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One ski quiver advice…? [Germany, getting back on the slopes]

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Heya everyone!

 

I want to ask for a bit of ski buying advice, if that's okay…

 

 

After a few (*cough* :o) years' break from skiing I began going on skiing vacations again two winters ago (finally…!) – but consequently I'm currently not the most technically brilliant skier. Even so, I'd like to get my own pair of skis again instead of renting every time.

All in all, despite what I wrote above, I don't think I'm necessarily that bad a skier either, more of an intermediate; I ski down most black pistes (European system…) without a problem, carved or in parallel turns where carving gets a little too fast for my taste. On the other hand, I often do rely on force/strength instead of proper technique more often than I should when it's getting tight or when I'm getting tired or insecure. I'm also still very cautious off-piste, maybe more than I should…

 

For the foreseeable future, all my skiing will happen in the alps, Austria in most cases. The skis will probably be mostly used on groomers, but I plan to go onto (mostly supervised probably) ungroomed terrain with my friends at least somewhat regularly once I regain a little more skill and trust in my abilities. I'd also like my skis to be able to handle going switch now and then and similar stuff, so twin tips would be nice. I don't have any bigger park ambitions though (although I love watching it).

 

Physically, I'm 6'0 (1,83m), and a bout 240lb (110kg) – I'm doing weight training and have a bit of a belly, so there's that :rolleyes

 

 

I did look around a little and read some reviews, and I currently think a 178 Armada ArvTi might be the right ski for me, or maybe an Armada TST or Line Prophet 98.

 

I know I could also look into the 188 variant, but I'm a little bit wary about the turning radius. On my last vacation a few weeks ago from the skis I got what worked best for me was a 178 Dynastar Outland 80 Pro that I skied for a few days, which is advertised with a 15m turn radius. The other ones I tried (Race Carver mostly, with 19-21m radii and unrockered) felt just too sluggish and lazy in quick turns in comparison.
Sure, I could just get that Dynastar now, but of course that's not a twin tip and a little narrow for what I'd want to have.

 

 

 

Soo… does anyone of you have any advice for me? Any other suggestions than the skis I found? Or am I perhaps totally on the wrong track with what I picked?

 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

Nobody at all? Did I say something wrong? Come on, please, at least some 'yay' or 'nay' to my current choice… :o

post #3 of 8

Welcome to Epic,  wait for it....it's the weekend and everyone will ski if they can.

 

One comment I can make is guessing that you aren't ready for the race carvers yet.  This more to do about skill set than size and wt.

 

As I don't know the other skis well enough it is unfair for me to comment on which would be best for you.

 

Best advice, hill time, good fitting boots and lessons.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey,

 

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 wait for it....it's the weekend and everyone will ski if they can.

 

Oh, yeah, that makes sense. Heh…:o

 

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 One comment I can make is guessing that you aren't ready for the race carvers yet

 

Honestly, I'm not sure I want race carvers. While speed is nice, it's not everything for me, and I have more fun doing more varied stuff, I think. But yes, I lack the skill to use those to their potential, too. No question about that.

 

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 As I don't know the other skis well enough it is unfair for me to comment on which would be best for you.

 

Yup, thanks for the answer anyways!

post #5 of 8
How big is your belly? That totally is a game changer....j/k

So you want all mountain skis? Have you considered Blizzard all mountain skis, such as the Cochise

(Edit: oops pressed a wrong button...), bonafide, brahma, etc. listed here from wide to narrow?
post #6 of 8

If as you say you are mainly going to be on groomers, something like a Blizzard Bushwacker seems like it would be a decent choice. Not that you cant carve decently on the 98's you mentioned, but I just like a more narrow width underfoot for piste. I have a pair of 2013 Nordica El Pacos that I love on all terrain. They handle powder fine and handle very well on piste. Sadly they didnt make it for 2014 but im sure there is still stock floating around and probably at a great price.

post #7 of 8
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So you want all mountain skis? Have you considered Blizzard all mountain skis[…]
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If as you say you are mainly going to be on groomers, something like a Blizzard Bushwacker seems like it would be a decent choice.

 

Hmm, interesting that you'd both suggest Blizzard. Haven't read too much about them yet, can you tell me what their advantages/strengths are compared to the ones I mentioned? I'll see if I can find a few reviews myself in the meantime =)

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 Not that you cant carve decently on the 98's you mentioned, but I just like a more narrow width underfoot for piste. I have a pair of 2013 Nordica El Pacos that I love on all terrain. They handle powder fine and handle very well on piste. Sadly they didnt make it for 2014 but im sure there is still stock floating around and probably at a great price.

 

I do really want a little wider ones. A good 90 – 100 underfoot or so. I felt I couldn't stay on top of deeper snow (as in 'surf', or however that's called :D) in the 80mm Dynastars (I sank in, pretty much, even at not-that-slow speeds), there's probably my weight showing. And while I'll probably ride on piste most of the time, I guess I'll (want to!) get more deep snow exposure over time, and I'd like to be prepared ;).

 

The Brahmas that nochaser mentioned above are the only ones I had considered before, I don't really know why they fell out of my choice list again… I'll take a look at them again. (Edit: Ah, now I know. They were 88mm as well. The Bonafide seems to be their 98mm cousin. Let's see.)

 

The Nordica are, again, a little too narrow for my taste.

 

 

Thanks for the suggestions so far!

post #8 of 8

Check out the Line Sick Day. Comes in 3 widths. I have a friend who raves about them. http://lineskis.com/skis/sick-day-95

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