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I am returning to skiing after- and with kids- and need new skis.   I am 5'6" and 120lbs.  I love to turn especially fast tight turns on steep slopes.  I like the idea of something bouncy and fun.  I will also be going slower, and straighter with my kids.  

 

We ski on the east coast - NY,Mass, Vermont, so they need to do well on ice and in crud.  I do not ski in the trees or anywhere but groomed runs.  I am wary of skis that will chatter at faster speeds.  I am replacing my skis form around 1994 (have been renting/ demoing since)  they were Olin DTV 190's.  I found that I needed the extra length because turning slowed me down too much.  (I was also much younger!)

 

I am considering (2012 models)...   Rossignol Temptation 82 or Attraxion 8, K2 superburnin, Atomic cloud 9 or affinity storm, Elan Ilumina Fusion, Salomon origins lava.  I have rented different Rossi's and liked them but they weren't enough ski (tempt 76?)   I would really appreciate any help and input! we are going to Stowe, and would love to have them.  

Oh, I have Technica Cochise boots from last year (love them!)  Thanks!!!

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I am returning to skiing after- and with kids- and need new skis.   I am 5'6" and 120lbs.  I love to turn especially fast tight turns on steep slopes.  I like the idea of something bouncy and fun.  I will also be going slower, and straighter with my kids.  

 

We ski on the east coast - NY,Mass, Vermont, so they need to do well on ice and in crud.  I do not ski in the trees or anywhere but groomed runs.  I am wary of skis that will chatter at faster speeds.  I am replacing my skis form around 1994 (have been renting/ demoing since)  they were Olin DTV 190's.  I found that I needed the extra length because turning slowed me down too much.  (I was also much younger!)

 

I am considering (2012 models)...   Rossignol Temptation 82 or Attraxion 8, K2 superburnin, Atomic cloud 9 or affinity storm, Elan Ilumina Fusion, Salomon origins lava.  I have rented different Rossi's and liked them but they weren't enough ski (tempt 76?)   I would really appreciate any help and input! we are going to Stowe, and would love to have them.  

Oh, I have Technica Cochise boots from last year (love them!)  Thanks!!!

Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you checked out any of the new Nordicas?

 

Paging @Trekchick 

post #3 of 8

Welcome,

 

Because you mention ice, chatter and no trees,  go higher end and a little more to the racey side of the spectrum.

 

Here comes the question, slower speeds and lots of turns or higher speeds and less turns.

 

Turns =  SL or Speed = GS.

 

Now there are a lot of skis out there that are GS cheater skis that sort of fall between the two and are better described as Glolam Skis as the truning radius falls between the two.  Also be forewarned that these skis while not full blown race are stiffer and do require input and effort to work properly, but do reward with performance when skied well.  From the race heritage the ice hold when tuned correctly is only surpassed by race skis.

 

One other thing, don't be surprised by the shorter length (it is not a bad thing).

 

Trekchick could best advise you as what models you should be looking for.

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Thanks for your input!  I would choose SL, as turning is key, and a higher end ski will most likely be fast enough anyway. I am not opposed to the "Glolam" (great word!)  skis if they fit my needs better.

 

I also am wondering whether rocker would be important or not, tip and or tail?

 

I am capable of working the skis, but it is nice that they are much more user- friendly now, so I can keep up with my kids!

 

I forgot to include that we ski about 4 planned weekend trips, and various single days throughout the season.  We do hope to increase that amount.

 

Thanks again!

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- for advanced skiers who like short turns and speed
- little chatter at speed
- must do well on ice AND crud
- needs to be user friendly
- for groomer only
- at discounted price

It sounds like you would like skis that are like SL race skis but with little more versatility, perhaps with r < 15-16, sandwich construction, 70-80 underfoot, 155-165 cm in length. Most ski manufacturers such as Fischer, Völkl, Blizzard, Nordica, Rossi, Atomic, etc., have adopted this concept and offers a line of products that fall into this category.

I don't demo a ton of non-race skis like some of the other guys do here, but below is my two cents FWIW.
- Head i.Supershape. Either Magnum, Rally (new this year I believe), or Titan depending on what's more important for you, quick side-to-side vs versatility outside perfect groomer condition. This is a very fun ski for people who like to work their skis--carves great, stable at speed, solid, and damp. They added rocker and compound radius for 2013/14, and I heard they are even better. You won't be disappointed with this ski. These skis are pretty common in the US, so it's won't be too difficult to find them NOS or used at a discount. Highly recommended.
- Stöckli non-FIS SX: Great front side ski that is second to none. You can read more about it in other threads. Stöckli is arguably the most premium, family owned Swiss brand. They hand make only a few and there is a short supply especially in the US, so they aren't cheap. It's like owning a fine expensive Swiss made watch if you're into that kind of thing. I am.
- Kästle RX12 or MX78: I haven't tried these, but I own a pair of Kästle FX94's that I really like, so I know Kästle makes very fine, fantastic skis. They have this hollow tip technology that's instantly noticeable. You can read more about them in other threads. There also is a guy on the blog who's an auth dealer. If I were you, I would definitely give them a try especially if it's readily available in your area.
- Dynastar Speedcourse Ti: I mention this as I have seen a lot of these at heavily discounted prices on the internet. I own a pair of Dynastar race skis, not this particular ones, but I have read great reviews about them.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your replies!  I truly appreciate having help in this!

 

Trekchick, I did not get a chance to try the new Nordica's.  I was able to demo the K2 superburnin', which I liked, but didn't love - not sure why.  Just not for me I guess.  The Fisher KOA 77's (I believe) I did not like them much at all so returned them quickly.  Then I tried the Blizzard viva 7.7 ti 's in a 153 length.

 

nochaser, you were right on target!  I went a little shorter to start with and found they did everything I wanted them to do.  

 

My first though after a few turns was "What a happy little ski!"  - I actually said it out loud - my kids are still making fun of me.

 

To make a long story short - a first for me - I bought them!!!

 

Thank you also to my hero Tommy at Jiminy Peak for recommending them!

 

I know I could have tried others, and who knows what my decision would have been.  I wasn't expecting to get athem so soon, but with a few trips in our future plans I decided to jump in -YAY!

 

Now all I need are poles..... (I think I left my old ones somewhere.....)    : )

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I remember some conversation with you but can't seem to find the post. 
 
Glad you found the ski that made you smile big! :D
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