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New Skis for Northeast

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Looking for help with new skis. I Ski twice a week in the Northeast only. 6'1 200 lbs. I have been skiing for 20 years, intermediate to advanced and I ski fast. Everything is groomers. I am skiing on 6 year old heads
post #2 of 18

Where in the northeast? Are we talking about some dinky hill in New Jersery (really the Mid-Atlantic)?

 

Or are we talking about some of the bigger mountains northern New England (e.g., Jay, Stowe, Burke, Wildcat, Cannon, Sugarloaf, Saddleback)?

 

How many days per season are you getting?

post #3 of 18
What type of Heads? Do you like them? If not why? What are you looking for in a new ski?
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
dinky mountain in New York but I ski 3 times a year in Vermont- Killington or Stratton. Season is from Dec-Feb. Heads were stolen and I don't remember the model. Looking for something that can handle the icy conditions at speed but also a good carver. Have looked at Rossy EX 88, volkl rtm 81, and Blizzard Brahma but there are no demo areas around here
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Wilturkies View Post

dinky mountain in New York but I ski 3 times a year in Vermont- Killington or Stratton. Season is from Dec-Feb. Heads were stolen and I don't remember the model. Looking for something that can handle the icy conditions at speed but also a good carver. Have looked at Rossy EX 88, volkl rtm 81, and Blizzard Brahma but there are no demo areas around here

Look at more frontside oriented models/ series, like the Pursuit from Rossi or the X-Power from Blizzard. The RTM series is a good choice. Wider skis with rocker are great... for skiing soft ungroomed snow, not what you seem to be looking for. Don't believe the hype (hype from excited skiers, not from the 'industry' "overselling" fat skis).

post #6 of 18

Agree with Whiteroom. You're looking for a frontside carver. Also some good ones from Head, Fischer, and Dynastar.

 

What dinky mountain in New York?

post #7 of 18

The Head Rally is your ticket.

 

I ski it at Killington on the fast and firm days and is awesome on groomers.

 

Great edge hold. Can't wipe the smile of my face.

 

Much better ski on the groomers than the Brahma.

 

I am 6.1 ft 180lb  and ski the 177cm length

 

 

Read the reviews and try them.

 

You won't be disappointed.

 

 

CJ

post #8 of 18

Whiteroom's suggestion, the Rossi Pursuit, deserves a look, too.  I skied a Pursuit 18 out West on hard pack (what we call good hard snow here in the East), and it was a total blast -- light (compared to my Contact 4x4s), tons of edge hold, fell into a carve like nobody's business.  Caveat, though -- I'm thirty pounds lighter than you and at least a half-foot shorter.  I demoed a 170. 

post #9 of 18

You're definitely looking for a frontside ski. Don't overthink this. There are a lot of good skis in that category that will suit your needs just fine. I'd be careful not to go too stiff if you're still that infrequently. Most the recommendations here would work. Do yourself a favor and find a deal with STP or the Clymb, etc.

post #10 of 18

I went with a 2014 Pair of the Brahma in 180cm, I'm in the north east. Ill be a skiing blue mt in pa and then Whiteface in NY. Ill also be getting out west, I went with a pow ski and a pair of 2014 K2 Sights for $199, in 179cm. Im 6' and 200-210, I also enjoy going fast. I cant wait to see how I like the brahma.

post #11 of 18

If you're looking for purely groomers, take the Experience 88 off your list and replace it with the Pursuit 16 or 18. Also check out the K2 Charger and MX 83... RTM 81 and 84 would be better options then the Brahma from a groomers standpoint. 

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
What is the difference between the Rossy pursuit 16 and 18. I can't find any explanation online
post #13 of 18

sidecut, the 16 has a shorter turn radius.

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
 

sidecut, the 16 has a shorter turn radius.


I read somewhere that it's a softer ski.  Is that right?

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice. I ended up with the Pursuit 16
post #16 of 18

I would most definitely check out the Nordica Fire Arrow 84 Pro's. If $$ is not a hindrance check out the EDT 84's, GREAT frontside carver with the best stability at high speeds!

post #17 of 18

He bought the Pursuit 16's three weeks ago. A good choice. 

 

As the owner of a pair of Firearrow EDT's, with two other pairs being skied in my family, I absolutely would not recommend them to the OP, BTW. Great ski for the right skier, on the right hill, the right day, with open space and firm snow. And the experience {or skill} to ski it well. Firearrow Pro is a more versatile ski, a better ski for 98% of the skiing population, IMO, and a better value. Even if one's pockets are over flowing with cash, the Pro is a great ski. 

 

Wilturkies, you're going to love that ski. Great choice for where you are. Hope where you are in NY is off to a great start to the season. Good year to be in the Northeast….at least right now.

post #18 of 18

I believe that's what I recommended: The Fire Arrow Pro, if you read my post. Pursuit is a darn good ski. Thanks.

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