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Good all-mountain ski I can grow into?

Poll Results: Best intermediate one-ski quiver?

 
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    K2 Shreditor
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    Salomon Quest 90
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    Salomon Quest 98
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    Atomic Access
  • 100% (1)
    Rossignol Experience 98
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    K2 AMP Aftershock 14
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    Other
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post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 

I'm 23 years old, 6'0", 140lbs from the west (Utah) looking to buy my first ski.  I started skiing recently but have progressed quickly (have skied blacks).  I don't want to spend a fortune on this first pair, but I want a ski I can "grow into" for a couple years.  I'll probably spend most of my time on the groomers, but would like a ski that is versatile enough to ski some powder every once in a while (65%groomer/35%powder).  I'm a student and won't be able to pick my ski days, but powder can usually be found on the back mountain.  I'm assuming that I'll want a ski that's 165-175, given how light I am.

 

Input would be appreciated!

 

Some skis that have caught my eye so far:

K2 Shreditor 102

Salomon Quest 90/98

Atomic Access

Atomic Theory

Rossignol Experience 98(or 88?)

K2 AMP Aftershock 14 2012 (found a great deal on this one)

Rossignol Soul7 (too wide?) (too pricey)

 

Thanks!


Edited by andrew90 - 12/31/13 at 10:37am
post #2 of 3

demo then buy?  especially the e98 or soul7 which you can't get on discount anyway.  So if you're going to pay the price, might as well use a day to check them out.  

post #3 of 3

Given your weight and experience level, the two Salomons and the Atomic are excellent choices. The Ex 98 is way too stiff and some of the others are too wide. Any of those three will be fine on groomers, bumps and up to a foot or so of powder. As your skills develop you can think about a wider ski later but even if you bought a wider ski now, at this stage you are more skills limited than equipment limited.

 

SJ

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