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Another Guy looking for the right Skis...

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

So here are my skiing details

 

Age: 36

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 200lbs

Skiing Level: Advanced/Expert

Boots: Tecnica Inferno 130 - Fit in SLC by "The Sports Loft"

Area to be Skied: Colorado/Utah - Very minimal eastern skiing

Favorite Terrain: Blues through Double Blacks / Moguls / Bowls / Glades

(I love powder skiing, but unless mother nature provides when I happen to be on vacation, I rarely get to ski much of it, and at this point have done little to no touring or backcountry skiing)

 

I started skiing in Vail's ski school when I was 3 and have been skiing ever since.  I have taken lots of lessons over the years, and I think by most people's standards, I would be considered an advanced to expert skier.  I ski with a very tight "old school" parallel style and love carving nice turns on the groomed runs, but I love a good bump run as much as anything, though I don't "zipper" it from top to bottom..

 

I was recently fitted for a pair of boots at what I thought was an amazing ski store in SLC  "The Sport Loft", and am now looking to buy a set of skis either during the off season or early next season.  While there I demoed some FX94s that I really liked, I later skied the Mantra which I wasn't as much of a fan of, and finished with the Hell and Back's which prob fell in the middle of those three in terms of how much I liked them.

 

While I liked the FX94s and the Hell and backs, there are obviously a ton of skis out there that I haven't tried, and am wondering if there might be things better suited for my main needs.  Therefore, I am wondering what other suggestions you guys might have for me...

 

My Priorities would be as follows...

 

1 & 2 - Equal Priority to Carving/Gripping ability on groomed and iced-over/skied off runs and Great in Bumps

3 - Ability to cut through Crud/Re-frozen Windblown Snow

4 - Good in Powder when I am lucky enough

 

Much Thanks!

 

Peter

post #2 of 10

Welcome to EpicSki.  I can easily recommend a ski that will meet 1, 2 & 3 but whether it would meet 4 only you can say.  Find someplace where you can demo the Nordica Fire Arrow 84 EDT, preferably the 184cm version.  If you are truly an advanced/expert skier, then you should have the chops to really enjoy this ski.  84mm waist and a bit of early rise in the tip. After demoing this at Snowbasin a couple weeks ago it is on my "to buy" list for next season and will replace half of my 3 ski quiver.  The other half will be replaced by an Atomic Ritual.  The FA has amazing edge grip, is extremely quick edge to edge, good in the bumps, powers through piled up snow and semi frozen crud and is also powder capable.  It is not a ski for beginners or intermediates and requires your full attention and good skills.  In return you get a big grin because it is a lot of fun to ski.


Edited by mtcyclist - 3/7/13 at 6:55pm
post #3 of 10

I forgot to mention one other ski that might meet your needs, the Elan Amphibio Waveflex 88 XTi.  I didn't think of it because I haven't skied it.  I did ski an Elan Amphibio Waveflex SL race ski at Snowbasin and it was a blast, like strapping on rockets, but it certainly would not be what you want.  But it did have amazing edge grip.  I have heard a lot of good things about the 88 XTi as an all around ski.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I will check those out...

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Anyone else have thoughts? I checked out the Nordica Fire arrow 84 EDT,… Great-looking ski… What are peoples thoughts on the FX 94, as it relates to my needs… What about the FX 84? I've also heard lots of great things about MX 83, and 88, but in some threads it seems like there are questions as to how well those skis perform in the bumps. Blizzard kabooki or bonafides? Head rock 'n roll 95?
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well Mtcyclist, i guess everyone completely agrees! I figured that Dawgcatching, Phil, Beyond, or some of the other regulars would have some thoughts for me... After all, I am looking to buy skis, and there aren't a whole lot of great ski shops in Tennessee.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by tnski View Post

there aren't a whole lot of great ski shops in Tennessee.

 

How about in that hotbed of eastern skiing  called West Virginia?biggrin.gif

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

 

How about in that hotbed of eastern skiing  called West Virginia?biggrin.gif

Yeah,.... nothing like good ole WV and NC skiing!!  Ha!

post #9 of 10

Try the Nordica dealer locater.  http://shop.nordicausa.com/Dealer/ 

post #10 of 10

I've demoed oodles of skis over the last couple of years.  Based on that, I say if you find a ski you "really like," get it.

You can get recs and demo until the cows come home, and you may find a ski you like a tad better or only as much.  OTOH, you may well not, and the search will cost you a lotta time, some aggravation, and demo costs when you've already found a ski you already know you "really like."  Again...Get it!

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