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post #1 of 6
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Hey all,

 

I will be moving to Salt Lake City in January and will spend two winter seasons out there. As of now I am getting a season pass to the Canyons since I have friends in the Park City area, but I will likely commit to a resort in the Cottonwoods the following year. I am looking for some advice on skis to demo/purchase so I can hit the slopes ASAP. I am going to try to go the the park city ski swap in a couple of weeks when I am out there looking for a place to live. Right now, I ski about 60% blue groomers and 40% single blacks. Not much experience off-piste, trees or powder yet, but I hope to solidify and strengthen my overall technique this season so that I can hit blacks and off-piste more frequently next season. 

I am 5'10", 175lbs and a religious mountain biker if that helps. Top speed is not essential for my ski experience; I like to carve and power down steep bumps.  I did rent a few skis last season but completely forgot what they were. I was disappointed with one pair though, as they felt so unstable and loose under my feet. I don't know if that was because my skills were lacking, or the specs of the skiis were designed for a style not like mine. 

 

Any suggestions? 

 

Thanks for any input!

post #2 of 6

Suggest you change your name. 

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Suggest you change your name. 

I love the name...on a woman. Right up there with Kutz Glass

post #4 of 6

I'd be looking at SLC Craigslist along with gear swap here and over on TGR.  Get your boots dialed in first though and perhaps demo some ski options.  All of the places you list will have decent demos or top end rental options at the resort or local shops.  Find a couple models you like then search for an inexpensive used older model if you can't antie up for a new pair.  I also don't buy anything all that expensive and find ways to keep up anyway.

post #5 of 6

So first ... Welcome to EpicSki and congratulations on your choice of residence for the next couple of years.  Plenty of exceptional skiing to be found in the area.

 

If you're going to be gearing up for the winter, the single most important component is your boots.  Find an expert, qualified bootfitter (not a boot salesman) and get properly fit for a pair of boots.  Sleep on a park bench for a month, save the rent money and spend it at the bootfitter.  Sell a kidney on the black market and spend the proceeds at the bootfitter.  Become a male stripper and lose your dignity (if not your virginity) for the price of a well fit pair of boots.  Get the drift?

 

A great pair of skis with the wrong boots is like putting SRAM XX1 components on a Mongoose and expecting to get a Specialized S-Works Epic.

 

Your best bet for skis is to demo a bunch to figure out what you like, but it sounds like you want something to start the season with.  You probably want to start with something in the "All Mountain" category - which is generally biased 60/40 toward front side skiing, but it still has some versatility for off-piste skiing.  Volkl RTM, Blizzard Magnum, Noridica Hell & Back and Rossignol Experience series are all in this category. I would probably recommend something in the low-to-mid 80's in width and something like 172 or178 in length.  There are better powder skis and better carving skis and better bump skis, but any of these would work well until you get a better handle on what you like to ski.

 

If you're going to a ski swap, take a knowledgeable friend ... otherwise you'll likely wind up with a good looking pair of crappy skis.

 

Last, I tend to agree with Beyond ... It's really hard to take a dude with the handle "SnowNipples" all too seriously.  But if you're OK with it then not much more to say :)

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So first ... Welcome to EpicSki and congratulations on your choice of residence for the next couple of years.  Plenty of exceptional skiing to be found in the area.

 

If you're going to be gearing up for the winter, the single most important component is your boots.  Find an expert, qualified bootfitter (not a boot salesman) and get properly fit for a pair of boots.  Sleep on a park bench for a month, save the rent money and spend it at the bootfitter.  Sell a kidney on the black market and spend the proceeds at the bootfitter.  Become a male stripper and lose your dignity (if not your virginity) for the price of a well fit pair of boots.  Get the drift?

 

A great pair of skis with the wrong boots is like putting SRAM XX1 components on a Mongoose and expecting to get a Specialized S-Works Epic.

 

Your best bet for skis is to demo a bunch to figure out what you like, but it sounds like you want something to start the season with.  You probably want to start with something in the "All Mountain" category - which is generally biased 60/40 toward front side skiing, but it still has some versatility for off-piste skiing.  Volkl RTM, Blizzard Magnum, Noridica Hell & Back and Rossignol Experience series are all in this category. I would probably recommend something in the low-to-mid 80's in width and something like 172 or178 in length.  There are better powder skis and better carving skis and better bump skis, but any of these would work well until you get a better handle on what you like to ski.

 

If you're going to a ski swap, take a knowledgeable friend ... otherwise you'll likely wind up with a good looking pair of crappy skis.

 

Last, I tend to agree with Beyond ... It's really hard to take a dude with the handle "SnowNipples" all too seriously.  But if you're OK with it then not much more to say :)

 

Dude! Thanks for the help! 

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