the maneuverability needed and their performance on the ice was hard to manage. Now we are looking to buy him a second set of skis, for easy turning and maneuvering when there is no fresh snow, any recommendations on what skiis might be good?
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

Hi there, 

A stiffer ski will help more than a longer ski. As a skinnier person I have a hard time making recommendations for you, but I find that a lot of modern skis are made for people who weigh a bit more. Your best bet will be to demo to find out what works for you. Aim for intermediate or above gear as it will be stiffer.

What he said. I will add that if a ski isn't that stiff, then add length.

For example:
Volkl Kendo 184 - somewhat stiff
Salomon Shogun 191 - much softer but not a noodle

Dennis
post #5 of 6

I'm in a similar position (6'6", ~275) and I will echo the advice to find something fairly stiff for frontside (groomed trail) skiing.  Look for models that have metal or carbon fiber reinforcement.  If you get something too soft you'll easily overpower it on very hard snow or ice if you try to go fast.

 

At your height you can generally ski the longest size in most models (175-188cm).  But as long as the ski is stiff enough you don't have to.  I have a 175cm Fischer Progressor; I felt it was plenty stable and I wanted better maneuverability (especially in moguls), so I didn't get the 180.  I'm sure the 180 would be even more stable at very high speed, but frankly I generally chicken out before the 175 does.  :-)

 

Some things I've liked for carving/frontside skis:

 

Fischer Progressor (the 800 or 900, which used to be the 8+ and 9+, should be good for an advancing intermediate)

Head Supershape Magnum (note: the 'normal' SS is almost a slalom race ski; the 'Magnum' is more versatile.  The 'Titan' is also an option if you want to go in bumps or off-piste as well, but won't be as responsive on hard snow.)

Blizzard Magnum (a lot of people like the new 8.0Ti and 8.5Ti)

I really liked the Dynastar Contact line, but they seem to have been discontinued this season.

 

The Rossignol Experience 88 mentioned above is also a nice ski, but with more of an all-mountain feel.  A somewhat wider ski like this will be easier to handle in bumps or ungroomed snow, if you want to start dabbling in that.  But it will not be quite as quick on groomers.

 

A lot of people like the Kastle MX78/83/88.  Not cheap, though.

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by kiki View Post

My husband is about yor size, 6'4 and 270lb, and perhaps a bit more experienced than you. He just got the experience 88s, I think in a 188 length. In the alpine at whistler where it wasn't too crowded and nice snow he liked them, but skiing grouse--smaller, more crowded hill with icy conditions he found them extremely hard to ski, as he didn't feel he had the maneuverability needed and their performance on the ice was hard to manage. Now we are looking to buy him a second set of skis, for easy turning and maneuvering when there is no fresh snow, any recommendations on what skiis might be good?

 

kiki, there are demo tents at Whistler outside the roundhouse. he can check in his current skis and demo something else for free. Best way to test skis. Also, if a ski feels a bit too hard to turn for him, he can try bringing the length down a size. At 6'0, 170lbs, I have skis that are too noodly at 180, and too stiff at 165cm!

 

If he wants a maneuverable ski for ice/hardpack, check into the Magnum. I assume he has a snug boot with no slop?

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