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Time for a new pair of skis for New England skiing

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Just joined epic and am impressed with all of the good info!  I just got back into skiing after missing the last two seasons and would like to replace my current skis.  Currently I am skiing on Dynastar 4X4 PowerTracs, probably 2000-2001 vintage.  The skis are 97-70-107 and a length of 186.  Five or six years ago, I demo'd a bunch of skis and ended up liking mine the best, with the Volkl Supersport 5 or 6 (think it was the 6) star a close second. It looks like a lot has changed since then in the ski designs.  I grew up skiing out West but have recently moved to the East Coast and will be staying out East primarily.  I am 6' and 185-190lbs, ski 15-20 days/year average, prefer to ski groomed cruisers going fast, both blacks and blues, don't like skiing moguls, probably a 7 to an 8 on the ability scale, and want to get one, all-purpose ski.  My boots are Dale Boots from 2000ish.  Thanks in advance.  


Edited by PortsmouthCage - 1/26/14 at 1:45pm
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Don't be afraid to go a bit wider and a bit shorter. Something just around a 180 and in the 80-90 range underfoot. The hard snow biased skis on that range include but not limited to...

 

Kastle MX88-Most expensive and most refind

Blizzard Brahma- Will open up the trees for you and still carve a great turn

Rossigno Experience 88-@599 MAP, a great value plus likes to turn

Volkl Kendo-Metal & beef

Nordica FireArrow 84 EDT-Most hard snow biased, strong ski

Atomic crimson Ti-Sports sedan, does a lot

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Mostly agree with ^^^^, although given that you state you prefer going fast on groomers, and don't like bumps, I might encourage you to dip down in waist width toward a more frontside bias. The Blizzard 8.5 Ti, Kastle MX78, and Volkl RTM 84 would work for you nicely, considering your weight and your previous enjoyment of the 4x4 and 6*. They can still handle trees with typical amounts of snow (eg, a few inches of fresh over hardpack bumps) should you evolve that direction. I see a fair number of each back here, also a bunch of Kendos and E88's, not so many MX88's, Brahmas, or Firearrows. 

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Thanks for the inputs.  Now I'm off to see where I can demo your suggestions.  Cheers!

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I'll throw my 2 cents in.  Nordica Steadfast.  I have about 20 days on these so far this season and have not found a condition they sucked at.  At 90 waist with some tip rocker they initiate very easily, are solid underfoot and handle all softer and deeper east coast snow very well.  They are certainly not ice skates, but have handled firm conditions short of blue ice remarkably well and are great fun to ski.

 

They are currently my favorite everyday ski.  Last favorite was a Head Supershape Magnum that I skied until they were noodles....the steadfast is, in my opinion for the way I ski, even better in all but the hardest snow., and they are no slouch in hard snow.

 

Spent the day at Pico yesterday in cold windblown, hard, often groomed old manmade to 3-6 inches of fresh on the edges, with some fresh manmade whales to play on (if you didnl;t mind getting covered by snowguns)

 

They made me grin from ear to ear...until my teeth froze that is....

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Originally Posted by PortsmouthCage View Post
 

Thanks for the inputs.  Now I'm off to see where I can demo your suggestions.  Cheers!


Wachusett has a fantastic on-mountain demo center. Go some night when there are no lines. They are also one of the few shops that actually demos Kastles.

 

There are also a number of shops in North Conway that offer ski demos: Frosty's, Andes, Stan and Dan's, Great American, Bob and Terry's all come to mind. While no one shop carries every brand, between them you should be able to find most if not all of the skis. Each of them is close enough to either Cranmore or Attitash to allow a swap or two during the day.

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Thanks for all of the info……..I'm looking forward to demoing some of these skis.

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