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Need help choosing the right skis [Midwest, returning after 10 year break]

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I skied a fair amount up until about 10 years ago when my son was born.  From then up until this year, I've only skied a handful of days.  Now my kids are getting older and really enjoying being on the mountain so we'll be skiing quite a bit more.  I'd guess, we'll ski 20-30 days this year.  I've started to look at skis, but a lot has changed since the last time I bought new skis (2001) so I could really use some help. Also, I've not skied on what I'll call modern skis.  Currently skiing my old Salomon XScream 8's 181cm.


I'm looking for an all mountain ski that will work for me now and that I can grow into.  Right now I'd classify myself as a strong intermediate skier.  When I skied more, I would have classified myself closer to advanced. I ski mostly in the Midwest and will be making 1 or 2 trips out west each year. Most of my skiing is on blue groomed trails with the kids, but I'd also like something that will perform reasonably well in the bumps and on steeper terrain. I am 5'8" 170 lbs.

Any and all suggestions on skis and length would be appreciated.

 

Thanks


Edited by cmr40 - 12/29/13 at 6:19am
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Based on the info I provided in the 1st post, does anyone have any opinions on these skis? All in the 170cm range.

 

Fischer Motive 76

Fischer Motive 80

Dynastar Outland 80 XT

Atomic Smoke TI

 

I'm struggling a bit with what sidecut would be appropriate for me.  Based on what I've been reading, I'm thinking somewhere in the 76-80 range, but correct me if I'm wrong.

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I think your list makes sense.  With most of your skiing in the mid-west and on groomers, I don't see the need to go wider than 80mm.  I am a big fan of the Motive line as they have good firm snow grip and are versatile for a variety of terrain and snow conditions.  The Head Rev 80 might be worth adding to your list.  I would think a length of about 170 would be right.

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Thanks.  I'm leaning towards the Motives,  but I'll check out the Heads also.  With the Motives, I like what I've read and there are some really good deals out there right now on last year's.

 

Relative to sidecut, would it be better for me to go with the 76's or 80's?  Since my last pair of new skis was in 2001, I'm just not sure how different the 76's will be from the 80's or if one will help me progress faster than the other. From what I've been reading here, it seems like I might be better off with 76's as I'm looking to improve and then going with something larger underfoot later, but I'm not sure.

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