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Australian skier heading to Canada, Gear advice please

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Thread Starter 
Hey guys, I've been looking round this forum for a while now and figured I should become a member to get in on the action. So as the title sort of suggests, I'm an Australian skier coming over to America/ Canada for the winter, but am going to be skiing predominantly Lake Louise (because that's where my cousin will be working as well as another friend). So I would just like some advice on which ski for me to bring over, out of my collection I'd only think about two of the pairs, but if they won't suit conditions I'm happy to invest in another pair. The two pairs of mine are the:
Armada El Rey 171cm- 121-85-111
Dynastar 6th Sense Huge- 175cm -140-115-130.

My weight is 70kg ( 154lbs I think)
My height is 175cm (5'7 I think also)
I'm a younger aggressive skier who will ski everywhere but the park.

Would either of those skis be appropriate? Or would something like the volkl bridge with the dimensions 128-95-115 be a better mix for Lake Louise conditions?

Anyway hopefully get a bit of feed back on an appropriate ski, which would be great.

Thanks in advance!
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At the Lake, you can expect variable conditions.  The front side is often hard pack groomer.  The back side has a fair amount of wind sift and fresh snow - think 10 cm fairly often with more after a dump.  I mostly ski the back side and typical winter conditions at LL includes lots of bumps, hard snow days, etc.  The Canadian Rockies have wonderful dry powder, when we get it  Most often, I use skis that are in the 90 to 100ish width range at LL.   I have been perfectly happy at the lake on skis that are in the mid 80 width as well but I rarely use my Automatics (115 under foot) at LL. I don't know how you ski or what you enjoy; however, I suspect that, if you had both pairs at LL, you would ski the Armadas most often.  Of course, if you only take the El Rays, there will be some of days that you wished you had the Dynastar. 

 

I would agree with your alternative idea for something with a size like the Bridge for the Canadian Rockies.  IMHO, a ski of this "mid fat" size would be a more enjoyable ski for most days at LL  than the El Ray, and you would also be happy using it at places like Kicking Horse where it more likely dump. 

post #3 of 9
I completely agree. Also new here but louise is tourist covered on any holiday. I usually go straight to the backside and play where I can find snow. However it usually has a crust from the wind or is packed. Stiffer crud skis would do well for most of the hill. However on occasion it really dumps; and you'll want wider skis for sure!
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies guys!
After hearing this I'd be more inclined to buy a 'mid fat ski'. But still have time to decide to before I'd head over.
Another question, in regard to the holiday periods over in Canada, would December/ January or January/ February be less crowded? I'm thinking January/ February but just making sure.
Thanks again
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Thanks for the replies guys!
After hearing this I'd be more inclined to buy a 'mid fat ski'. But still have time to decide to before I'd head over.
Another question, in regard to the holiday periods over in Canada, would December/ January or January/ February be less crowded? I'm thinking January/ February but just making sure.
Thanks again

SInce Dec/Jan includes the two week Christmas holidays, I assume Jan/Feb is better.  That's certainly the case in the U.S.  If you look at lodging prices, should be pretty obvious when crowds are expected.  Besides, snow conditions are definitely better later.  

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Thread Starter 
Sorry about the delay between posts, have been busy with university and the Australian snow. Have also booked flights to Canada which is pretty exciting.

On average the ski runs in Canada are much longer than in Australia. So the only other thing I'm concerned about is the ski lengths, I feel the more comfortable than ever on my 171cm el reys (me standing at 175cm), but would these be to short for the Canadian conditions? Would a longer ski be more suited to the large slopes of Canada?
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been busy with the Australian snow.

171cm grass skis aren't recommended. :D Check if the resort has seasonal rentals or buy when you get there. Keep in mind that the airlines can (and sometimes do) enforce a "1 pair per ski bag" policy.

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Originally Posted by ozskiier View Post

Thanks for the replies guys!
After hearing this I'd be more inclined to buy a 'mid fat ski'. But still have time to decide to before I'd head over.
Another question, in regard to the holiday periods over in Canada, would December/ January or January/ February be less crowded? I'm thinking January/ February but just making sure.
Thanks again

I note you have already booked your flight but would add that the middle two weeks of February are very busy because of numerous Canadian and American holidays.

post #9 of 9

El rey's, then demo a bunch of stuff when you get there until you find what you want.

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