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Intermediate Soft Snow / Tree Ski [returning to skis, for trips to CO/UT/VT from Mid-Atlantic]

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hello all, 

 

I've been reading and lurking these threads for a while and am hoping you helpful people can share your opinions with me. I'm a converted snowboarder who just got on skis again this season for the first time since I was a teenager (I'm 33 now). I was on the snow 20 days this year and willy likely double it to around 40 (maybe more) next year. Getting on skis this year I totally caught the bug in a way that never happened in years of regular snowboarding. Go figure, but better late than never right?

 

So, I am true intermediate. Level 6 by all the lists/charts I can find and am feeling next year I will be able to get into more fun terrain with a little more instruction and practice. 

 

I ski everywhere. I live in the east but travel quite often and have a flexible job schedule, as well as friends and relatives in all the best snow places. So I will be everywhere next year including CO (2 weeks), UT (1 week), VT (multiple trips), and possibly an AK/WA trip. I live in the mid atlantic but these will be my Western/soft/powder/tree skis.

 

Looking for skis that are good for soft snow days, fun in the trees and are good for a true intermediate who is learning to tackle more of the mountain and stuff off the piste. They will be used when we have fresh snow days and out west or in the trees. I'm looking for fun and playful as I tend to make more short turns than long arcing ones. I don't ski super fast so I don't consider myself a hard charger. 

 

I'm 5'11" and weigh 185. A few pounds less when I'm in prime shape! 

 

I have a fairly athletic background, having played hockey/football, surfed regularly and snowboarded a handful of days each year until this year when I got ski addicted. My knees aren't the greatest after long ski days so something that's not going to tear me up would be great. 

 

I'm looking to purchase sometime soon because there are crazy deals to be had out there and I'm excited for next season already. Here are a few I'm considering, would love thoughts on these or more options that can be found for a deal. Thanks in advance.

 

Rossi Soul 7

Line Sir Francis Bacon

Line Sick Day 95 or 110

Salomon Rocker 2 108

post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 

Bumping this.

 

Wondering if any of these jump out as better than the others for an intermediate wanting to tackle more terrain this coming year?

 

Not sure the bacon is for me, so

 

Sick Day 110

Salomon Rocker2 108

Soul 7

 

Would appreciate any thoughts or feedback from those who can compare. Thanks again

post #3 of 15

Sorry we missed this. 

 

The skis you mentioned are all good options but at 185, you can stay in the mid One oh Somethings to just 100, first I assume you have a narrower ski to complement what you are asking for here. Other skis to consider, Atomic Ritual and the new upcoming Automatic 102. From Salomon, the Quest 105 too. 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Philpug, much appreciated. More choices ha! 

 

Yes I have narrower skis so these will only be for days when there is fresh snow and for taking out west, or northern Vermont, etc. 

post #5 of 15

The Soul 7's are the only one in your list I'm familiar with, I own a pair, and I think they would be a great ski for you.  They are easy to ski, easy to turn and thus would work well for your skill level, but also won't hold you back as many advanced skiers love them too.  

 

I'd get the 180's.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Great, thank you. I was having a hard time sizing that one because everyone insists you must size up. But skiing something over my head just seemed silly at my level.
post #7 of 15

At your weight that is the right size, I weigh in the 170's and ski the 180.  I'm a Level 8 skier.

 

They ski shorter than their length due to the tip rocker, there's not a lot of tail rocker, but still.  My carvers are 172 and I don't find the length difference to be an issue.  The turn radius is 17m at that length very short for a ski like that.  They'll give you a lot of room to grow, but are an easy ski to ski, so I don't see that you'd have a problem with them.  


Edited by SkiMangoJazz - 5/20/14 at 5:50pm
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by G Unit View Post

Great, thank you. I was having a hard time sizing that one because everyone insists you must size up. But skiing something over my head just seemed silly at my level.

For what you want, trees, the 180 is a good option. 

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks again guys. Soul 7 definitely looks awesome. My ONLY hesitation is i could basically get two other skis for the price smile.gif
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by G Unit View Post

Thanks again guys. Soul 7 definitely looks awesome. My ONLY hesitation is i could basically get two other skis for the price smile.gif

Most skis do come in pairs so you should be fine. 

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
I knew when I typed that someone would ding me for it.
post #12 of 15

I have the Soul 7 and I think it's a great ski for a western trip. It handles fluffy powder and trees very well, and has enough camber and sidecut that it can still carve on the groom. If you can only bring one ski with you out west, it's a good choice.

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, pulling up this thread again for one more question. I have a line on a used pair of 180 Soul 7's (used 5 times, no chips, etc, good shape) for a good price. Just want to get thoughts on buying used skis and having them re-mounted, especially with the soul 7's lightweight core. What's the general consensus? They've been mounted once for a smaller sized boot with a Salomon Guardian binding. Will this cause any problems for my shop if I get them mounted up? Thanks in advance. 

post #14 of 15


Absolutely not if your shop knows what it's doing. Get them and enjoy.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Kauffee that's what I thought but just wanted to make sure before I purchased anything, much appreciated!

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