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What? Another request for ski recommendations? Oh noes....

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Hi.

 

I learned on skis, then went to snowboard for years and am looking to get back into skiing.  Previously on skis I was just getting into single-blacks.  On a 'board I was totally comfortable on single-blacks, mostly in the Tahoe area with a couple trips up to Whistler/Blackcomb.  Nothing super crazy, but fun.  Friend of mine absconded with my 'board a long while ago, so in trying to figure out what I want to do since I'm starting from scratch, I took a look at what I wanted to ride ... (and that getting stuck on the flats, blows.  Hard.  =)

 

So...

 

6'6" 230 and dropping - targetting 210-ish. Tall, but not super-heavy.  

Fairly athletic for a desk-jockey.

Short term target terrain:  Lift-jockey

Long-term target terrain:  AT/skimo/off-piste  Been reading too much Cold Thistle.  I'm also part of our local SAR OES-Type1 team, and we climb stuff.

Target area:  Tahoe and surrounding, mostly.  I live down in the Bay Area, California, and trips way up north, over to Utah or down down to NM are not out of the question.

 

Okay.  I need something which doesn't fall apart at the resorts while I re-find my ski-legs.  I don't have the cash to buy a full complement of skis, and I'm not selling off any of the kids (not that I haven't thought about it... :P )  so something  "one-ski quiver."  Does not need to excel at any one thing; getting to 80%-sh across most of the board (AT/randonee) is ideal.  Preferably I can do a little XC/touring with them too, in an ideal world.  Pipe dreams and rainbows and unicorns.  Got it.

 

Recommendations/favorites?

 

Huge thanks in advance!

 

-Mike (mox)

post #2 of 4

Mike, when I came back to skiing, I purchased new boots that fit well and used skis for the first few seasons.  Your a big guy, so a ski in the 185 range is likely appropriate.  For ease of skiing, maybe 85-95 underfoot.  There are so many skis that would work for you.  Look at the older reviews here (for used equipment). Dynastar Sultan 85's or Legend 94's are a nice skis and can be found cheap. Rossi S3's or Blizzard Bushwhackers would be a good choice. 

See what is out there on ebay and here in Gear Swap and then look at reviews to see what you think.  Once you have been skiing a few years and like it, then buy new skis. Just my 2 cents.

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback.  It does look like I need to make my way to a good bootfitter and bite the bullet on that one.  I was looking at a number of skis in the 185-191 range, 88 waisted, and you're right that there are a ton in that category!  So many choices ... too many.  What surprised me, though, was the cost of bindings!  

 

Anyways, thanks again for the response!  I'm surprised that I don't see any bootfitters on The List for the California Bay Area; the nearest are in Tahoe or LA of all places!  =)

 

-mox

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What surprised me, though, was the cost of bindings!  

 

Anyways, thanks again for the response!  I'm surprised that I don't see any bootfitters on The List for the California Bay Area; the nearest are in Tahoe or LA of all places!  =)

 

-mox

I have bought lots of used bindings in the Gear Swap forum at TGR.  Then in Tech Talk read the "Mount you own bindings" thread.  It isn't rocket science;)

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