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post #1 of 9
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Hello, I am new here and was looking for help choosing skis (I apologize if this was posted in the wrong forum, this one seemed the most relevant).

 

As of right now, all my skiing is done in Vail, but I am looking at maybe going to Big Sky in the next few years.

For terrain, I try and hit the back bowls as much as I can, going on powder runs, moguls, and I am starting to practice going off rocks.  I also do some groomers just for the fun of bombing down them.

As for days of skiing, this year I will be doing 5 in Vail, most years that's what I've done.  There is also a small ski hill just outside of town that I go to, however its nothing to brag about, just fun to get out and ski on.

Ski level: I would put myself at advanced-I can do most diamonds at Vail, and I'm working on my mogul runs as well.

I am 6' 2" but I'm 14 years old, so I will probably get a little taller.  I weigh about 185.

This will be my only pair of skis, and am looking for an all mountain ski, but a wider one.  I am looking at the Line Sir Francis Bacon (2014) and the Salomon Rocker2 108mm.  If you have any information on those two, or any other skis to look at, that would be great.

post #2 of 9

There's a ton of great skis out there, so you just need to do the homework and demo them when you get the chance.  Here are two compilations of best all mountain skis that can help you refine your search.

 

http://freeskier.com/stories/top-10-skis-best-all-mountain-skis-2014

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/photo/585629/2014-men-all-mountain-editors-choice-skis-id137843

 

Hope that helps -- good luck!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by WasatchReport View Post
 

There's a ton of great skis out there, so you just need to do the homework and demo them when you get the chance.  Here are two compilations of best all mountain skis that can help you refine your search.

 

http://freeskier.com/stories/top-10-skis-best-all-mountain-skis-2014

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/photo/585629/2014-men-all-mountain-editors-choice-skis-id137843

 

Hope that helps -- good luck!

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

Thanks.  I have done some homework on them, and I came up with the Sir Francis Bacon and the Rocker2.  Any thoughts on those? I'm thinking of demo-ing the Bacon's in Vail, just want opinions on them/other skis to look at.  That list did help though.

post #4 of 9

I've heard great things about the Sir Francis Bacon and haven't heard so much about the Rocker2, but tastes, conditions, abilities, etc. are all different, so I do recommend demo-ing the Bacons.  The Rocker2 is a huge step up in waist width, so the bacons would be probably be better in more varied conditions.  I ski 103mm waist skis here in Utah (I weight 160lbs) and unless we get a ton of snow I don't take out my 115mm waisted S7s.  Based on width along, being that it's your one ski, I'd vote for the Bacons.

 

T. - wasatchreport.com

post #5 of 9
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Thanks! the Bacons seem to be my favorite so far.  Isnt the waist width the same in both the Rocker2 and the Bacons? (108mm)

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Thanks! the Bacons seem to be my favorite so far.  Isnt the waist width the same in both the Rocker2 and the Bacons? (108mm)


Favorite as in you have demoed them? Favorite on paper? Please clarify.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
On paper. Based off of what I have read about them, they would be my first choice to demo. Sorry for the confusion.
post #8 of 9
What ski are you on now? Have you considered any of the Atomic or Blizzard lineup?
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
This would be the first pair of skis I've owned as I have always rented in Vail.
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