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Hey everyone, Been reading and learning a lot for a while now. Thanks for all the great info in older posts.

 

Anyway, I started skiing a few seasons ago after playing hockey my entire life and was immediately hooked. I bought my first pair of boots last year at the advice of everyone here, and I think I'm ready to buy my first pair of skis (or at least get serious about looking).

 

I'm 26 y/o, 6ft tall and weigh 240, trying to get down to 220. Live in Kansas City and frequent the man-made hill in town, but primarily ski in Colorado. I got 10 days last year, and bought an Epic Pass for this year so that number should go up. I'd say I spend 60% of my time on piste, but love getting into the trees and bumps as well. I'd say my skiing ability is a high 6, into a 7. 

 

Because I don't live in an area that I get to chase storms, I'm pretty much stuck with whatever conditions exist when I arrive. That means a one-ski quiver for me. I was thinking something in the 85-90mm underfoot range. Cost isn't too big of a concern, but I'm not trying to break the bank either. The short list of ski's that I have been eyeing are...

 

Rossignol Experience 88

Line Prophet 85 or 90

Blizzard Brahma

 

Thoughts/opinions/Anything else to consider?

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Welcome to EpicSki!  Can't help on skis but wanted to mention this thread by another hockey player in his 20's. You are more advanced, but might find some useful advice.  Just so happens the OP is also in Kansas City.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117292/first-time-for-a-former-hockey-player

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Hey everyone, Been reading and learning a lot for a while now. Thanks for all the great info in older posts.

 

Anyway, I started skiing a few seasons ago after playing hockey my entire life and was immediately hooked. I bought my first pair of boots last year at the advice of everyone here, and I think I'm ready to buy my first pair of skis (or at least get serious about looking).

 

I'm 26 y/o, 6ft tall and weigh 240, trying to get down to 220. Live in Kansas City and frequent the man-made hill in town, but primarily ski in Colorado. I got 10 days last year, and bought an Epic Pass for this year so that number should go up. I'd say I spend 60% of my time on piste, but love getting into the trees and bumps as well. I'd say my skiing ability is a high 6, into a 7. 

 

Because I don't live in an area that I get to chase storms, I'm pretty much stuck with whatever conditions exist when I arrive. That means a one-ski quiver for me. I was thinking something in the 85-90mm underfoot range. Cost isn't too big of a concern, but I'm not trying to break the bank either. The short list of ski's that I have been eyeing are...

 

Rossignol Experience 88

Line Prophet 85 or 90

Blizzard Brahma

 

Thoughts/opinions/Anything else to consider?

Thanks!

Of the three that you mentioned, I would say the Brahma is the only one that will hold you up. Others that are strong skis on that 90mm range.. Volkl Kendo, Kastle MX88 and the Stockli VXL are other strong contenders. 

post #4 of 5

I would recommend looking at Blizzard. Their Magnum 8.0/8.5 TI are really good. I ski on piste all the time and I'm a big guy weighing in at 270 and I love the 8.0TI

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If your interested, I am selling some 181 Blizzard Mag 8.7 in gear swap.


They would be really good at your level.

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