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Thread Starter 

I haven't asked a "which one" question for a long time, but decided to do so for this ski to focus my choices.   I'm thinking of adding a carver with a mid-size radius (e.g., 16 - 17 meter) to my skis for next year.   I'm now 55 and fit.  I ski at resorts about 70 - 80 days per year, which is a bit down from years past because I'm spending more time skiing at alternative areas.  I tend to be an athletic and aggressive skier and I enjoy the feeling of being on rails when turning.  My current carvers are an older pair of 165 Atomic sl 12 and older 183 Rossi GS WC.  I probably could include my 180 MX 88s in there as carvers as well.  Other skis include185 Bonifides and 186 Automatics, both of which I love, especially the Bones. 

 

My thinking is that on cruiser days (hard snow during dry spells), I love to spend my time carving on groomers and would like something between an sl and gs ski.  Slalom skis are fun but not always for all day cruising.  GS race skis are also very fun when the slopes are not busy (early mornings), but not optimum when lots of people about.  My bigger/fatter skis are used a lot but are not as much fun on old snow hard days.

 

I have not spent much time looking at front-side carving skis for quite a while as I have been mostly happy with hand-me-ups from my kids racing.  So... advice regarding skis in this category (mid radius carver) would be most welcome. 


Edited by canadianskier - 8/12/13 at 6:44pm
post #2 of 13

Stockli Laser SC

 

Thank me later.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Looked at it just now - sounds interesting - what length do you use? 

post #4 of 13

I'm 5-11 abut 195 and have the 170. 

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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

I'm 5-11 abut 195 and have the 170. 


I reckon a 170 would be fine.  But even for myself: 5'8" 175, i'd be concerned with over-powering them and having the tips buckle on me.  Especially if you're ripping 45-50 mph, digging in hard.  I'd rather have a longer ski that I don't have to be concerned with over-torquing at high speeds. A 170 ain't much length for a fella almost 6 feet tall.  That said, damn good ski recommendation.  Stokli's are bomb proof.

post #6 of 13

I rarely ski that fast and like to shorten the radius at times. There's a lot of room between SL and GS. Pick your poison.  Never felt like not enough ski to me. 

 

OP, they are pricey. Don't demo without knowing what it may cost you. 

post #7 of 13

I loved my Blizzard G-force Supersonics for that kind of stuff. Since they're being thrown out next season, maybe the Blizzard G-power FS IQ could be an option? Or else a Blizzard Magnum 8.0 TI? Haven't been on them, but it gets quite a few fine reviews

post #8 of 13
Head I TITAN in 177 14.7M radius ...129-79-115.
I also happen to have a pair FS. smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif
post #9 of 13

Dynastar speed course TI. Great versatile carving machine.I ski a 177cm I am 6' 195lbs, and take it pretty much everywhere except the woods. Iwould sya that this ski makes great medium radius turns. Great stick, if you can find them.

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Originally Posted by Basil J View Post

Dynastar speed course TI. Great versatile carving machine.I ski a 177cm I am 6' 195lbs, and take it pretty much everywhere except the woods. Iwould sya that this ski makes great medium radius turns. Great stick, if you can find them.

We have some demos in 177 for sale, fully prepped and tuned. Also know of some Fischer Progressor 10+ in a 175 that are available. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions so far.  I had not thought about some of the skis that have been mentioned - .  Although I'm not prepared to buy yet, I'll keep these in mind.  Will be spending the next 12 days biking in the French Alps and will pick up ski shopping when I return.  

post #12 of 13

If you will be in the Alps, wouldn't the temptation be too great to have a quick look in one of the local mountain shops, that sells last year's models for practically nothing? In Northern Italy I could hardly resist myself from picking up a pair.... Good luck and have fun biking.wink.gif

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Yeah, I thought of that and will probably look...but to bring a second oversize extra bag (in addition to my bike bag) on Air Vampire might cost up to an extra $100+, which would eat up any cost savings.  My son just got nuked an extra $170 (one way) to get his skis to Chile.

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