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I need help finding my new pair of skis (possibly boot-binding combo), I am downgrading from "racy" skis and mostly interested in performance/all-mountain pair of skis, here are the facts:

 

- 5'7" (170cm)

- 150 lbs

- Level 8 skier - downgrading myself from level 9 over the past 2-3 years due to old left knee and recent right broken ankle injuries.

I went through ski school in my teen years and was competitive back then (preferred Super G, GS and slalom) and now that I am 44 yo it is getting harder and harder to push competition level skis, so I am looking for advice on rec. level skis that would still be stiff and stable at speeds (25-35mph is my average cruising speed on public slopes). No park for me.

 

Over the past 10 years (skied VT, NY and last 5 years leaving in CO :) my quiver consisted of the following: Atomic GS (race) 180cm, Atomic slalom (Beta-race?) 9-12 (170cm) and last 4 years (mostly due to training my 6yo son and injuries) I stayed on Atomic Supercross SX-11 160cm in combo with  recreational boots - Salomon Equipe 9.0.

 

- I am hoping to recover by October 2013 and counting on skiing 90% groomers and  10% moguls in Colorado. (mostly Summit county), which does not  rule out icy runs esp in the beginning of the season.

 

- My budget is reasonably unlimited, as long as my new equipment puts a big green on my face :)

 

Please recommend skis and possible bindings and boots combos.

Thanks! 

post #2 of 5

Vash,

Skied a pair of Stockli (180) Stromrider VXLs (2012/13) several weeks ago. I thought they were absolutely amazing. Quicker edge to edge than their width would imply yet dead stable at speed. They handled a variety of conditions (ice to corn like surfaces) without a hitch. Having had a similar background to yours (grew up skiing Vermont, NH & moved to California) I think you should try out a pair. BTW my stats are age 60 5'7" 150 & using the PSIA rating scale I'd call myself a solid 8 who enjoys on/off piste trees and  back country as well.

 

Boots are another story...I'm currently on a pair of Lange RX130s (100 last)...like the relaxed upright stance. Not as responsive as a full on race boot (say Raptor 130s) but are more than quick enough for recreational skiing. If they fit you they just might be the ticket.

 

All the best in getting set up for the coming season.

post #3 of 5

I guess your choice comes down to a front-side carver based on race technology (like a Fischer Progressor) or a modern wider all-mountain carver (like a Blizzard Magnum 8.5).  At your weight, something in the mid-80s width is going to give you plenty of float for most powder days in Summit County.

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Flyingshoes,

 

Stokli Stormrider VXL was spot on, thanks a lot for your advice!

Demoed them today at Beaver Creek and they are definitely going to the top of my list.

 

Long story: today was my 4th day on skis this season, so pls take my review with a grain of salt. 

I called a few ski shops in Vail and Beaver Creek this morning and found only one shop renting out Stokli skis - they only had 2012/11 Stormrider VXL in 159cm - bummer. I took therm out to Beaver Creek in a nice 45F weather and very hard pack in the AM turning into a much softer snow in the PM,  and was pleasantly surprised - the skis are fun to drive in short turns (15m radius is their spec) and very stable to carve much longer arches in hard pack at speeds up to 35-40mph although this felt close to the skis limit, well, in 159cm anyway. Took them on a mild mogul run and could do everything I wanted to do. Overall great skis, and I would be on a look out for 170cm.

 

The strange (to me) part:

and I may be totally wrong here since by the end of the day this was no longer a problem) : when driving these skis into a series of quick tight turns with skids, they are not in a hurry to release the tails from a previous turn.

 

 

The not so good part:

 

after talking to a couple of ski shops it turns out Stockli did not import any skis into US for 2012/13 season. Rumor has it they will bring some from the next season. Any ideas where to order a pair?

 

 

The shop I rented from also had last season's Stokli Laser SL and SX. Should I attempt or these would be again too close to GS competition skis?

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by JimH View Post

I guess your choice comes down to a front-side carver based on race technology (like a Fischer Progressor) or a modern wider all-mountain carver (like a Blizzard Magnum 8.5).  At your weight, something in the mid-80s width is going to give you plenty of float for most powder days in Summit County.


Jim, thanks for your input.

Fisher Progressor looks interesting, need to demo it.

 

Reading about Blizzard Magnum 8.5 construction and it sounds like it may not be stiff enough?

Or am I out of touch with modern ski construction tech?

 

"...a Titanal topsheet, but not full edge to edge, so you have a powerful ski that has a lighter swing weight, with a smoother flex, and a strong torsional strength without adding extra weight."

 

 

Any opinion on Stockli Laser SX and what length I should get?

One ski shop at Vail has a few 2011 Laser models, so I can demo them if I am willing to drive there.

 

Thank you

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