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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have been snowboarding the past 2 years and have boarded about 30 days and am pretty solid now (blacks/trees etc). 

I want to try skiing when conditions are great and I'm forced to do groomers. I've skiied about 5 times in my life and could do some blue runs, but just had to control my speed so I didn't lose control.

 

I am going to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo in Denver next month and will be looking for some gear from last year. Has anyone ever been to this expo? What should I expect.

 

Alright, let's get to it, here is my info:

 

 

  • Where in the world are you skiing?

 

Colorado mostly (breck, keystone, beaver creek, vail)

 

  • What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

 

My intent is to snowboard mostly on powder days and ski on groomer days. That being said, I would like to get an good all around pair of skis that wont completely suck if there is some fresh. One that I have been considering is the Sir Francis Bacon if I can find last years.

 

  • How many days a year do you ski?

 

I usually do 15-20. I expect I'll ski at least 10-15 days this year.

 

  • How advanced are you as a skier?

 

Beginner, but I don't want a ski I would outgrow quickly. Looking for probably getting an intermediate-adv setup

 

  • What's your height and weight? 

 

5'11" 175lb

post #2 of 12

do you want to learn how to ski or do you want to have fun or some combo of the both?

 

sir francic bacons as your only skis for non powder day in sometimes snowless Co seems like a bad choice to me.

 

If you want to learn how to ski get something around 170ish and 80mm underfoot with a moderate sidecut and a slightly softer flex. Think Rossi E83.... in a 168 or 173cm

 

If you want to learn how to ski and have fun get a sub 100 if not sub 90 mm all mountain twin about 175 in lenght... Like a Line P90 in a 172 or 179cm...

 

If you do not give a crap what I say get the sir Francois bacon enjoy kinda of skiing all condtitions, and never really learning how to ski.

post #3 of 12

i would get a volkl rtm 73. you can get 2 maybe 3 seasons out of them. and they will be perfect to learn to ski on and wont require much work in the groomers. 

 

especially with the snowboard on powder days. 

 

my friend lifelong snowboarder just got into skiing and he did the same thing that i said last year. 

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

do you want to learn how to ski or do you want to have fun or some combo of the both?

 

sir francic bacons as your only skis for non powder day in sometimes snowless Co seems like a bad choice to me.

 

If you want to learn how to ski get something around 170ish and 80mm underfoot with a moderate sidecut and a slightly softer flex. Think Rossi E83.... in a 168 or 173cm

 

If you want to learn how to ski and have fun get a sub 100 if not sub 90 mm all mountain twin about 175 in lenght... Like a Line P90 in a 172 or 179cm...

 

If you do not give a crap what I say get the sir Francois bacon enjoy kinda of skiing all condtitions, and never really learning how to ski.

I def value your opinion and advice. I was looking at the P90s and those look solid. They seem to be what I'm looking for with the ability to still have fun.

 

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Originally Posted by yuik View Post
 

i would get a volkl rtm 73. you can get 2 maybe 3 seasons out of them. and they will be perfect to learn to ski on and wont require much work in the groomers. 

 

especially with the snowboard on powder days. 

 

my friend lifelong snowboarder just got into skiing and he did the same thing that i said last year. 

 

How would those handle on a day where we got a little bit of fresh snow? Or are they mainly meant for groomers? I will keep them in mind. They look like they have got some really solid reviews.

 

 

What kind of bindings/boots do you think I should look for (last years model?) I dont mind spending a little extra on boots to get the comfort.

post #5 of 12
I agree the Francis Bacon's are fatter than you'd need for the application you'd like to use them for. However, i've heard a lot of good impressions about Line's stuff in the past couple years, so if you like the look of them i'm sure they have a suitable model for groomer int/advanced skiing.

Let me see here... Maybe take a look at the Line Mastermind and also the Line Prophet Flite. Something not too stiff and easy and fun to ski, those look to fit the bill and should give you some headroom to grow into them. I haven't personally tried either of these though, but have owned skis with similar specs and construction.
post #6 of 12

Rocker 2 90 is kind of a good all-rounder that seems like you could learn on and have a lot of fun. A couple of pairs just popped up on geartrade pretty cheap recently as well. (I'm not an expert don't take my opinion too seriously.)

post #7 of 12
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Does anyone else have an opinion on Rocker2? They do seem pretty cheap and looks like they can handle all terrain somewhat reasonably. At least for my skill level? 

post #8 of 12
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Does anyone else have an opinion on Rocker2? They do seem pretty cheap and looks like they can handle all terrain somewhat reasonably. At least for my skill level? 

 

Yes. :)

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Originally Posted by markojp View Post
 

 

Yes. :)

Is 185cm too long for me or perfect? I'm 175 lb 5'11".From what I am reading 185 is prob on the high end for my height. 

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Liquid View Post

I def value your opinion and advice. I was looking at the P90s and those look solid. They seem to be what I'm looking for with the ability to still have fun.


How would those handle on a day where we got a little bit of fresh snow? Or are they mainly meant for groomers? I will keep them in mind. They look like they have got some really solid reviews.


What kind of bindings/boots do you think I should look for (last years model?) I dont mind spending a little extra on boots to get the comfort.

They will be fine for alittle powder . Like 6 inches or so . Also don't get the 185 . Get a bigger ski once you outgrow the current ones and want a stiffer ski too .

An extra 10 cm in a mid level ski won't add much but be more annoying starting out . And for your weight I don't think you would ever want anything over a 180 unless you race


Boots you need to try on . Spend the extra $ to try them on before you buy . Plenty but online from evo gear then return but an expert boot filter can help you alot in person
post #11 of 12
I'm not a boot fitter so I can really give you much help there
post #12 of 12

The Salomons are kind of an exception to the shorter is better thing. They ski short. They're light. While you could go 1 length shorter than the 185 for a few days until you started to get things sorted, once you're blue cruising, the 185 will be much nicer. (The OP's a boarder, not a true beginner, so the mileage and advice varies.)

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