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"The best all mountain ski for me?" Question... again.

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Hi guys,

 

I know this question has been posted many times before, but I have reached an impasse in my research into which All Mountain Ski is best for me. I am aware that a lot of what goes into the ski being good for you is simply how you feel on the ski, but I simply do not have time to demo the enormous amount of skis out there that have been recommended to me. 

Things to know:

  • I am quite small; 5'7" & 130 pounds
  • I ski mainly in Oregon (Mt. Hood Meadows), however I do often visit Idaho (Mainly Brundage and Tamarack), Mt. Bachelor (also in OR, except with much better snow conditions), and on rare occasion I take a few runs a year in Utah. 
  • I was a long time snowboarder, I transitioned to Skiing this winter, and I LOVE IT. By my third full day skiing I was taking on blacks with relative ease. I am in no sense an "expert" but i am progressing skill wise quite quickly.
  • I would like to pay under 450 W/O bindings. If you are ride or die for a ski thats over 450, please do recommend it anyways. 
  • I would prefer a ski from 2012 or 2013
  • I spend a lot of my time in the trees off the sides of runs, I love to get air off of about anything I can,  I do spend some time in the park, but also I love tearing up groomers. 

 

Any input or response would be quite helpful, at this point the myriad of options have me frozen. Thanks in advance!


Edited by Ryansthabomb - 3/9/13 at 8:54pm
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Dude make a list of the skis you think are best for you, and post the list. We will help you narrow it down. If your not there yet, than just get any intermediate-advanced all mountain ski.

 

Your asking us to do all the work for you? kind of disrespectful. If we want to recommend a ski, and its not under 450...than whats the purpose. We have to search for recommendable skis that are under 450 right now?....you get it?

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Originally Posted by SkiSafe View Post

Dude make a list of the skis you think are best for you, and post the list. We will help you narrow it down. If your not there yet, than just get any intermediate-advanced all mountain ski.

 

  1. Dynastar 6th Sense Distorter
  2. K2 Kung Fujas 
  3. Volkl Bridge
  4. Atomic Panic
  5. Rossignol Sprayer 
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  1. Dynastar 6th Sense Distorter
  2. K2 Kung Fujas 
  3. Volkl Bridge
  4. Atomic Panic
  5. Rossignol Sprayer 

I have never skied any of those, but I'd probably go with the Kung Fujas if your going to be skiing the PNW mostly with a trip to Utah every year. Its the widest of the bunch, and its pretty well spoken of. I hear its a very fun ski, that can still handle some speed.

A very close second would be the Volkl Bridge as its also well spoken of. It would also be a great choice, but I'd just want a little extra width if I was skiing in Oregon a lot. Both the fujas and bridge are going to be your do it all ski, with just enough bite for ripping steeps, and a good amount of play thrown in to run park laps and/or jib off everything you see (im the same way). Either ski would be great for you.

The last two are probably terrible. They're the bottom end skis from atomic and rossignol and I'd bet you will want a new ski almost Immediately once you get better. Especially if your getting comfortable on blacks, and will be jibbin all over them with confidence soon enough. They're capwall skis and those dont have nearly the ammount of edge grip as sidewall skis. However, They're usually a bit lighter, and bit more lively/jibby, but in turn less burly/solid...There are much better capwall skis than the last two; Panic or Sprayer, and I strongly urge you to stay away from them

Im not a big fan of dynastar, but its probably a fine choice, just a little thin for oregon in my opinion. Im a new-gen/newschool skier though and 94-98mm is about as thin as I'd ever go. Some on here would say that 87mm(or whatever the distorter is) is fine for all mountain, and they're not wrong. It depends on if you ski more on groomed or ungroomed.
Edited by SkiSafe - 3/10/13 at 6:49am
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Check out the Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer, a massively overlooked ski option. Another really nice ski that is an up-coming brand in the US is Faction, the Prodigy is a ripper. You are looking in the right class of skis, all-mountain twintips that are around 100mm wide. Getting a ski under $450 in this class should be no problem right now.

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