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Taking my son to Snowbird this Sunday for a week, do I have the right skis for him?

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My son is 17 years old, 6' and 170 pounds.  Solid, Midwestern skier but has never been out west, much less seen powder.  I have a pair of Head Peak 88's (black and grey ones, replaced the Monster) in 175.  Those were my skis until this year, and have 35 days on them in BCC and LCC.  Yes, they held me back on deep snow days, but overall I really like them.

 

Because he is a newbie, and this will be his first taste of real skiing, is my thinking correct that he should be on a ski like this?  Right in the sweet spot of his weight and ability level, and wide enough for moderate snow days?  

 

If it comes down to it, he can ski on my Rossi S3's in 186 and I will ski the Heads.  I do have access to Bent Chetlers in 185 and 195 from a friend though.  But who wants to borrow skis when you can just ride your own, you know?  

 

Any thoughts?  It looks like all the snow is coming between now and Monday, but who knows.  Thanks for your help!

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126/88/112 are the dimensions of the Head Peak 88's, if that helps

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He will be fine with that ski, The past few days have been amazing, can always demo a powder board if we get a big dump, but i do not see anything in the forecast. Dot worry to much about the equipment and just enjoy the snow. I do the same thing all the time, worry if i am on the right ski. Then i remeber the vide of guys in china ripping down the hill on giant wooden skis and am reminded its not all the equipment

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We will hopefully be skiing by noon Sunday, and it shows snow in the forecast.  I'm thinking stick to Peruvian Express and check out the runs around Chips and see how he does.  He is pumped to ride the Tram, but there is time for that.  If he does good, maybe Bookends Monday morning to show him around and then who knows!   

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yea there is so much great stuff to ski at snowbird you can not go wrong. I will probably be up there myself, you are going to have a blast

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Ill be up there next week too.  Cant wait

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He will be fine with that ski, The past few days have been amazing, can always demo a powder board if we get a big dump, but i do not see anything in the forecast. Dot worry to much about the equipment and just enjoy the snow. I do the same thing all the time, worry if i am on the right ski. Then i remeber the vide of guys in china ripping down the hill on giant wooden skis and am reminded its not all the equipment

 +1

 

I just came back from the Bird, and the conditions this past Thurs and Fri were awesome! Found plenty of spots with just under the knee deep fresh and some great tree skiing.

I was on my Fischer Motive 88s and never felt I needed more width...

Went up to the Bird on Sat morning, before heading to the airport, to pick up some new T's and it was again snowing like stink! Forecast was for some snow each day thru Wed.

Shame I had to leave, because the mtn was recovering well from the earlier heat wave and resulting boilerplate.

He/You will have a wonderful time.

Do bring some good lowlight/low contrast goggles (as well as bright sun stuff). If it's snowin durin the day the visibility can be really sketchy unless you're deep in the trees...

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The skis are fine. Not that you asked for, or need, any other advice but, if you want really to make a difference - and perhaps create a lifelong addict - hire one of the great Snowbird instructors and the two of you spend a day with him developing your skills in what will likely be soft crud. It'll be a fantastic experience and you'll both gain more in that time than you could in years of trial and error.

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