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Looking for solid east coast skis

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I'm male, 5'11, 175lbs, was an intermediate to advanced skier when I was (much) younger and just picked up skiing again last year with my sons (age 7 and 8) - man, have skis changed.  We're planning to make skiing a staple of our winter activities and I'm looking for some skis in the mid price range that I can own for several seasons while advancing my skills and chasing them around the slopes.  I tried on a ton of boots and the ones I kept coming back to (and now own) are the Tecnica Cochise.

 

Again, we'll be skiing almost completely on the east coast - will probably rent the skis (not boots) if we go out west.

 

While learning about the new ski designs I've come across a few that I'm looking at currently - Nordica Avenger 82 Evo, Volkl RTM 73, Rossignol Experience 83 and Rossignol Experience 74.

 

I'm just having a hard time pulling the trigger...would love additional thoughts/insights from those more experienced and totally open to new recommendations - thanks!

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Hello Chuff,   You might check out the Fischer Motive 86.  If I had to have a 1 ski quiver back east it'd be the Motive 86.  Also, there have been numerous threads on this subject you might want to try the search function.  Good luck.

post #3 of 16
I'm in the Midwest, similar to you in size and ability. This season I demod a variety of mid-80's single-ski quiver types (some of which you named), and ended up with the Head REV 85 Pro. They're getting a lot of good reviews, for good reason.
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Welcome to EpicSki. 

I notice you have the Nordica Avenger on the list of possibilities.  It happens to be one of the skis available at Start Haus' Nordica Blem Sale.

 

http://starthaus.com/2014-nordica-avenger-ski-blem-23600.html

At $179 that's a tough deal to beat.  

 

Aside from that the suggestion for the Head Rev 85 is a solid recommendation.  

post #5 of 16

Solid advice so far. Something else you might want to consider is that skiing with little tikes is going to take you all over the mountain. I remember at that age any time I could go in the woods I did. 

 

Where in the east are you skiing? It makes a big difference.

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Wow, thanks for all the quick replies.  It sounds like the Head Rev 85 Pro is a solid bet - I'm seeing some listings for them (New, 170cm) with bindings for around $500.  One set has Tyrolia SP 130 bindings and the other has Marker Blizzard 3.10 bindings.  Maybe that's the direction I'll go!  I'll wait a bit to see if there are other suggestions or thoughts on those bindings.

 

thanks again folks!!

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I demoed a pair of the Head Rev Pro 85's this spring at my east coast mountain (Cannon in NH) in mixed conditions.  It struck me as a very enjoyable, all mountain east coast ski for a variety of conditions, Responsive and quick, yet solid. Good hold on ice.   I'll still be on my Volkl RTM 81's next year, but the Rev Pro strikes me as having more all around versatility if you will only have one ski. 

 

I think the positive reviews are well deserved, it's an excellent ski.  One of the instructors in my ski school has been on them all season, and he loves them.

 

I don't think it will be too much ski for you, and it will hang in there with you as you continue to improve. 

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@ east or  bust, Living in Cincinnati we'll be looking to ski someplace we can get to by car within about 6-8 hours.  So far I've scoped Holiday Valley, Seven Springs and Snowshoe...haven't been to any of them.  When I was younger friends has a place in MI so spent a lot of time there when skiing in the east.  Would welcome recommendations on that too! 

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@ east or  bust, Living in Cincinnati we'll be looking to ski someplace we can get to by car within about 6-8 hours.  So far I've scoped Holiday Valley, Seven Springs and Snowshoe...haven't been to any of them.  When I was younger friends has a place in MI so spent a lot of time there when skiing in the east.  Would welcome recommendations on that too! 

Thanks for the info.

 

I like the recommendations of the Rev 85. Also think if you could get the chance to demo, which might be hard since deals are happening now, some of the Rossi's you might like them.

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Originally Posted by Chuff View Post.  Would welcome recommendations on that too! 

 

Any recommendations in that regard will have to be horribly weather-dependent.   

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Chuff,  How did you settle on those specific boots?

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I just tried on a bunch of boots looking for the ones that were the most comfortable and then read reviews.  It helped that a friend of mine had been skiing in them as well.

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Did anybody at the store do a proper "shell fit" check?  If not start with that. 

post #14 of 16

Don't buy boots based on comfort alone, you'll be sloshing around in a boot that is too big in no time.

 

A lot of people believe that the boot is the most important piece of equipment for you to buy in terms of performance.  Unfortunately, it's too easy to go wrong. 

 

You may find this helpful:

 

http://www.bootfitters.com/tips

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skis....+1 on the Fischer motive 86...great ski for all mountain east coast conditions.   Was blown away by its balance of skills AND forgiveness AND fun...a great ski to grow with you.

 

places to ski...i grew up in Cleveland so I know what you are up against.   Holiday Valley is the best family ski vacation resort within driving distance from Ohio.   Short vertical, but lots of trails and "facets" to the mountain.   The area participates in some of the "lake effect" snow (180 inches...which is as much or more than most of New England ski areas) and has extensive snow making.  The town of Ellicottville, NY is a classic east coast ski town full of lodging and activities for the ski family.  Snowshoe West Virginia has better potential for longer and steeper skiing, but is much more dependent on the weather of a given year; sometimes really great skiing.   The resort is upside down--lodge, condos and lift terminals are at the TOP of the mountain (after a LONG drive to the top) which is really interesting (first run of the day you just ski downhill, last thing you do is take a lift back to the lodge...) but takes away from the "ski town" experience IMO.    

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@ east or  bust, Living in Cincinnati we'll be looking to ski someplace we can get to by car within about 6-8 hours.  So far I've scoped Holiday Valley, Seven Springs and Snowshoe...haven't been to any of them.  When I was younger friends has a place in MI so spent a lot of time there when skiing in the east.  Would welcome recommendations on that too! 


You are dialed in to all the right places. Mad River is only a couple of hours from you but a smaller mountain then the others but a lot of fun. Holiday Valley and Seven Springs have better grooming then Snowshoe. Also you can steal a midweek deal from Holiday Valley and be right on the slopes with pool. I am in Columbus, ski often at Mad River, and travel to all the three listed above. If it is somewhat warm out I will always go to Holiday Valley but any of them are great. You also have the same size hill as Mad River at Perfect North in Indiana.

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