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I am an expert skier who lived in aspen for several years and have heli-skied. Used to race GS and SL in high school. Now I live in east and I am getting back into skiing. Been out of it for a while. Now I am Teaching kids. Always have loved Volkl. I love a snappy tail and for sure a wood core skier. Never minded the weight of volkl on it off piste. In east, I will mostly be ripping groomers and occasionally some bumps and rare pow days.
I'd rather buy a used ski and not spend too much. Which volkl or if there are others should I get. Also size advice. BTW. I still have my old RS super 205 they were fast. My favorite ski in aspen was Volkl RS 195 not super the less still one. Any advice. I'm 5 11 and 180.
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How big is the ski hill you will be skiing on, or better yet, can you list them.

 

I would go with a one-step-down from FIS Race ski, unless your are close to some exceptionally snowy places, but the question is SL or GS or in between.  SL sized turns work out to be more useful on small hills, GS only on bigger hills and only if you spend more of your time at gs speeds.  For most medium sized hills a 16 m radius or there abouts is good.

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I would hunt down some used Volkl Racetiger SL 165. Beware the super high din bindings tho for x there is a nice looking pair on eBay now w wc bindings din 11-20. Too much retention for recreational skiing.

My history of skis sounds sim to yours ( 203 volkl SL one of my fAv skis ever ) Best piece of ski gear I have ever owned is current main steed 170 Head isupershapes 2008/2009 ( non kers model)

Unfortunately you will never find a used pair and you cannot have mine.....

Allstar, 5 star tiger shark 168 all are other good volkl ski' s but if you love race skis and volkl you need race tigers.

If you had the budget for new skis I would recco consult with our dawgcatching, the source for my isupershapes.

My .02. Good luck! I guess per usual I am kinda agreeing w ghost here......
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Originally Posted by shizle15 View Post

I am an expert skier who lived in aspen for several years and have heli-skied. Used to race GS and SL in high school. Now I live in east and I am getting back into skiing. Been out of it for a while. Now I am Teaching kids. Always have loved Volkl. I love a snappy tail and for sure a wood core skier. Never minded the weight of volkl on it off piste. In east, I will mostly be ripping groomers and occasionally some bumps and rare pow days.
I'd rather buy a used ski and not spend too much. Which volkl or if there are others should I get. Also size advice. BTW. I still have my old RS super 205 they were fast. My favorite ski in aspen was Volkl RS 195 not super the less still one. Any advice. I'm 5 11 and 180.

 

Are you teaching kids professionally? Or just your own kids? Or what?

 

My comment is as predictable as Ghost's, I suppose: Evaluate where you are NOW with the reality of your skiing situation before jumping to the conclusion that because you raced in high school 20 years ago you should still / again be on race gear. Maybe you should, maybe you shouldn't. How many days are you going to ski? Where? On what runs? With whom?

 

It's also worth noting that for a very long time if you were a strong skier race gear was the only thing worth being on, because everything else was a halfway measure. Ski design and construction have come a long way, baby, and it may be possible to have your cake and eat it too in a way that was impossible in 1993. 

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I just demo'd 5 GS ski's in this thread: http://www.epicski.com/t/123793/probably-the-least-informative-multi-ski-review-on-epicski-yet-to-the-point

 

I myself was looking for a good front-side ripper.  I'm sure any one of them would work very well for you.  Good luck.  

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