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Need some advice for some all-mountain skies, Colorado [for father currently on Volant]

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Hey all -

 

I'm looking to get my dad a pair of new skis for Christmas and need some pointers for some awesome all-mountain skis. He's riding a pair of metal Volants right now that weigh (roughly) sixty pounds each.  He's a strong guy and a good athlete, but he has some substantial knee problems and he's going to hurt himself if he keeps using those monsters.  Plus, he can't do half of things he'd like to: moguls are ridiculously hard and he sinks like a rock in powder.  So, we need a new option. 

 

Here's what you need to know:

We live and ski in Colorado.

The skis need to be all-mountain; usually he skis everything from groomers to backcountry (excluding park).

Advanced skier, about 5' 10" and 185 pounds.

Going to be skiing around 30-35 days/season..has a bit of a tricky work schedule.

 

Let me know if there's anything else you need to know.  I'm asking around the interwebs and some ski shops to see if we hit a consensus on some good options.

 

Cheers!

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Originally Posted by Sovessin View Post

 He's riding a pair of metal Volants right now that weigh (roughly) sixty pounds each.  He's a strong guy and a good athlete, but he has some substantial knee problems and he's going to hurt himself if he keeps using those monsters.

 

FWIW full metal jacket Volants in and of themselves were pretty light skis.      It's the bindings that people put on them that weigh a ton. 

 

And...are his boots as old as the Volants?

post #3 of 6

My advice for a Xmas gift=a gift card to a demo ski shop.

post #4 of 6
Yep agree, gift card for demo and may be new boots ?

So many great skis out there.

May be get him out early Dec, do you guy's have early Dec demo day's ?
post #5 of 6

I believe Keystone has their demo days in late November if you are near that resort. Have your dayd try different ones, i would recommend absed on what you say: Blizzard Bonafide, Rossignol SIn 7, Atomic Alibi.

post #6 of 6

Hard to argue with demoing.  But you still need a short list to narrow down what to demo.  In general, I would think something with waist width in the upper 80s to about 100mm with decent tip rocker would meet your Dad's needs.  Skis like Rossi E88 or E100, Nordica NRGy 90 or 100, Blizzard Brahma or Bonafide, etc.

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