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First set of skis

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Some quick background before I get to the five golden questions.  I moved out to Ogden UT this year and am about 25 days in to my first season ever skiing.  I'm 5'11" and 190lbs and am currently on a set of season long rental 167cm skis.  I feel like these are holding me back in two ways.  Firstly, once I start gaining any real speed they start to feel very unstable.  Secondly, on days with fresh snow I am totally lost.  Part of it is my technique I'm sure, as I've only had a few of those days, but I'm sure these short, skinny skis aren't helping.  I'm headed down to SLC to get fitted for some new boots early this week, and with the storms in the forecast for early Feb I'd like to pair them with some new skis as well.


1) Where in the world are you skiing?


I live in Ogden, Utah and have a season pass to Snowbasin.


2) What kind of terrain do you prefer?


This is kind of tough to answer.  Right now I'm mostly on groomers.  Part of that though is because that's all I've really done before because the skis I'm on just sink immediately in any kind of powder.  I would really like to try venturing off piste and into some trees, and think (based on my personality - I love feeling alone out in the mountains) that this is a type of skiing I would really enjoy.


3) How many days a year do you ski?


This is my first season, but based on my pace I'd say it will typically be around 50.


4) How advanced are you as a skiier?


I would guess intermediate.  I'm comfortable on most any blue outside of moguls, and have done a few of the easier black runs at Snowbasin.  I think I've been advancing at a pretty decent pace, starting this season as essentially a never-ever.


5) What's your height and weight?


5'11", 190lbs


I guess my goals in getting a new set of skis are two-fold.  Firstly, being able to venture into areas that I've not yet been able to, handle powder/crud/etc when it's there but not useless on the groomers since I'll be out there whether it's snowed recently or not.  Secondly, being able to more comfortably get some more speed when on groomers (I typically like to turn a fair amount and am not a bomber, but I'd like to open up sometimes without feeling like my skis are about to crumble under me).


I'm open to the idea that I'll need several different pairs of skis for this, but would ideally like to check out the one quiver options as well.  Worst case, I'll have these skinny, short rentals for the rest of this season for days where they're needed.



post #2 of 5

Welcome to Ogden!


First, get a nice pair of boots fit by a reliable boot fitter (Alpine Sports in Ogden and ask for Jeff if you want someone to really help you dial in a good boot that'll really help your skiing).  Second, get a pair of skis in the 88-100mm waist size range.  Something with an early rise, maybe even a twin tip or a tail rise to make skiing off piste easier (go to Alpine Sports or go to 2nd Track Sports in Ogden -- they're selling Fischer Big Stix 98s for only $299).  Finally, go get a lesson or two (yes, they seem expensive, but the instruction by a pro will help you immensely).


Good luck!


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Correction -- The Big Stix are only $275 flat.


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What size should I be looking at on the Big Stix 98's?  176cm or 186cm?  I assume the $275 is without bindings?


I did some looking through craigslist/KSL and came across some others that looked like good deals as well.  Not sure if they'd be too much ski for me though.


K2 Hellbent 189cm - $250

Rossignol S3 178cm - $275

Alpine Touring Zag H112 186cm - $200

Salomon 8.9 BBR 189cm w/ bindings - $300

2011 Atomic Blog 177cm w/ bindings - $375


There's also the seemingly ever popular Rossignol Soul 7's with some available as low as ~$400 on ebay.


As far as boots go, I'm headed down to SLC to do the Daleboot thing on Tuesday.  I've typically had problems with my feet (even finding a sneaker that fits right can be a battle) so I figured I'd skip the part where I spend $500-$600 on boots that I have to end up replacing in a year because they're still too painful.  I would have had them by now but I injured my ankle right before ski season so I had to wait until all the swelling went down to get a boot fit.

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Hellbent -- way too wide, Rossignol S3 -- excellent ski, could be a one quiver ski, not the best at holding an edge on the groomers, Alpine Touring Zag H112 ?, Salomon 8.9 BBR -- possibly, but ugly as hell,  2011 Atomic Blog -- could work.  


At your height and weight I'd look for something in the 180s with an early rise -- as reference I weight 165lbs and am 5'8" tall and ski a 182cm ski all mtn, a 170cm carving ski, and a 188cm powder ski.


I've heard great things about the Rossignol Soul 7.  If you can afford it, then that may be the smart choice.


Good luck with the boot fitting!


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