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Icelantic Pilgrim - What's Similar? (K2, Head, Rossi, Atomic)

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I have been skiing once per year for the past 4 years all at Red River, NM during spring break.   I rent at a small local shop and upgrade to the "demo" level.   The last 3 years, I have rented Icelantic Pilgrims.   I have really enjoyed them.

 

This year, we are skiing at Angel Fire, MN at new years.   None of the shops there demo Icelantic skis.    So, I am looking for recommendations.

 

About my skiing:

I like carving turns on wide, groomed, blue runs.

I like a fluid less effort ski, but one that can be a little more nimble when needed.

 

I am 5ft. 7in. tall and weigh 185 lbs.

 

Based upon the above, what would you recommend for me?

 

My 14 yo son, also demo-ed the Pigrims last year and loved them.   Here's his info in case you'd recommend something else for him:

Likes carving on groomed blues.

Likes tucking and just going straight at times

Last year he found a small 3ft jump and did that several times

Will timidly ski through the park and go off the corners of some of the jumps

He is 5ft. 6in tall and weighs 130 lbs.

 

Based upon this, what you you recommend for him?

 

 

One of the shops said they demo these models:

Atomic Smoke

Head Rev 80's

Rossignol Experience

K2 Rictor

 

I haven't spoken to the other shop, but their site says they demo:  K2, Head, Nortica

 

I have seen people compare the Icelantic Pilgrims to these two models, but I haven't confirmed that they can be rented/demo-ed at Angel Fire.

Line Profit 90

K2 Shreditor

 

Regards,

Todd

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Bump.   (Phil Collin's "No Reply at All..." ?)

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What have you been renting since 2014?  What are the stats for your son now?

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I believe you mean NM, not MN, lol. (edit: my bad)

 

My advice would be to rent 'demo' skis (models for sale to the general public in retail ski shops) for whatever conditions you face. The gals and guys at the shop can help you match those up. You'll be renting, if you hate them change them out, if you're afraid of missing fresh lines because you're changing out your skis, then it sounds like a pow day and in that case, if I was renting I'd be looking to use something fatter than 90ish (Pilgrim IIRC, unless you meant Pilgrim SKNY), maybe 115 or more (and trying to trade out the night before if I could). 

 

Pilgrim is a ski I'd love to try but I own an 88 so, I'll just ski that, cuz I own it and, who knows, maybe mine is better for me than the Pilgrim but I wouldn't know. IMHO, you're missing one of the advantages of not owning skis which is feeling more free to try a bunch of different stuff. 

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Duh - Tanks for asking @marznc

A lot changed...   

Me:  Down to 170 lbs (Woo hoo!)

Son:  Up to 170 lbs, too!   He's also up to 5'8"

 

We skied Angel Fire in 2015 and 2016.   I am a bad "weekend wally".   I don't recall what I rented.  Just as @HooDooThere said, I rented the demo level and discussed skiing style and ski shape preferences with the local shop (Cottams).   I need to dig up the receipts.  I think I know where they are...

 

This year we are booked to go to Heavenly for Spring Break.   Tons of snow now.  Hope for some fresh layers in March.  We still love cruising fast down blues.   My son has started doing basic jumps in the terrain parks, too.   Tried trees for the first time last year.  Fun and no crowds.    I haven't started researching local shops near Heavenly.   Need to find a good locals shop with a good boot fitter.     

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Duh - Tanks for asking @marznc

A lot changed...   

Me:  Down to 170 lbs (Woo hoo!)

Son:  Up to 170 lbs, too!   He's also up to 5'8"

 

We skied Angel Fire in 2015 and 2016.   I am a bad "weekend wally".   I don't recall what I rented.  Just as @HooDooThere said, I rented the demo level and discussed skiing style and ski shape preferences with the local shop (Cottams).   I need to dig up the receipts.  I think I know where they are...

 

This year we are booked to go to Heavenly for Spring Break.   Tons of snow now.  Hope for some fresh layers in March.  We still love cruising fast down blues.   My son has started doing basic jumps in the terrain parks, too.   Tried trees for the first time last year.  Fun and no crowds.    I haven't started researching local shops near Heavenly.   Need to find a good locals shop with a good boot fitter.     


Yeah, young teens keep growing. ;)

 

There are recent threads about Heavenly that include people asking for recommendations for buying boots.  The tag link (under Topics Discussed in Desktop mode) goes to the EpicSki Resort page.  Scroll down for the list of related threads.  Or you could start a new thread with a more appropriate thread title.

 

There is also a pretty active ongoing thread for Tahoe.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147489/2016-17-tahoe-weather-discussion-stoke

 

Have fun!

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I found my old rental slip...  Darn handwriting is hard to read.

 

Last year:

Me:   Rossingnol Experience 98s   150-13-98 (back when I was 180 lbs)

Son:  Elan Twin Tips - says Purple/stage or clase or ???) 157-11-19 (he was 140 at the time)

 

We both rented Dalbello Aspect (probably 80) boots.

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