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Ski recommendations [in PA, mostly at Blue]

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Was just hoping to get some ideas/help in regards to choosing new skis. Some stats about myself: 5'8", 178 lbs. I would consider myself an intermediate to advanced skier. I can ski any trail, but I have plenty of room to improve my techniques and skills. I ski in Northeast Pennsylvania, mostly at Blue Mountain ski area. I want to improve my technique and want a ski that I'll be able to rip around the whole mountain in any condition. While I do enjoy jumping here and there, I am more inclined to fly around the whole mountain and work on my carving, bomb some hills and just generally tear it up. I am having such a hard time choosing skis for my likes, skill level, and the type of skiing there is in Northeast Pennsylvania. I am back and forth between these 9 skis: Nordica Hell and Back, Line Sick Day 95, Blizzard Bonafide, Cochise, or Brahma, K2 Shreditor, Moment PB&J, Tahoe, or Deathwish. After this, it's choosing the right length. I know that's a lot. There are just so many in the All Mountain category it's crazy. I am hoping to find a ski that will last many seasons. Anyway, if anyone has any good experiences on any of these or feels any of these fits the bill for what I'm looking for, let me know! Thanks.
Edited by Tifosi - 11/18/14 at 6:50pm
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Welcome to Epic Ski.  Your 172 cm tall and as an intermediate skier you may prefer a ski that is nose tall (168?).  Me, I am 5"10" and my everyday carving ski is 179 and my other firm ski is 185, so really, you should try and demo a few different sizes to see what you think.  I mean, you may prefer a 178 if your an advanced skier.  Honestly, I have read great reviews on ever ski you mentioned.  So again the answer is to demo if at all possible.  All the skis I buy are not available to demo, so I do my homework, make sure I get a smokin deal in case I need to re-sell them and do my best to make them my b!tch. YRMV, but it works for me.

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A lot of great skis there. But as someone who skis at Blue too much, I wouldn't recommend 8 of them as your only ski for Blue. The Brahma would be as wide as I would want for a mountain that small and consistently firm.

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I agree with RPTW.  I would stick with a ski much narrower than the ones on your list.  Brahma would be the best choice of the skis listed.  Maybe take a look at the Bushwacker, given your ability and size. 

 

Not to say you couldn't make any of the other skis work, but definitely wouldn't be ideal for the typical conditions we see at Blue.

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A lot of great skis there. But as someone who skis at Blue too much, I wouldn't recommend 8 of them as your only ski for Blue. The Brahma would be as wide as I would want for a mountain that small and consistently firm.

 

 

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I agree with RPTW.  I would stick with a ski much narrower than the ones on your list.  Brahma would be the best choice of the skis listed.  Maybe take a look at the Bushwacker, given your ability and size. 

 

Not to say you couldn't make any of the other skis work, but definitely wouldn't be ideal for the typical conditions we see at Blue.

If the skis on the list, Brahma would be as wide as I would go. 

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Thanks for the answers guys. Darn, and I was sort of leaning towards a pair of 2014 Bonafides, given all the reviews I've read about how they rock on hardpack, some pow, and everything in between. I thought they'd be ok for blue or just about anywhere I'd go.... Would the Bonafides really be a bad choice given my stats?
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Thanks for the answers guys. Darn, and I was sort of leaning towards a pair of 2014 Bonafides, given all the reviews I've read about how they rock on hardpack, some pow, and everything in between. I thought they'd be ok for blue or just about anywhere I'd go.... Would the Bonafides really be a bad choice given my stats?

If you did your research completely everyone would have said that the Brahma is the Bonafide choice (see what I did there) for the east, so in a way you are getting a better Bonafide for east. 

post #8 of 8
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Bonafides-West, Brahma's-East. Waist too wide on most of those choices for the conditions I'll typically see. Got it. I should have been looking at smaller waists all along.
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