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post #1 of 8
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Ok.  Apologize if this has been asked and answered but I could not find it if it was.  

 

I am debating a new set of ski's.  May well hold off, as I am not at all unhappy with my old Head Cross TI's from around 2001 or so.

 

But I have been skiing more and talking with people about skis.  So I am curious. I could probably use new boots more but that could be another story.

 

Basically I am 5'11, around 170-175 lbs.  Advanced (expert??) skier.  Put it this way.  Never had more than one formal lesson but I can hold my own on the East Coast (only been out West 3 times) with about 25 years of skiing (I am 40).  Maybe not the prettiest form but working on that and feeling better this season than ever.

 

As the user name indicates, I live in NJ.  So options are not the greatest locally.  Been skiing mostly Mountain Creek with trips to the Poconos or Vermont (next year a trip to Sun Valley is planned!!!).  

 

Having grown up in PA, I am pretty comfortable on icy slopes and have no problems with steeps.  

 

I truly enjoy mogul runs and am getting pretty good at mid-size ones.  A trip to Killington and Outer Limits humbled me a bit.  Ok, conditions were bad and maybe I just needed more runs, but . . .

 

If I were to get new skis, I would want something that makes moguls easier, while not being worse than my current skis on the rest of the mountain.  Might demo some stuff in Idaho next year, so maybe getting a head start, maybe will look at end of year sales or maybe just daydreaming a bit as the idea is more interesting than my current work assignment.  

 

Oh.  Should add.  Open to just about any brand but I do have a preference for Head or Dynastar as I have had good experiences.  And a bias against Elan, thanks to buying what were likely a bad choice many years ago.  

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by NJSkier72 View Post
I could probably use new boots more but that could be another story.

This is all the information needed.  Buy new boots and then think about skis.  No kidding.

 

You won't know what your new skis would do if you don't have good boots.

 

In order you should get:

Boots

Boots

Boots

 

 

Skis

post #3 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki.  This year your choice for a good mogul ski is simple; Scott has brought back The Ski, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yFiC8sHVeA and http://www.epicski.com/t/118601/review-2014-the-ski-by-bobbie-burns-and-scott   But, if you boots are more than 5-6 years old, you need new boots first.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum, read the wikis about fitting and terminology and then check the "Who's Who" for the fitters in your area and there is at least one very good one in or near NYC.

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

This is all the information needed.  Buy new boots and then think about skis.  No kidding.

 

You won't know what your new skis would do if you don't have good boots.

 

In order you should get:

Boots

Boots

Boots

 

 

Skis

I heard that is common advice here.  My old boots, even older than the ski's were top of the line Solomon with a custom insert.  Not that they are comfortable but I am also scared to replace them, others have been so much worse.  Bottom right buckle is broken and a ski shop told me I cannot replace it anymore.  Not sure if that is true, but it is the bottom one, so while ugly, no big deal.

post #5 of 8

This guy, known here are drbalance

 

 

Jeff Rich

U.S. Orthotic Center

515 Madison Avenue
New York NY 10022

email: drbalance@msn.com

(212) 832-1648

Board Certified Pedorthist co-owner and R&D Director at Masterfit Enterprises. He is the inventor of all Masterfit insole and fit aid products including Instaprint Hi-Definition Custom InsolesZapz Microwavable Custom Insoles, and EZ Fit Auto-Adaptable Insoles

 

Call, make an appointment and go see him.  You will be amazed what someone like him can do.  My Dalbello Krypton Cross IDs are comfortable enough that I can leave them buckled all day and never have any pain yet they give me more control than I've ever had before.  I have Instaprint footbeds in them.  You don't need "top of the line" boots, you just need boots that fit your feet properly.

 

There is also a fitter on the list in NJ.


Edited by mtcyclist - 3/20/13 at 1:00pm
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by NJSkier72 View PostMay well hold off, as I am not at all unhappy with my old Head Cross TI's from around 2001 or so.

 

The blue ones?  Those were some good skis.  I had some Super Cross Ti's and some Monsters.  Fun stuff back in the day.

 

But, get proper boots first.  Then look at skis. 

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Thanks.  Will check that out.  

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Originally Posted by Caucasian Asian View Post

 

The blue ones?  Those were some good skis.  I had some Super Cross Ti's and some Monsters.  Fun stuff back in the day.

 

But, get proper boots first.  Then look at skis. 

Yup, the blue ones.  Good memory.  Wife has always skied Heads and had a pair of the Cyber which were a couple of years older.  I wanted to get some K2's but the guy at the shop offered the Heads on a tremendous discount and I could not turn it down.  Held up well and really no good reason to replace them, but . . .

 

And given the advice here, maybe I will need to look in the boot direction.  

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