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Recommend a ski for my to rent for Summit Co Next Week

post #1 of 21
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Sorry if this thread has been done more times than Pam Anderson...

 

Skiing 3/11 and 3/12 at Keystone and Loveland.  Like to hit about everything but especially small drops, trees, pow and some high speed groomers.  I avoid mogals for the most part...

 

6'3 255lbs.  Level 7 skier

 

I ski an 80 waist sandwich twin tip usually in MN in the same conditions as above minus the pow.

 

Renting from Christy's in West Denver as they are cheap.

 

Any advice is appreciated.

post #2 of 21

You might like something around 95-100mm with at least some tip rocker and camber.  But, if you want to take a chance on there being a big powder dump, you might want something 110+mm with tip and tail rocker, camber optional.  Personally I would go for a 100-105mm ski with tip and tail rocker and camber, something like the Salomon Q-98, Blizzard Kabookie, Dynastar Cham 97, Atomic Theory or Alibi or Rossi Sin 7.  Seems like Christy should have at least one or two of those.

post #3 of 21
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Looking at the weather forecast the area may get around 6" total on Friday and another 1" on Monday early AM.  So big powder not likely but we'll likely still be able to find some in the trees...

 

Thanks for the recommendations.  I'm sure someone at Christy's will have an idea of what I might like from what they have in stock, but it doesn't hurt to check here I figured...

post #4 of 21

I skied my Nordica Steadfasts, 90mm, last Thursday at Alta and it snowed all day, about 8" by the time my son and I left.  They worked just fine in the trees, in the untracked and tracked powder.  My son was on Elan Apexes at 88mm and he no problems either.  So you should be fine with a 95-100mm ski.

post #5 of 21

I am your height but a bit lighter and I found the Rossi Sin 7s unstable on groomers, FWIW.  They skied very short, at least to me. 

post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

You might like something around 95-100mm with at least some tip rocker and camber.  But, if you want to take a chance on there being a big powder dump, you might want something 110+mm with tip and tail rocker, camber optional.  Personally I would go for a 100-105mm ski with tip and tail rocker and camber, something like the Salomon Q-98, Blizzard Kabookie, Dynastar Cham 97, Atomic Theory or Alibi or Rossi Sin 7.  Seems like Christy should have at least one or two of those.

 

He's 255! Cross the Q98, Kabookie, Alibi, and Sin 7 off that list. The Cham could work, as would a Bonefide or an Atomic Ritual. An El Capo or  a big Vagabond.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

Definitely want something that has some float but can also handle my weight on the groomers if I charge hard at all...

 

I'll check out the ones you have listed mark...

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

The Blizzard Bonafide looks pretty nice IMO.   Seems made for a big aggressive skier like me...

 

Thoughts?

post #9 of 21
I'm 6'2" and ~210. My daily driver is a 187 Bonafide. I think this would be a good choice for what you're looking to ski. The El Capo will give you a tad more girth and also be tons of fun.
post #10 of 21
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You think I should go that long Draht?  My normal ski is a 179 without rocker.  I know rockered skis ski shorter than non...

post #11 of 21
I think so. The rocker does make quite a difference, especially with the Bones tail. You would crush a 180. The length will help if you get some fresh, in the crud and for charging. My 187s just ate up and crapped out the leftovers at A-Basin yesterday.
post #12 of 21
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I checked out the El Capo and honestly, looking at the snow report that ski might be a bit too wide for the conditions I'll be in.   If we were going to get 8" Sunday night I'd likely grab it, but with no fresh since Friday I likely can stick with a 90-100 ski and be fine, but what the hell do I know! ;)

post #13 of 21

Don't sell the El Capo short. It is a fun ski in soft snow, including groomers, for its width. It's quicker edge-to-edge than you would think. If it didn't overlap so much with my other skis, I'd seriously consider the El Capo.

post #14 of 21

I'm 5'10 180lbs - bones in a 172 and capos in 177 - cant go wrong with either. At 99 and 107 underfoot they both hold surprisingly well on the groomers - if the demos are tuned !! It has been my demo experience that the more popular the ski is, the less tuned - check before you take them. Is there a on hill demo shop that will allow you more than one pair per day ?

post #15 of 21
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We're picking up the skis in Denver as my 2 buddies just want their 'performance' package as they are fairly new skiers.  It's cheaper to rent in Denver...  

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by focker View Post

We're picking up the skis in Denver as my 2 buddies just want their 'performance' package as they are fairly new skiers.  It's cheaper to rent in Denver...  
If you are wanting to try more than one option, you can check out Christy Demo Center at Keystone while you are there. They don't do reservations, it's just a walk-in thing. I will be renting from them the week after you, and they are right across the bridge from River Run. They seem to have quite a selection covering everything I want to take a ride on, including the Bones everyone seems to be advising for you.
post #17 of 21
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gmoney the issue is we're skiing LL on our way back to Denver and don't want to drive back to Key to drop off our skis.

 

I'm sure Christys in west Denver will set me up decently.  I now have several ideas of what I need.  Thanks everyone

post #18 of 21

We rented at Mountain View Sports by Keystone--if you reserve ahead their prices beat Christy's by quite a bit.  The only problem was that the rental skis were not well maintained and I ended up buying a sharpener and doing it myself.  The demos looked to be in somewhat better shape, but I bet none of them get much attention.  I wish I had rented the demos because the "performance skis" were Salomons and they were fine on the groomers but kind of stunk on the moguls--too flexy.  Also, they were on the heavy side.

 

ETA--and now I see your post about Loveland...

post #19 of 21

Grab the biggest skis the shop has.

 

I'm 6' 230lbs, and felt most stable on 188 Soul 7s, 190 Icelantic Nomads, and 187 Atomic Automatics.  Everything smaller felt squirrely.

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 

Looks like I'll have several inches (or over a foot) of fairly fresh snow, so I'm thinking about getting around a 100 waist for sure...

post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 

I ended up with Q98's in 180+ length.

 

I hadn't done any research on those skis as all before hand.   Took me a bit to get used to them.   They bounced me around a lot in the bumps and to be honest I really really didn't like them in the bumps.  Too long IMO to get them turned quickly.  Most likely just my bump skill is weak.

 

They were great on Groomers, went from edge to edge quite quickly.   Not too much tip flap.   Didn't really find their speed limit as many of the trials at Loveland and Copper were too choppy to comfortably go any faster than I was...

 

We did have 3-4" at Copper on Tuesday and they were really fun in that...   Loved them in well spaced trees were they performed quite well. 

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