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Need advice choosing a ski [in Tennessee, back on slopes after 10 years]

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I recently caught the ski bug this past season after a 10 year plus layoff and need help choosing some new skis. I primarily ski the Midwest, Mid Atlantic, and North Carolina (I live in Tennessee, so these areas are within a 1 day drive). As you can see, I’m mostly on hardpack. I stick to the groomers, but I’m willing to dabble in off piste stuff if it’s available. I plan to ski 20 plus days this coming season. My skill level is a 7 (advanced intermediate). I’m 5’11” and will be at 190 lbs when the season starts. 

 

I’m looking for as ski that is versatile when it comes to turns (short/med/long) and that’s stable at higher speeds. I’m a carver that likes to mix speeds. My friend has the the Rossi Experience 88 and thought the 83 might be a good choice.  

 

I’ve been looking at:

Rossi Experience line

Volkl RTM 81-84

Blizzard Bushwacker

Head Rev 85

Solomon q90

Nordic Fire Arrow series

K2 amp rictor 82

 

I’m starting to get information overload due to all the brands/models, rocker technology, etc. My budget is around $600-700, but i'm flexible. Any advice to narrow down my list is greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 8

I'll be the first to give the standard Bear answer. 

 

What about your boots?

 

I also think it is important to be honest about your goals as you get back into it.

 

This is from the Vail school site:

 

Level 7: You are comfortable and confident on all blue square and easier black diamond terrain, including moderate moguls and ungroomed snow. You can modify your technique and tactics from a growing quiver of options, linking dynamic carved turns with consistent rhythm on blue groomed terrain. Skiers usually ski parallel, with effective pole use.

 

Yes?

 

Are you happy with being level 7 or are you hoping to do the work / get coaching to move to more advanced technique and looking for a ski to help you get there?  Nothing wrong with just having fun ripping around btw.   I think there are two ways to look at skiing, as a sport or as an activity.  A more demanding ski is fun if skiing, to you, is more sport than activity.  If it is the opposite, a demanding ski can be a pain in the ass and reduce the "fun".

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Thread Starter 
I forgot to list my boots. Sorry about that. My boots are the Dalbello Panterra 100. As for the ski level, that description is me. However, I would like to get better as a skier. I love the technical aspects of skiing. That's what makes skiing fun for me. When I started back this last year, I was focused on how to complete the run, rather than just completing it. Skiing is a definitely a sport to me, and I would like a ski that will help me get better. Thanks for the great point and question. I had to really think about what my goals are.
post #4 of 8

IMO you going to want to take a lesson or two working on short radius turns and may be think about a little stiffer boot. Find a good boot fitter and let them select a boot for you.

 

Then demo some skis if you can.

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I forgot to list my boots. Sorry about that. My boots are the Dalbello Panterra 100. As for the ski level, that description is me. However, I would like to get better as a skier. I love the technical aspects of skiing. That's what makes skiing fun for me. When I started back this last year, I was focused on how to complete the run, rather than just completing it. Skiing is a definitely a sport to me, and I would like a ski that will help me get better. Thanks for the great point and question. I had to really think about what my goals are.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where in NC do you go the most?  I heard that Cat and Sugar opened last weekend.

 

What process did you use to buy the boots?

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Thread Starter 

I skied Beech a few times in the early 90s. Im going to Cat in January. I wasn't expecting there to be snow so early, so I may have to go a lot sooner now. As for the boots, they were purchased at a locally owned ski shop in Nashville. I tried on several boots before going with the Dalbellos. The choice came down to comfort. I have a really high instep and along with a 100mm last, so it's tough finding a boot that I can tighten down without causing discomfort to my instep. It was a problem with both of my old boots. For my foot shape, the Panterras were the best fit. The 100 flex was a happy medium for me. The 120s were a little too stiff, although they would give me better control.

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Originally Posted by shawnpb View Post
 

I recently caught the ski bug this past season after a 10 year plus layoff and need help choosing some new skis. I primarily ski the Midwest, Mid Atlantic, and North Carolina (I live in Tennessee, so these areas are within a 1 day drive). As you can see, I’m mostly on hardpack. I stick to the groomers, but I’m willing to dabble in off piste stuff if it’s available. I plan to ski 20 plus days this coming season. My skill level is a 7 (advanced intermediate). I’m 5’11” and will be at 190 lbs when the season starts. 

 

I’m looking for as ski that is versatile when it comes to turns (short/med/long) and that’s stable at higher speeds. I’m a carver that likes to mix speeds. My friend has the the Rossi Experience 88 and thought the 83 might be a good choice.  

 

I’ve been looking at:

Rossi Experience line

Volkl RTM 81-84

Blizzard Bushwacker

Head Rev 85

Solomon q90

Nordic Fire Arrow series

K2 amp rictor 82

 

I’m starting to get information overload due to all the brands/models, rocker technology, etc. My budget is around $600-700, but i'm flexible. Any advice to narrow down my list is greatly appreciated.


Paging @Philpug for input.  Boots already covered in previous posts.

post #8 of 8
I live in the Tri-Cities, TN area and have E83. Great ski for everything in the areas you will be skiing. It performed well both trips to CO as well. Go to Alpine Sports in Banner Elk. They took great care of me.

For boots go see Mike at Southern Ski in Columbia, SC.
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