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First "real" skis (Québec)

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Hi,

As the title suggest I'm looking for new skis. I mean real skis because I only had one pair of skis in my life and they are like 2007 or 2008 salomon beginner skis but I've been riding them for two years now and I'd like skis that could help me to learn carving because I only do skidded turns. Even though I'm still skidding I think I'm not too bad because I can ride black diamond trail okay(I'm not really fast in these trails but still have fun). I'm 5'10'' 150lbs and I've been doing a lot of research but I still can't find a ski that would be good for me because I'm not sure what my level would be. So I'd like a carving ski that is quick enough to ride through the trees but because I live in the province of Quebec we never have a lot of powder so I was looking for something around 80-90mm underfoot. So I'd like your advices and opinions.

post #2 of 5

There are lots and lots of options for you here.  Rather than list a bunch of models, maybe I can help by sort of pointing you in the right direction in terms of specs and materials:

 

So, I think what you're looking for would be something in a intermediate-advanced skill category, so you have some room to grow into them but not be initially overwhelmed.  Plenty of side cut.  But not too stiff (you may not want anything with metal sheets).  For trees, probably want an all mountain focused ski with a bias towards on-piste, rather than a dedicated hard snow type of deal.  Hmm...

 

Maybe something in the Rossignol Avenger line?  The ones with the wood core and basalt construction?

 

Perhaps a Head iPeak?  I've demoed the 2012 iPeak 78 PR with the "flow ride" tech instead of the metal topsheet.  Those were nice.  Pretty flexy but should be about perfect for intermediate and improving skier about your size.

 

Hope that helps a little.  :)  If you have a chance to demo some skis, make sure to do that.  It can really help you pin down what you're looking for specifically in a ski. 

post #3 of 5

A good carving ski will be a one-step down from race ski with a narrow waist  (e.g. less than 70 mm) and a 13-m or so side cut radius.  I like Fischer WC SC, but any of these ought to do

http://skicanadamag.com/2012/09/18/gear/slalom-test-2013

 

A good ski for ungroomed soft snow in the trees is a totally different animal.  Something like a Blizzard bushwhacker would do the trick.

 

Everybody needs a quiver!

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Originally Posted by allarda View Post
 I'm 5'10'' 150lbs and I've been doing a lot of research but I still can't find a ski that would be good for me because I'm not sure what my level would be. So I'd like a carving ski that is quick enough to ride through the trees but because I live in the province of Quebec we never have a lot of powder so I was looking for something around 80-90mm underfoot. So I'd like your advices and opinions.

 

Hi,

I'm also in Québec, skiing evenings at Stoneham and weekends at Le Massif (maybe not this year, though) and Mont- St-Anne.

I also ski 2 weeks in Austria.

I'm an advanced to expert skier, skiing everywhere on the mountain, 6', 160lbs.

 

I've been on older Head XRC1200'S for the last years (the predecessor of the Supershape), which is 68mm underfoot, with a 13.5m radius. 

It's a real carver ski that I like really well, performs allright everywhere and allows to ski fast on piste (and ice).

 

This year I got a nice deal (350$) on some 2011/2012 Head iPeak 78 FLR Pro's in 171.  These are still sandwich construction, metal reinforced skis.

I only tried them one evening at Stoneham  and the first impression is very positive: great edgehold (artificial snow), damp and stiff, seem to hold up to speed and allowing different kinds of radii. Haven,t tried them in the bumps yet, but they should be better than my XRC's, thanks to the FLR system.

 

For what you are looking for (trees, 80mm), I think this would be a great ski.  Although I think I'm able to push them at my more advanced level, I think they would be great for intermediates as well, and would allow you to progress.

 

My girlfriends (who is also an advanced/expert skier) is on Head Supershape Magnums (the first series, before Kers) and likes them really well, also for everywhere on the mountain.

 

Other ski I was looking at (I'm a bit cheap: never pay full price) were last year's Atomic Smoke's Ti.  I think they have a bit of a lower speed limit but could be great as well.

 

Another ski to consider would be the Fischer Progressor 800 or 900: not quite 80mm underfoot but an alround East Coast ski that should hold up in the icy days.

 

I'd recommend also looking on Kijiji where you can find some deals on lightly used skis (some people seem to buy new skis every season).

post #5 of 5

Hi,

 

Just a follow-up on my previous post.

 

I skied the Head iPeak 78 FRL Pro's today for the second time, on absolute boilerplate icy conditions at Mont-Ste-Anne, and I have to admit they seem to hold up as well as my carving oriented XRC1200'.s.  Even at high speed they seem to be really stable, even in the 171cm length (I'm 6ft)

 

 

I didn't compare side-by-side, but I think I wouldn,t have had more grip with the XRC's.

 

Also tried them some absolutely terrible icy bosses, and they held up nicely.

 

Bought these on Ebay from Asogear from 350$ (and free shipping), think it my be a nice deal for an "allround" east-coast ski.

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