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In search of my first pair of skis. Help needed

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Hey everyone,

 

I just introduced myself the other day as a new member to the ski community. I am a long-time snowboarder who decided to convert myself to skiing recently. It was a love at first turn experience, and I'm craving more. With that, I'm forecasting what I want to buy for next season. After talking to my cousin who is an avid skier, he has thoroughly convinced me to splurge on a nice pair of boots first and foremost. I figured as much considering the same applies to snowboard boots. However, he wasn't sure at which ski to help me with.

 

I am a go-big from the get-go kind of person, and like to jump in without taking baby steps per-say. I got a pretty advanced board as my first board, and it was a challenge to progress on but I grew into it. The plus was I didn't have to buy a new board when I got better. That's the same principle I'd like to apply to a pair of skis. I obviously don't want to get something too far advanced where I'll be miserable, but I definitely don't want to limit myself because I'm a fast learner and don't want to feel like I have to upgrade after a season.

 

So, with that. I've considered a few options:

 

1. Rossignol Experience 88

2. Volkl Mantra

3. Atomic Nomad Blackeye TI

 

That's it for now. Those seem like really great all-mountain skis.

 

Feel free to humble me if I'm being too cocky or anything. I just get super amped for new gear and getting started on my ski progression!!!

 

Thanks guys.


Edited by wblack - 2/25/14 at 4:32pm
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 

Also, I have been looking at the Blizzard Brahma.

post #3 of 7

Humbling might not be necessary but a little focusing probably is. You've mentioned 4 different skis in three different categories. Since you don't mention your size or where you will be skiing or on what kind of terrain, no one can really suggest a ski model for you. All the skis mentioned are "more ski" than you will need in the foreseeable future but if you can maybe focus on the correct category, then the model discussion can maybe make some sense. If we assumed that you already have experience and skills (you have neither at the moment) here are what the categories are.

 

Primarily frontside, packed snow focus (Atomic Blackeye Ti)

Versatile frontside, still packed snow bias but wider and with more capability in softer snow. (Rossi, Blizzi)

Frontside/Backside, even balance between packed snow and soft snow bias roughly 50/50 on trail vs. off trail (Mantra)

 

SJ

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Thread Starter 

Okay, thank you for your feedback. Let me start over.

 

I'm looking for a good pair of skis to not just be progression skis, but skis I can use for many seasons to come. I'm 6'1, 190 pounds and have longer, lanky legs. I'm on the east coast, and will primarily ski in the Poconos and occasionally NY/VT. I take 1-2 trips out west each year (Whistler primarily and maybe Tahoe or Utah). So, I'm looking for something to be a boss on the east coast mountains, but able to handle nice powder days and even a trip out west from time to time. I'm not at the point in my life where I can afford two pairs of skis, especially a pure powder ski considering I don't have many powder days in my ski rotation each year.

 

I hope this is better!

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Versatile frontside, still packed snow bias but wider and with more capability in softer snow. (Rossi, Blizzi)

 

 

SJ

 

This is the category to consider and the two choices you have singled out are among the very best.

 

SJ

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This is the category to consider and the two choices you have singled out are among the very best.

 

SJ

 

Jim,

 

Thanks a whole bunch. I'll keep researching more on those options. I've also read that the upcoming Blizzard Latigo is looking to be a great east coast ski. If that is the case, do you predict it to be a solid choice for western powder on occasion?

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Jim,

 

Thanks a whole bunch. I'll keep researching more on those options. I've also read that the upcoming Blizzard Latigo is looking to be a great east coast ski. If that is the case, do you predict it to be a solid choice for western powder on occasion?

 

I don't think so at all. Outside of hard packed eastern (or western) snow, I don't see all that much utility for the Latigo as a one ski quiver. That ski skis very well and all, but I'm not sure what all hubbub is about.

 

Here's an example of what I mean. I'm just about to go out skiing for a couple of hours. It hasn't snowed here in a couple of weeks and this AM, the temps are very mild (feeling like rain at the moment) I'll probably have some firm snow but if it didn't set up, it may be a little "peely" meaning the snow sorta peels away. I may also have some sloppy snow by noon or so and if so, I'm off the hill in a hurry. Tonight, the temps are supposed to dip well below freezing and it'll set up pretty hard. Then tomorrow, it's supposed to snow some (not sure how much)

 

I have a Blizz Brahma and a couple of brand new 2015's in that width range as well stashed in my gear closet. If I had a Latigo, I doubt that I'd take it out b/c I'm pretty unsure what the conditions are going to be. The Brahma or other very good skis in that range will do a better job of handling most of what I'm likely to see in the next 24 hrs. The Latigo might be better tomorrow AM if it set up very hard and before much snow falls. Aside from that, I'm not sure why I'd want the Latigo. I think this is sort of a microcosm of what your typical ski seasons are likely to be. The Latigo could be a fun ski to own if you had other skis for varying conditions but I don't see the Latigo as having the broad spectrum capabilities of some of the ~~ 88mm skis.

 

SJ

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