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Buying my first skis [third season, northeast]

post #1 of 6
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Hi,

 

Here is yet another topic for helping a fellow skier to make a selection. To answer the key questions:

 

1- I will be skiing mainly in Northeast in the Maine, NH, VA VT area

2- I prefer groomed terrain for now due to my limited experience. But I am always envying skiers doing the moguls or powder, so I am hoping that I can advance to that level at some point.

3- This season I plan to do maybe 10-11 days in total.

4- I am skiing for 2 years. Initially I took a 6 day comprehensive course (~24 hours) and I did another 5-6 days of skiing on top of that. Currently I am able to do most of the blue slopes and some of the easier black ones.

5- My height is 5'8" and weight is about 140 pounds.

 

I already bought my ski boots (Rossignol Exalt X 70). Now I am looking for a ski/binding. I like making quick small radius turns, so I am trying to find something that can do that. One time when I rented the ski it had perhaps a problem and it was really really hard for me to carve it into snow while turning. It was a really scary experience, I fell several times trying to initiate the turn. I had to change the ski at the end. Anyways, I am trying to find something that wouldn't cause similar problems.I have a budget around $300+-$100. After doing some research I narrowed to the following to skis:

2012 Blizzard Magnum 7.6

2014 Head Rev 78

The first one is $300 and the second one is $380 at the vendor I found them at. Both have 163 cm length. Let me know which one do you think would be better for me. Ideally I want to use this for maybe 5-6 years, so it should be something that I can use right now as well as it can support my progress for several years. 

 

If you have any other recommendations you are more than welcome.

 

Thanks a lot.

 

Mod edit: fixed VA -> VT

post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by oahsen View Post
 

Hi,

 

Here is yet another topic for helping a fellow skier to make a selection. To answer the key questions:

 

1- I will be skiing mainly in Northeast in the Maine, NH, VA area

2- I prefer groomed terrain for now due to my limited experience. But I am always envying skiers doing the moguls or powder, so I am hoping that I can advance to that level at some point.

3- This season I plan to do maybe 10-11 days in total.

4- I am skiing for 2 years. Initially I took a 6 day comprehensive course (~24 hours) and I did another 5-6 days of skiing on top of that. Currently I am able to do most of the blue slopes and some of the easier black ones.

5- My height is 5'8" and weight is about 140 pounds.

 

I already bought my ski boots (Rossignol Exalt X 70). Now I am looking for a ski/binding. I like making quick small radius turns, so I am trying to find something that can do that. One time when I rented the ski it had perhaps a problem and it was really really hard for me to carve it into snow while turning. It was a really scary experience, I fell several times trying to initiate the turn. I had to change the ski at the end. Anyways, I am trying to find something that wouldn't cause similar problems.I have a budget around $300+-$100. After doing some research I narrowed to the following to skis:

2012 Blizzard Magnum 7.6

2014 Head Rev 78

The first one is $300 and the second one is $380 at the vendor I found them at. Both have 163 cm length. Let me know which one do you think would be better for me. Ideally I want to use this for maybe 5-6 years, so it should be something that I can use right now as well as it can support my progress for several years. 

 

If you have any other recommendations you are more than welcome.

 

Thanks a lot.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where do you ski in VA?  My home mountain is Massanutten even though I live in North Carolina.  I also ski out west.  Being retired makes longer trips easier to set up.

 

Can't help with skis because I'm a women.  But 163cm for a man who is 5'8", 140 pounds is too short.

 

If you haven't already, check out the EpicSki Articles under First Run (click on Articles in menu bar).  You may also find some useful threads in the Beginner Zone.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi, thanks for the reply. I meant VT actually (Stratton Mountain). Yep, this forum has so many great resources and articles, I am checking them out whenever I can find time.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by oahsen View Post
 

Hi, thanks for the reply. I meant VT actually (Stratton Mountain). Yep, this forum has so many great resources and articles, I am checking them out whenever I can find time.


Okay.  I fixed Post #1 for you to avoid confusion.

post #5 of 6

As a guy Short quick radius turns the ideal length 165cm and it called a slalom ski ;).

 

Seriously, just looking at the Blizzard specs, it should be ok for you for what you want to do.  It's advanced enough to push your limits and at the same time the slightly shorter length will make it slightly easier to ski.

 

I suspect the R is 16m which lets you have higher speed runs and tight turns if you want both.

 

Cheers.

post #6 of 6

Given the level skier you say you are and the fact that you are light in weight (140 lbs), you might consider getting a softish ski so you can feel it bend as you ski.  Developing a feel for what the ski is doing beneath you is an important part of increasing your skills.  

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