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East coast. 6'2, 270+. Blown out knee. Was looking at new boards this season. Elan 88's. Mostly hard pack, all mountain, but I realize that will change when I get back on the slopes (Dec '14 - Jan '15) All suggestions for a new ski are welcome. Thanks.

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Salomon Remix 179cm, or 186cm.

Did my ACL three seasons ago, and ski these on everything. 91mm waist doesn't put too much torque on the knee, and works well everywhere but boilerplate. I don't ski to ski boilerplate, so I'm not going to buy a ski whose strong-suit is boilerplate. YMMV.

 

Qualifier: I am a one-dimensional Northeast bump-fag, transplanted to ColoRADo.

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East coast. 6'2, 270+. Blown out knee. Was looking at new boards this season. Elan 88's. Mostly hard pack, all mountain, but I realize that will change when I get back on the slopes (Dec '14 - Jan '15) All suggestions for a new ski are welcome. Thanks.

 

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East coast. 6'2, 270+. Blown out knee. Was looking at new boards this season. Elan 88's. Mostly hard pack, all mountain, but I realize that will change when I get back on the slopes (Dec '14 - Jan '15) All suggestions for a new ski are welcome. Thanks.

 

Similar height and weight. I blew out my knee in 1988, a non skiing incident. Separated my medial collateral and both cruciates. At that time I was skiing on 215 Authier GS skis. At that time I could ski more or less anything and much of it at speed.

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I am currently skiing on 190 Atomics 8 20 Beta carves and am happy with them. From 2000 to 2007 I skied on 200 Atomic Beta carve 10 20s.I tried the stiffer skis and those with more side cut but like the above. I still skis at speed in good conditions but am confined to the pistes as my knee can not cope with powder for more than a few minutes.

 

I would choose a softer ski with moderate side cut like the above. I can't help with the new stuff.

 

Keep up the rehab exercises! Strengthen the muscles around your knee. I was recommended NOT to use a brace by my surgeon. He said it would give me a false sense of security.

 

Good luck.

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