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Hello! I love skiing, but am terrible when it comes to gear, and I would love some advice. 

 

I'm a 35-year-old advanced skier (let's say 7/10) who skis around 10 times per year: half on the east coast, and half on the west. In the east, I ski all runs and look for fresh show in between, and reach my technical limit on steep moguls and steep ice. In the west, I spend more time on the back side and in the trees than on groomers, and meet my match on steep powder and steep/tight trees. 

 

I'm not the most technical skier out there, and when I reach my limit, things can get sloppy, although I always push my limit and am getting better bit by bit. When I ski in my zone, things are pretty good. 

 

I'm looking for an All Mountain/Semi Rocker (I think) ski that will perform well in different conditions. My current skis are crappy K2 Rangers, six or seven years old. Not good in the powder—they sink like a stone—but usually fine enough out east. I'm a tall guy, so I always think lighter fits me better, especially since my tight turns still need work in the steeps...but to be honest I'm not sure that's true.

 

Any thoughts or recommendations are greatly appreciated. I live in NYC, so real ski shops are non-existent. 

 

Thanks!  

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Been doing some more research and really like the sound of the Rossignal Experience 88. Two questions:

 

1) I'm a little taller than six feet and weight 180 lbs: 170cm or 178cm?

2) Any recommended bindings for an Advanced (but not expert) skier? 

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Gotta love an Updike fan. You belong here, for sure.
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Been doing some more research and really like the sound of the Rossignal Experience 88. Two questions:

 

1) I'm a little taller than six feet and weight 180 lbs: 170cm or 178cm?

2) Any recommended bindings for an Advanced (but not expert) skier? 


1) 178

2) whatever binding in your din range looks the best with the skis and is the best deal (they all work)

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might as well go with a Rossi Axial2 120

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Thanks for the input, everyone. Wound up getting the Experience 88's.

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Gotta love an Updike fan. You belong here, for sure.

Thanks. Rarely get noticed with this handle...damn shame.

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Originally Posted by LewyM View Post
 

 

2) whatever binding in your din range looks the best with the skis and is the best deal (they all work)

 

I'm assuming the OP's DIN range would be about 7-8 from what he is describing, so I would look for a DIN 12 binding (you generally want to be in a binding were you are not near the minimum/max adjustment for the binding). I ski at DIN 10, so I always buy at least a 12.  A DIN 12 would also give you some space if you started getting more aggressive in your skiing and wanted to move up in DIN setting to keep the skis on.

 

There are some bindings that are made beefier than others, but you just aren't going to wear out a binding skiing 10 days a year. I would look for a deal on a DIN 12 binding.

 

Also, the OP may like a Volkl Kendo as a really good all-mountain ski. Stiff and precise enough to be really fun on firm snow, with enough width and stability for those smaller powder days.

 

Best advice I can give the OP is to find a demo day and try a bunch of different skis.

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