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300 lb. Skier - Need powder ski suggestions

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Hello all,

 

Im getting ready to take my first trip out west in late December to ski Copper Mtn.  I have wanted to go for the last 10 years but have not found the time to get out there. I was planning only bringing my boots along and demoing some powder skis while there.  My skis I am currently using are 10 years old. Elan Integra 7.0 length 176.  When I bought the skis I was intermediate and now consider myself advanced.  I usually ski 30-40 times per year in the Poconos(Pennsylvania) and make it up to Vermont once a year.  Vermont has been some of my only powder experience except for some fresh powder we get from storms and I make it out to the slopes close by.  

 

I am 6'-2", 290lbs. and consider myself an advanced skier(I prefer to ski diamonds and double diamonds(east coast) as well as the challenges of glades and bumbs(east coast)

 

I have several concerns/questions:

 

1.I plan to take my current boots(only 3 seasons old) and rent/demo skis in Colorado. Should I also rent boots?

2. What ski would be best for me? I am looking to buy new skis but because most of my skiing is done on the east coast I was planning on purchasing all mountain skis. I know the talk when skiing powder is to get a fatter ski designed for powder. With that said, does anyone have a recommendation for me, considering my stats?

3. Does anyone recommend a place to rent skis when I get to the mountain or just rent from the resort?

4. Any insight as to some best practices is also appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance for all your feedback!

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Definitely take your boots with you as a carry-on item.  If you want to demo, that's usually easier on the mountain so that you can easily switch out a few times during the day.

 

High you had to deal with high altitude adjustment before?

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I have never been to high altitude locations while having to perform a great deal of physical activity. I am in decent shape but I know from talking to my girlfriend who ran a half marathon in Denver in the fall, the altitude takes it's toll on you during that kind of physical exertion.
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