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Demo day tomorrow! Any ski suggestions for an intermidiate skiier in Colorado?

post #1 of 9
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Hey everyone!

 

I've been a lurker of your fine forums for a while but finally got around to registering recently! I'm originally from the southeast (Nashville) but moved to Colorado a bit over a year ago to get closer to the mountains. Before moving here I exclusively skied with the family only once or twice a year; I would get 3 maybe 4 days in a year and the years we went were sporadic. For reference: I'm 25 now and I started when I was 14 or so. I've always been good at inline skating and ice skating though, so skiing came fairly easily to me when I started.

 

Fast forward to last year when I got an epic local pass (weee!) and around 15-20 days on the slopes. After finally reacquainting myself with the sport, I've become comfortable on the groomed blues at Keystone and Breck (I will still occasionally find myself on some intimidating sections of blues at A-basin.) I would like to start hitting some more challenging terrain and getting off-piste a bit but I would really like to get a couple lessons in with someone who knows what they are doing just to make sure my basics are solid.

 

All that being said, tomorrow at Keystone they are having a demo day and I would really like some suggestions of what skis I should be looking at. The bug has bitten me hard and I would really like to have skis of my own. I already have a pair of Dalbello boots and I spent a good chunk of cash on rentals last year. I'd really like a good, men's all-mountain ski that will be solid on groomers but also be able to hit some powder when I want to. I do live in Colorado, after all! I guess I should also mention that I'm 6'1" and about 180-200 pounds depending on how work is going :o.

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated, and I hope to see some of you on the slopes this season!

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

Not exactly intermediate skis but forgiving enough that they will not kick you butt and with a big enough performance window that you will not out grow them.  Everything I'm suggesting is in the 90 - 100mm range.  Not to skinny and not to fat.  Most would consider my suggestions all moutain skis.  Be sure to experiment with length as well.  At your size and ability my best guess is that 180 - 185cm is going to be the sweet spot.  All the sales reps will be there.  Take the time to chat with them, ask advice, etc.

 

Armada TST

Armada ARV Ti

Atomic Access

Blizzard Kabookie

LIne Sick Day 95

Line Prophet 98 or 90

Rossignol Sin 7

Salomon Q-98

post #3 of 9

I'd suggest narrower.  An 80-90mm ski will be much easier to learn to ski bumps which cover pretty much all the terrain you'll be looking to get into.  Talk to the reps about what they suggest in that range.  I'd also say a little shorter at 175-180, but again talk to to the reps about length since each ski is different.

post #4 of 9

Give the Volkl Kendo a shot if they have it available.  It's likely to be the stiffest ski you try of the lot, but you weigh enough to where it shouldn't be pushing you around too much.

 

Good luck demoing and have fun! :)

post #5 of 9

See if they have Fischer Watea 88 or 96 or the Motive series of skis.  Here's some idea of what you can find deal-wise...

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Fischer-Motive-88-Skis

http://www.levelninesports.com/Fischer-Motive-84-Skis-Wcline-13-Bindings

 

If you have to live in the southeast US, Nashville is a pretty fine place!

post #6 of 9

I love the Volkl Kendo, but it's the stiffest and most demanding ski in the 90ish class skis.   Make sure you also try others.  From Volkl you might like the Bridge or the RTM 84.  In general, Volkls are more demanding.

 

I think the Rossi Experience 88 (E88) may be a better choice for you.   Assuming Rossi is there, try to work through their line: E83, E88, E98, and the Smash 7, Sin 7, and Soul 7.   That would be a great sampling of widths in the firm and soft snow genres of all mountain skis.  You'll get a good feel for the differences and some good data points to apply to other brands (ie if you like the E88, here are 5 similar skis to consider... or you might get enough info to jump on a deal like the Fisher's above if they are not there).

 

Have fun!  Post here from the hill if you can and let us know if you have any questions.

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I'd suggest narrower.  An 80-90mm ski will be much easier to learn to ski bumps which cover pretty much all the terrain you'll be looking to get into.  Talk to the reps about what they suggest in that range.  I'd also say a little shorter at 175-180, but again talk to to the reps about length since each ski is different.
and many into the low 90mm range. These will help you advance from your intermediate level. Skis like the Head rev 90, Salomon quest90 and blizzard Bushwacker/ brahma are a few that come to mind. Skis that will hold our hand and you inprove and get better with you as you improve. Also, iirc, Breckinridge has a great lesson program, I would suggest looking into that, good coaching goes far further than any ski in helping you get better .
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^^^ Listen to Phil.  You'll likely have to prioritize.  Contrary to what I said above about trying all the Rossi's (including some 98-105's), stick to 84-94 unless you've run out of skis in that width.  Even then you might go back and try a pair a second time if you like them.

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^^^ Listen to Phil.  You'll likely have to prioritize.  Contrary to what I said above about trying all the Rossi's (including some 98-105's), stick to 84-94 unless you've run out of skis in that width.  Even then you might go back and try a pair a second time if you like them.

TRUE. These are 'different" skis than what you are used to, you will immediately get better as the day goes on..go back and try your favorite ski of the morning, in the afternoon, you will be pleasantly surprised. 

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