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Low Intermediate New England Skis - NEW

post #1 of 8
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I'm just joining the community and looking to get some help with selecting a new pair of skis. I'm not looking to purchase them right now, probably leaning more toward the end of season or summer to hope for better prices, but I am looking to demo and shop around presently. I'm an intermediate skier, definitely on the low end, but I'm skiing three or four times weekly and will be doing that for the rest of the season.


I'm 5'11" and 155 pounds and I ski with salomon x pro x90 boots, though I'm not sure that's relevant information. I've been skiing a few times before this year, but had always been on daily rental skis, and I'm currently on season rental skis, hence why I don't want to purchase right now. I live in New Hampshire and ski around this area, staying frontside almost exclusively, though I do foresee some sidecountry in my future.


Anyway, what skis should I be looking at/what should I look for in a ski? I've been doing some research and I've come across several skis I like/think would work, but I'm less knowledgeable than many. So far, the HEAD Rev 80 pr and the Atomic Vantage Theory are at the top of my list, am I heading in the right direction?



post #2 of 8

keep metal out of the ski, just get a wood core model, check with shops about buying their demo's as the season winds down.You might look into a Blizzard Bushwacker or a Magnum CA, don't go too wide at this point, Bushwacker is 88mm underfoot and that should be plenty for what you want to do. I would say anything around 76-84mm underfoot in a frontside type ski should be good.

post #3 of 8

I might have the least experience of anyone on this site, so you'll have to take what I say with a grain of salt.


I would put myself in the same category as you on ability.  I can do greens without issue.  Blues aren't a problem, but I know my technique probably isn't good enough to really stretch things out.  I don't mind trying some easy blacks, but at this point it might be counter-productive.


I ski Vermont (have family there) and also the mid-Atlantic region where I live.


I ended up buying a pair of Head Rev 78's.  I was advised to look in the 78-83mm range (IIRC).  I decided to stay a little skinnier only because I know my skiing will be mostly, if not all, on groomers until my ability catches up with the ski.  I like these skis so much, I could see myself eventually getting the 80's or more probably the 85's.


To me, the ski is absolutely a dream.  I think there might be a few reasons why I think they feel so good.  Firstly, based on the recommendations here, I got fitted for boots.  I've never been fitted before and used the info on this site to help me out.  I think because my boots fit so well and now I had a really good ski attached to them, I experienced a sensation I had never felt before.  Additionally, the skis were new.  The edges were sharp and the bottoms were clean.  Now I know the rental skis and boots I had before were basically junk.


Because of my ability, I stayed away from the metal layered skis.  I also went shorter, again to help me learn.  I've had 9 ski days this year and will probably ski at least another 7 days or so.  I'm not putting in the time like you, so this ski has the potential to last a bit longer for me.


I really debated renting vs. buying and finally decided to buy because I felt renting was just throwing money away.  I also had a bad renting experience where the binding wasn't set properly.  I learned a lot with that experience and decided having my own equipment maintained by someone I know, was the best solution for me.


Good luck with your search. 

post #4 of 8
You and I have something in common, being relatively new, although I lurked on the site for the advice for a couple of years. Atlantic Canadian skier who ventures into Maine a couple times a year. So we see the same conditions, ice, granular on ice, soft spring like snow, and of course the several inches of fresh snow, over granular, over ice. I should venture into NH and Vt, have heard good things about skiing there but I digress. Last spring, wanting to move on from my Head TT 20 skis, I demo'd the Head Rev 85, Atomic Crimson Ti, and Ex 88. I think the Head Rev series would be an excellent choice for what you want. Easy to learn on, good for the conditions you will see 90% of the time in the East and I thought they were fun (not very technical sorry). I thought the Crimson was the best of the three but might be a bit much for what you want at this point. You sound like you are getting lots of time on the snow in so by the time the season ends, you get some demos in and the sales start you should be in good shape to get the skis you need.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses! I really like everything I hear about the Head revs, so I'll probably look into those. I do plan on staying frontside in New England, so hardpack and ice are the name of the game. I went with renting skis and boots for this seasons simply because I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to buying with the amount of time I'd have to go skiing while in college, but it's worked out better than expected. I couldn't stand my boots so I went and got fitted for the salomons and I agree even just the step up in boots and having them well fitted is a world of difference.


A couple people have stated to stay away from metal layered skis - why? The difference between the 78 and 80 also includes the change from sidewall to sandwich cap construction, is that important?

post #6 of 8

^^^^ Metal is a dampening agent, and allows similar stiffness with less thickness. It's not necessarily beefy or tough to handle, although some metal skis certainly are made to be stiff. Depends on the model. 


All current skis are layered, AFAIK, unless you count Ogasaka, which uses a solid plank of wood. The layering can be vertical or horizontal or both. Metal usually is layered too, although increasingly companies put in "sheets" that are partly routed out. 


In general, there's not a lot of difference between that level sandwich cap and sidewall. The Head REV's are nice skis. You'd probably enjoy the 80 more over time. You might also look at the Blizzard 8.0 CA, which is a fine ski for lighter skiers, will grow with you, and will have good grip also. It'll be livelier, the Head will be damper. Both will be good in bumps, which are part of the NE landscape. The Theory is a great ski for bumps, trees, and softer snow, but not in the same category as the other two for ice or hardpack. Would suggest starting with something that carves and does frontside duties well, then add a wider ski in a year or two. 

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
My season has been continuing well, I feel like I'm definitely improving and could benefit from having skis that are newer and designed with the intermediate progressing skier in mind.

With that said, a few more questions. What lengths should I be looking at? Völkl 163cm comes up to my lower lip, but I don't really know how a ski would feel too short when on piste.

Also, what about skis such as the stöckli laser CX, atomic panic, or atomic blackeye ti? As I search more I find more good skis. Generally, I'm looking for something in the 80mm underfoot range that will be ready to rip turns down piste, but be fun in the ungroomed crud that my local skiway apparently enjoys to keep around. Probably a 70/30 split between groomed and ungroomed.
post #8 of 8
am on the blackeye ti this season. Last year's model 82 under foot. There are some good deals on this ski, at least in my area. I am enjoying them alot this season, they carve well, move through the varied crud/chop we see in Atlantic Canada but that's me. Am going to Maine for 9-10 days and am confident they will handle anything I see there this time of year. There are tons of excellent skis out there and far more knowledgeable people on this site will likely give you more techncal advice.
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