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Would love some help with picking out some new skis. [eastern Canada, intermediate]

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Hi all...

 

After having returned from a 3 year lay-off from the ski world, I'd like to trade in my Atomic Metron skis for something more fresh... and hopefully better.

 

I'm 42 years old, lift weights, spend a couple of hours on the treadmill per week, am 6 foot 3 inches tall, 250 lbs and consider myself to be a level 4-5 skier.  (An intermediate with aspirations of getting to a solid "Advanced" level with an eye towards being a technical "Expert" in a few years.)

 

I might end up with 15 or ski days during the season, along with a trip to Sugarloaf USA in Maine once every couple of years.


I do all of my skiing at the local ski resort here in Eastern Canada where I'm on groomers in the morning, and cruddy groomers in the late afternoon.  The depth and severity of that crud is, of course, depending on the number of skiers around me and the amount of snowfall we pick up during the day, but for some reason, there always seems to be a daily battle against it for those of us here in the land of small-ski-resort-budgets.

 

I've already hit a great deal on new boots, and picked up the  Dalbello Aero 75's. 

Not looking for a powder ski or "backside" ski.  

 

Would love to hear your suggestions on what you would be looking at for new skis if you were in MY shoes/boots.

 

Thank you!


Edited by Mo-Jo - 1/19/14 at 1:30pm
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Welcome to EpicSki.  First off, and I hate to say it, but, you need to take the boots back.  The flex index on those is only 75 and at 250 pounds you will crush them.  You need something stiffer, probably 100-110 because of your weight.  Those boots would be OK for someone who weighs maybe 100-120 pounds.  Tell us exactly where you are and someone on here might be able to recommend someone who knows how to get you in proper fitting boots.  If it feels comfy in the store, it is almost always too big.  The liner material will "pack out" or compress after a few trips skiing and that will make the boots feel bigger, so you need to start with a boot that feels really snug.  Too small can be fixed, but there is nothing that can be done for too big.

 

As for skis, based on your description, you probably want a ski over about 75-80mm in the waist.  A bit of tip rocker or early rise will help you initiate turns so that would also be nice.  Blizzard Magnum 7.7 IQ, Atomic Nomad Smoke(76mm) or Blackeye(81mm), Elan Amphibio 76 Fusion are all possibilities.  All are rated for advanced skiers but I don't think any of these will punish you for mistakes and they will all give you room to grow, assuming you have properly fitted boots.

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