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Ski size and choice for this short squat dude?

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Hi, I am45 and am 5'4" and weigh around 155lbs. I have been skiing for many years but gave it a long break and am back with a vengeance. I ski northeast mainly Poconos, Stratton and Okemo. I am very comfortable on blues and comfortable on almost all blacks and double diamonds as defined by Camelback and Stratton. I like going straight down the fall line but also like wide carving when the slopes are quiet. I am nenergetic most of the time but dont want a ski I have to ski hard in order to get the best out of. I ski almost all on groomed or NE crud. Do not do park and almost no glades. 

 

The last two winters I skiied a Rossignol Avenger 76 Carbon at 154cm and had a lot of fun and it really helped me grow into an early late medium - early advanced possibly even early advanced on a good snow day. It might be that it is still the best ski for me. 

 

I am wondering though if I am getting the most out of my ski and whether I should be upgrading both in skiis and size.

 

I Do not want to get something that is too much ski for me. I enjoy skiing and am energetic when I ski but I am not the most powerful or physically fit as I should be and a lot of time is spent skiiing slowly with the kids although they are getting faster and faster..

 

Options I look at were the 

Blizzard MAgnum 7.6 at 163cm (? too long)

Blizzard Magnum 7.6 at 154cm (? just a lateral move with no improvement on my  Rossignol)

Blizzard Magnum 8.0 Ca or Ti at 158 cm (?Ti just a little too much ski for me?)

Rossignol Experience 83 at 160 (Open or TPX?)

Rossigno Experience 88 at 160 (open or TPX?)

 

 looked only at those two brands but am open to other ideas - Thanks

 

Craig

post #2 of 10

Welcome back to the slopes and EpicSki!  Would you consider skiing on checking out demo skis for a day?  Best way to figure out what's best for you.  Have you skied on anything longer than mid-150's?  I'm 4 inches shorter and my all-mountain skis are 154cm.  I became an advanced skier after retiring and spending a lot of time at the slopes with my daughter starting eight years ago after a long hiatus.

 

Hopefully others will give you advice on ideas of what to consider.

 

Have fun shopping!

post #3 of 10

One thing to remember about all the skis on your list and that is that they all have some amount of tip rocker, which means they will feel like a shorter ski.  Without any rocker at all I usually find 162-165cm skis feel best but my daily driver is a 170cm Nordica Steadfast, which has a slightly upturned tail and tip rocker.  The ski you're on now is a good ski, although it might be a bit short.  If you can find a similar ski to demo at about 160 it would be a good experiment, just don't demo something of lesser quality just to try that length.  If your plan is to continue skiing exclusively on groomers there isn't really any reason for a new ski unless you want a bit more stability for straight-lining than you get from your current skis.  From your description it sounds like you're straight-lining the runs when they're crowded and turning when the runs aren't crowded.  That is exactly opposite of what you should be doing.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

The ski you're on now is a good ski, although it might be a bit short.  If you can find a similar ski to demo at about 160 it would be a good experiment, just don't demo something of lesser quality just to try that length. 

Thanks, I like the idea of the same ski in a longer length. 

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Have you skied on anything longer than mid-150's?  

 

I have not. When I purchased the skis it was on the idea that as an intermediate it took me to mid nose. I am now skiing a lot better and I am also heavier than I should be for my height and as I read somewhere: "A ski can tell how heavy you are not how tall you are" and so at 155lbs I should probably be in something 160 or above.

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From your description it sounds like you're straight-lining the runs when they're crowded and turning when the runs aren't crowded.  That is exactly opposite of what you should be doing.

I guess I didnt make my self clear. When the slopes are crowded I am usually with my kids and am going slowly and am very acutely aware of dangerous speedsters. When I said that if the runs are empty I like to carve wide I meant on a day mid week when they are so empty that I am literally the only one on the slope. And when I said that they are busy I meant that it is still a very quiet midweek day but there might be one or two people far up slope of me going faster than me and so I keep my turns short and quick so as not to get in their way as they catch up to me. 

post #5 of 10

5'6 and (ashamed to admit) 180 on a light day.  Daily skis are either a 163 Head Supershape Magnum or an atomic nomad something or another in 170.  Me and the atomic never got along for the past couple years, something just clicked this season and its my 2nd choice now.  Took it along on a week at Sunday river mid feb and liked it a whole lot.

 

Just sent a pair of volkl racetiger SL skis to someone to try.  Those were 155 and just about perfect for eastern hard days....but LOTS of work to ski properly.

 

I guess my point is mid 150's is not too short but it depends on ski style and intended purpose.

 

Demo, lots and often!

post #6 of 10

Take a look at the Head Rally 3.0. ("i Supershape Rally 3.0") 75mm underfoot.

They go pretty short. 149, 156, 163cm. I'd recommend the 163, but you should probably demo them. They have a really good flex, so you'd be able to bend it. 155 is not that light. Lots of women on these who are at least 20lbs lighter.

 

When you say "I like going straight down the fall line" and like "wide turns", generally that means a stiffer ski. However, if you learn to really turn a ski across the hill and get it to bend, it's a lot of fun. You will become a better skier. Check out the Heads, they have a nice flex. Going "straight" takes little skill unless you're actually racing, in which case it's straight only for a short time.

 

Don't be scared off by their description of race construction. It is in no way a stiff race ski. I also would say it has a pretty wide range of use, it's not just "top skiers" as they say. Int or adv int +. It is a "turny" ski with a 12.5m radius though. They will give yo feedback and respond to subtle input though, which is how they make you a better skier.

 

http://www.head.com/ski/products/skis/performance/isupershape-rally/5988/?region=eu

 

I'd look into the Bushwackers as opposed to the Exp 88. Lot's of lighter skiers on the Black Pearl women's version.

For the Blizzards, probably the CA versus the Ti, but again, you should try them. In those too I'd say 163 or what ever it is. They have a bit of a turned up tail so they ski a little shorter.

post #7 of 10

Interesting revival.    Not that the iRally is a bad ski by any stretch of the imagination, mind.

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Interesting revival.    Not that the iRally is a bad ski by any stretch of the imagination, mind.

ha. I guess I didn't notice the date.

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Interesting revival.    Not that the iRally is a bad ski by any stretch of the imagination, mind.

ha. I guess I didn't notice the date.

 

I wouldn't have noticed the date either if I hadn't known that skier_j is on Steadfasts now. 

post #10 of 10

What length did he go with? He should tie this up and report! lol

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