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I have no clue what to get!!! Help Plz! [Stevens Pass, WA]

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi, New to the site and it looks like an awesome group with great feedback.

 

Here's my dilemma and Im hoping someone can point me in the right direction...

 

I learned how to ski on the east coast on the hard stuff and ski'd for 10 years.  I would consider myself an intermediate.

 

I moved to Washington back in 97 and immediately switched to Boarding.  I've been boarding since.  But now that Im 40+ and I have my kids to teach here soon, I wanted to get back to skiing.  

 

Im 5'9 and 170lbs.  I love carving on the trails but also love going off trail as well in the pow.  I primarly board at stevens pass with the occasional trip to baker.  I also enjoy throwing tricks but nothing big air.

 

I would like recommendation on ski's that can do all of that.  Im not too interested in speed anymore.  im looking for something that's fun that can travel and handle most conditions here in WA.  My group consists of all boarders who like to go thru the tree's but nothing back country.

 

I appreciate any advice!!

post #2 of 11

Head Vector or Turbine

Nordica Soul Rider

Faction Prodigy

Blizzard Peacemaker

Liberty Sequence or Helix

Icelantic Nomad RKR

 

Basically look for a directional twintip that has a waist width between 95mm and 105ish mm, preferably with a turn radius in the mid teens to 20m range.

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I learned how to ski on the east coast on the hard stuff and ski'd for 10 years.  I would consider myself an intermediate.

 

Im 5'9 and 170lbs.  I love carving on the trails but also love going off trail as well in the pow.  I primarly board at stevens pass with the occasional trip to baker.  I also enjoy throwing tricks but nothing big air.

 

I would like recommendation on ski's that can do all of that.  Im not too interested in speed anymore.  im looking for something that's fun that can travel and handle most conditions here in WA.  My group consists of all boarders who like to go thru the tree's but nothing back country.

Nordica Soul Rider (177).  Great Stevens Pass OSQ for a former boarder.  And often found at bargain prices.

 

Nice ride in the soft snow, great for going off hits and bumps and good enough on the groomers.  My buddy who is a certified ski and board instructor chose the SR over the plethora of ~98s and I totally see why - it is really fun and playful, you can spin it around and for traditional skiing it is far more competent that you might expect. 

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Awesome.  thanks for the tips.  Before posting, I was researching the threads and was leaning towards the Rossi S3's since posters stated that they were "super easy and fun" to use.

 

Question on length, I've noticed that ski'ers have been using shorter ski's these days.  Is there any reason for that?  While waiting in line, I'll see someone 6ft tall but with160cm ish ski's.  I see this more and more.  

 

Im assuming with my build i'd be somewhere in the 170's cm but are the 160's more "fun"?

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Originally Posted by jinxkim View Post
 

Awesome.  thanks for the tips.  Before posting, I was researching the threads and was leaning towards the Rossi S3's since posters stated that they were "super easy and fun" to use.

 

Question on length, I've noticed that ski'ers have been using shorter ski's these days.  Is there any reason for that?  While waiting in line, I'll see someone 6ft tall but with160cm ish ski's.  I see this more and more.  

 

Im assuming with my build i'd be somewhere in the 170's cm but are the 160's more "fun"?

If you were to get the S3's, get the 186s.

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If you were to get the S3's, get the 186s.

Ditto. I'm 6' and 165lbs, and ski the 186cm S3. Stupid easy to ski. And pretty good in most conditions. Left a bit wanting when things get heavy in the crud. 

 

But on Pow days, they do pretty darn good for a 98mm waisted ski.

post #7 of 11

What are your favorite places at Stevens (roughly)?

 

My intuition is that you'll want something more like 115+ underfoot and in the 180s in length. But knowing what you like in terms of snow/terrain may shed more light on that... Once you home in on things a bit, doing some demos might help you sort things out.

post #8 of 11

Based on my experience at stevens yesterday I'd recommend a race room gs or sl ski with very sharp edges with good structure and warm weather wax on the bases. We need snow.

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Based on my experience at stevens yesterday I'd recommend a race room gs or sl ski with very sharp edges with good structure and warm weather wax on the bases. We need snow.

 

You were warned... Hoping the storm door opens soon...

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies!

 

I usually like to take tye Mill to the back side of the mountain and then from the grooms go off into the trees.  

 

This year definitely has been icy to say the least.  We definitely need a dump or 2.  

I only board 3-5 times a year since Im growing my family but I hope to be out there more once my kids grow up.

 

I guess Im just looking for a set that can handle the all year conditions since I only plan to buy 1 pair of ski's.

 

I've been looking into the Soul Riders per suggestions above.  Do 90'smm work well on groomed?  Sorry for the amateur questions but its been quite a while since i've put ski's on.  I hope to demo some ski's next time Im at Stevens which will give me a better understanding.

 

Any other suggestions would be appreciated..  

post #11 of 11

90s would work fine on the groomers. IMO, less well off piste at Stevens. There is a reason you are seeing so many 115 to low 120s skis as all-arounders at Stevens.  IMO this is about as narrow as you'd want to go if you want a real surfy feel off piste. It is a mountain that generally has a huge amounts of medium to high water content snow. Often layered.  Especially variable with nice blown in pockets on the backside. Fatter rockered skis play well in this environment.

 

Admittedly, this is not the easiest year to make that case. But if the storm door cracks open, the world will change quickly. Even my diehard race family friends are using S7s as their day to day skis at Stevens.

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