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Hi!

 

I'm looking for a new pair of skis and I would really appreciate some help finding a good pair of skis!

- I've been skiing for 20 years, mostly in groomed snow (downhill). I currently have a pair of Atomic Race GS TI (183 cm) which I try to use at least 4-6 weeks every winter. I did competitions in various types of downhill skiing until I was 16yo.

- I've been skiing in powder a couple of times every season, but borrowing gear from friends. 

- I live in the northern parts of Europe, I'm 5'11" and weigh about 220 pounds

 

I wan't a pair of skis that are good for powder, that are playful and not useless in groomed snow. I've been looking at Blizzard Cochise (185) and Atomic Automatic (186).

 

Could you guys give me some advice? Which skis should I be looking at?

post #2 of 8

Welcome to Epic ski.  At your weight you really need to go longer.  I have the Automatic in the 193 length, as I am a big guy too.  You really want at least 115 at the waist IMO for your next powder ski. As you are in Yurp, I won't suggest the Indies I like that are made in the USA. That said, look here for ideas once they have their 13/14 stock in: http://www.telemark-pyrenees.com/en/  I have bought a few pair of skis from these guys and was really happy with the service, shipping and price.

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For Yurp and to cover all conditions, I'd take the Cochise in the 185, even at 220lbs. You also might look at a 185 Nordica El Capo. I don't know how they'd ski at your weight, but the Kastle FX 104 or 94 might be nice if they agree with your pocket book.
post #4 of 8

I've always been a fan of Dynastar's big mountain offerings.  I'd check out the Cham 107 or the Cham HM model in the 190cm.

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The Cochise is a great all around ski, but I wouldn't say it's good in pow.  The Automatic is more in line with that.  But depending on how much or how little snow you get where you ski in Europe, maybe it would be more important to get a ski that excels in variable, as opposed to powder.
 

Since you're in Europe, give Down Skis a look.  Their presale might still be available.  Last I checked, the prices were pretty good but no US shipping.  The CD3 has nice dims and rocker profile, at least in my opinion.  Looks like it should crush variable and be decent in powder (they refer to it as a fun charging ski).  Though it has a variable 29-55M turn radius so depending on your definition of useless on groomers...

 

In addition to what's been mentioned, I'd take a look at the Patron/Helldorado, Rocker2 115, and Volkl One (which looks to be pretty awesome).  These would make groomers more accessible compared to the CD3. Patron/Helldo, especially.


Edited by Hoss - 9/27/13 at 12:39pm
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be more important to get a ski that excels in variable, as opposed to powder.

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The Cochise is a great all around ski, but I wouldn't say it's good in pow.  The Automatic is more in line with that.  But depending on how much or how little snow you get where you ski in Europe, maybe it would be more important to get a ski that excels in variable, as opposed to powder.

Want to ski pow and crush variable snow?  Buy these http://www.telemark-pyrenees.com/en/movementtrust1314-p-145697.html

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Klint Krypto is a good ski; if looking at the 188 its only got a 9.6cm waiste but the rocker is big and combined with a big camber, gives good float plus very nimble.  

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