or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › I'm getting back in--what's new in gear? [going to Colorado]
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

I'm getting back in--what's new in gear? [going to Colorado]

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm a former avid skier that hasn't skied in 6 or 7 years. I just booked a week in CO, and am wondering what's going on with gear these days. I still have my Lange X09 boots, and they still fit really well so I will be taking them on the trip. I'm pretty sure I'll be up to the task with them. 

 

When I last skied regularly, "shaped" skis had just taken over. In fact I still have a pair of lightly used Volkl shaped skis of some sort (they're in the attic, or I would give you the specifics). I'm not worried about skis/bindings because I will be renting them.

 

When I last skied, I had no reservations about asking with my phone in my pocket. Now I have a smartphone and I wouldn't want to land at that sucker. Does anyone get a protective case to protect their phone on the slopes?

 

What do I need to know?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 

Oh crap--I put this in the wrong forum. What a stupid newbie mistake. :rolleyes Mods feel free to move this to the correct place.

post #3 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

Oh crap--I put this in the wrong forum. What a stupid newbie mistake. :rolleyes Mods feel free to move this to the correct place.


All fixed. :)  Welcome to EpicSki!  Added a bit to the thread title too.  How long is the ski trip?

 

By the way, if you ever need a change made to a post or thread, click on the Red Flag, write in your request, and all the Mods will get notified via email.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

We'll be out there for a week. I live at sea level now, and it is pretty flat here, so I need to upgrade my workout program in a big way.

Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


All fixed. :)  Welcome to EpicSki!  Added a bit to the thread title too.  How long is the ski trip?

 

By the way, if you ever need a change made to a post or thread, click on the Red Flag, write in your request, and all the Mods will get notified via email.


Great thanks for the help. We'll be out there for a week. I live at sea level now, and it is pretty flat here, so I need to upgrade my workout program in a big way.

post #5 of 16
Boots have softer forward flex, remain stiff laterally and are more comfy, IMO (Lange guy here)
Skis are wider with far more shape and flex choices
Clothes breath better, purportedly, with similar waterproofness
More choices in helmets and goggles
Lift ticket prices went up unless you buy a pass in May
Young people got younger; you got older

You can put your phone in a Baggie, if you want to do it the cheap way, or get an Otterbox

You're gonna have fun!
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

I dug out my old skies, which are a Volkl Vertigo 177. They don't have too many days on them, so I don't recall much. They seemed like a really nice ride. My real favorite ski of all time were the Volkl P9 SLs I skied for many years.

 

SO the question is: What kind of ski should I rent when I'm out there. I tend to ski everywhere, but as a long time eastern skier, my staple was short turns on hard snow. Do I need to do a demo rental, or will just any performance ski do?

post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

I dug out my old skies, which are a Volkl Vertigo 177. They don't have too many days on them, so I don't recall much. They seemed like a really nice ride. My real favorite ski of all time were the Volkl P9 SLs I skied for many years.

 

SO the question is: What kind of ski should I rent when I'm out there. I tend to ski everywhere, but as a long time eastern skier, my staple was short turns on hard snow. Do I need to do a demo rental, or will just any performance ski do?


If there are three levels available: Basic, Performance, Demo, then you will probably be happier with at least Performance.  On a trip out to north Tahoe several years ago, my ski buddy decided to leave his relatively narrow skis at home in Ohio.  We both rented.  I paid a little extra for Performance and changed out skis every day to experiment since I was starting to try to figure out what to buy to replace obsolete skis bought in 1981.  (Had already replaced boots.)  He decided to go with Basic.  By lunch time the first day, it was obvious that I was having a lot more fun partially because I had skis more appropriate to the snow conditions a day after a snowstorm.  We both rented basic skis at Mt. Rose since we were leaving early afternoon to head to the airport.  That was a mistake.  Should've paid for Performance or rented off mountain.

 

If you decide to actually demo, then better to rent on mountain in case you want to switch out midday.

post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


If there are three levels available: Basic, Performance, Demo, then you will probably be happier with at least Performance.  On a trip out to north Tahoe several years ago, my ski buddy decided to leave his relatively narrow skis at home in Ohio.  We both rented.  I paid a little extra for Performance and changed out skis every day to experiment since I was starting to try to figure out what to buy to replace obsolete skis bought in 1981.  (Had already replaced boots.)  He decided to go with Basic.  By lunch time the first day, it was obvious that I was having a lot more fun partially because I had skis more appropriate to the snow conditions a day after a snowstorm.  We both rented basic skis at Mt. Rose since we were leaving early afternoon to head to the airport.  That was a mistake.  Should've paid for Performance or rented off mountain.

 

If you decide to actually demo, then better to rent on mountain in case you want to switch out midday.

this is a lot of fun to do and, in my mind and experience, the best way to dial in the right gear.  you can try out a bunch of different skis and take them out on the same runs in the same conditions to get a clear sense of what works for you.

post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by river-z View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


If there are three levels available: Basic, Performance, Demo, then you will probably be happier with at least Performance.  On a trip out to north Tahoe several years ago, my ski buddy decided to leave his relatively narrow skis at home in Ohio.  We both rented.  I paid a little extra for Performance and changed out skis every day to experiment since I was starting to try to figure out what to buy to replace obsolete skis bought in 1981.  (Had already replaced boots.)  He decided to go with Basic.  By lunch time the first day, it was obvious that I was having a lot more fun partially because I had skis more appropriate to the snow conditions a day after a snowstorm.  We both rented basic skis at Mt. Rose since we were leaving early afternoon to head to the airport.  That was a mistake.  Should've paid for Performance or rented off mountain.

 

If you decide to actually demo, then better to rent on mountain in case you want to switch out midday.

this is a lot of fun to do and, in my mind and experience, the best way to dial in the right gear.  you can try out a bunch of different skis and take them out on the same runs in the same conditions to get a clear sense of what works for you.


Once I had my own skis (all-mountain), I found that it was better to plan on a "personal demo day" than think about changing out too often.  I'd pick a day where I would ski solo most of the day so that I wasn't holding up my ski buddies.  It was usually in the middle of a ski week, so I would know where I wanted to check out how the skis felt.  If I need to rent on a powder day . . . I'm not taking the time to head inside just to change skis. ;)​ 

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Since I now live in the south, skiing will be a once-a-year thing for me, so the idea of trying out different skis isn't all that appealing. I would like to get a really good ski and spend my time getting reacquainted with the sport. :)

post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

Since I now live in the south, skiing will be a once-a-year thing for me, so the idea of trying out different skis isn't all that appealing. I would like to get a really good ski and spend my time getting reacquainted with the sport. :)


The thing is . . . what's a really good ski for you is impossible for anyone else to guess.  Did you used to ski out west?  

 

How far south?  Sugar Mountain in NC has a free demo weekend in mid-Dec.  That's how I started understanding how different a ski could feel, even though the first time I was an intermediate who hadn't skied much for 20 years since learning as a teen.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


The thing is . . . what's a really good ski for you is impossible or anyone else to guess.  Did you used to ski out west?  

 

How far south?  Sugar Mountain in NC has a free demo weekend in mid-Dec.  That's how I started understanding how different a ski could feel, even though the first time I was an intermediate who hadn't skied much for 20 years since learning as a teen.

I realize no one can spec a ski for me, but I wouldn't mind some suggestions.

 

I skied in New England for about 30 years, and would also get out west for a week or two every year. I've been pretty much everywhere out west, plus a bunch of years doing backcountry skiing in British Columbia. I am older now and retired, but still in pretty good shape. I'm sure I will still prefer short turns to long ones. I'd like a performance ski that responds when i jump on it, but isn't that demanding overall. That should narrow it down to about 50 skis lol

post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

I'm a former avid skier that hasn't skied in 6 or 7 years. I just booked a week in CO, and am wondering what's going on with gear these days. I still have my Lange X09 boots, and they still fit really well so I will be taking them on the trip. I'm pretty sure I'll be up to the task with them. 

 

When I last skied regularly, "shaped" skis had just taken over. In fact I still have a pair of lightly used Volkl shaped skis of some sort (they're in the attic, or I would give you the specifics). I'm not worried about skis/bindings because I will be renting them.

 

When I last skied, I had no reservations about asking with my phone in my pocket. Now I have a smartphone and I wouldn't want to land at that sucker. Does anyone get a protective case to protect their phone on the slopes?

 

What do I need to know?

 

Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

I dug out my old skies, which are a Volkl Vertigo 177. They don't have too many days on them, so I don't recall much. They seemed like a really nice ride. My real favorite ski of all time were the Volkl P9 SLs I skied for many years.

 

SO the question is: What kind of ski should I rent when I'm out there. I tend to ski everywhere, but as a long time eastern skier, my staple was short turns on hard snow. Do I need to do a demo rental, or will just any performance ski do?

Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

Since I now live in the south, skiing will be a once-a-year thing for me, so the idea of trying out different skis isn't all that appealing. I would like to get a really good ski and spend my time getting reacquainted with the sport. :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
I realize no one can spec a ski for me, but I wouldn't mind some suggestions.

 

I skied in New England for about 30 years, and would also get out west for a week or two every year. I've been pretty much everywhere out west, plus a bunch of years doing backcountry skiing in British Columbia. I am older now and retired, but still in pretty good shape. I'm sure I will still prefer short turns to long ones. I'd like a performance ski that responds when i jump on it, but isn't that demanding overall. That should narrow it down to about 50 skis lol

Okay, now that more of your history and interests are clear, let's see if we can get some advice from guys who know skis.  Since my husband is a non-skier, I don't know or care about men's skis. :rolleyes  Just happy that now that we are both retired, he doesn't mind me going off on ski trips without him.  

 

Paging @Philpug , @markojp , @KevinF for ski advice.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Jeepers this is just like the old days when I used to get amped for the coming season!

 

The rental shop I plan to use offers the following:

 

Rossi Soul Seven

Rossi Experience 88

Volkl Mantra

Volkl Kenja

Blizzard Bonafide

Blizzard Black Pearl

 

Based on a little reading a some wild-assed guessing, I thinking the Bonafide in 173. Thoughts?

post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by maui19 View Post
 

Jeepers this is just like the old days when I used to get amped for the coming season!

 

The rental shop I plan to use offers the following:

 

Rossi Soul Seven

Rossi Experience 88

Volkl Mantra

Volkl Kenja

Blizzard Bonafide

Blizzard Black Pearl

 

Based on a little reading a some wild-assed guessing, I thinking the Bonafide in 173. Thoughts?

All good choices…depending on the conditions. 

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Let me try to frame this a little better, because I'd like to reserve my skis in the next several days.

 

I am an experienced expert New England skier that hasn't skied much in the past 8 years or so.

 

I am 60 years old, but in pretty good shape. I run, workout, bike and play a lot of tennis.

 

I've spent a fair amount of time in the west and find the skiing to be awesome--and a lot easier than typical eastern fair because of the soft snow.

 

I have always liked making short turns on energetic skis. I'm not sure whether I will continue to like this style of skiing since I'm getting up there in years.

 

I would like a high performance ski, but worry a little about getting too much ski for my condition/abilities

 

I have been looking into rental shops, and I can get just about any current ski.

 

Tell me what to rent.

 

Thanks!

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › I'm getting back in--what's new in gear? [going to Colorado]