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I am new here, very first post actually.  I have been skiing for nearly 20 years, very casually.  I am now getting a divorce and with the freedom plan to start skiing much much more.  I usually learn and know all about the the equipment I have and use but I am having a hard time with skis. One place I look it will say these skis are for advance only then another place will say intermediate/advanced.

 

I am in Michigan, I will ski groomed runs 95% of the time.  I would like to get a trip in out west every year.  I would say I am an intermediate/advanced skier.  I am 5'9" 160 lbs without gear.  I am currently skiing on 15 year old straight skis, Head M3's 175cm.  I found a pair of rossingnnol 9 Ti Zenith Oversize for cheap, slightly used from craigslist.

 

1. Are these appropriate skis for me?

2. Before I went and looked at my skis, I thought I had 165cm, the Rossingnols are 162cm, are they too short?

 

My budget for new skis is around $600, I frequently buy things used from craigslist and would like to do that here if practical.   Thank you much for any help, I am sure these questions get old, but I am just lost with all the options out there.

post #2 of 12
With a little searching, you can get brand new skis and bindings for under $600, so don't pay that for used equipment. Look for "new old" stock, i.e., last year's stuff or maybe two seasons back.
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Originally Posted by rockyrunner99 View Post
 

I am new here, very first post actually.  I have been skiing for nearly 20 years, very casually.  I am now getting a divorce and with the freedom plan to start skiing much much more.  I usually learn and know all about the the equipment I have and use but I am having a hard time with skis. One place I look it will say these skis are for advance only then another place will say intermediate/advanced.

 

I am in Michigan, I will ski groomed runs 95% of the time.  I would like to get a trip in out west every year.  I would say I am an intermediate/advanced skier.  I am 5'9" 160 lbs without gear.  I am currently skiing on 15 year old straight skis, Head M3's 175cm.  I found a pair of rossingnnol 9 Ti Zenith Oversize for cheap, slightly used from craigslist.

 

1. Are these appropriate skis for me?

2. Before I went and looked at my skis, I thought I had 165cm, the Rossingnols are 162cm, are they too short?

 

My budget for new skis is around $600, I frequently buy things used from craigslist and would like to do that here if practical.   Thank you much for any help, I am sure these questions get old, but I am just lost with all the options out there.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Can't help with ski selection.  Wanted to let you know about the regional thread for folks in Michigan.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/129955/calling-all-michigan-epic-skiers-yoopers-trolls-and-those-from-out-of-state

 

Are you using boots that are of the same vintage as the Head M3?

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Originally Posted by rockyrunner99 View Post
 

I am new here, very first post actually.  I have been skiing for nearly 20 years, very casually.  I am now getting a divorce and with the freedom plan to start skiing much much more.  I usually learn and know all about the the equipment I have and use but I am having a hard time with skis. One place I look it will say these skis are for advance only then another place will say intermediate/advanced.

 

I am in Michigan, I will ski groomed runs 95% of the time.  I would like to get a trip in out west every year.  I would say I am an intermediate/advanced skier.  I am 5'9" 160 lbs without gear.  I am currently skiing on 15 year old straight skis, Head M3's 175cm.  I found a pair of rossingnnol 9 Ti Zenith Oversize for cheap, slightly used from craigslist.

 

1. Are these appropriate skis for me?

2. Before I went and looked at my skis, I thought I had 165cm, the Rossingnols are 162cm, are they too short?

 

My budget for new skis is around $600, I frequently buy things used from craigslist and would like to do that here if practical.   Thank you much for any help, I am sure these questions get old, but I am just lost with all the options out there.


Where are you in Michigan?

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Thread Starter 
Yes my boots are The same vintage if not older tech than my skis. They are the old style that open in the back.

I am just north of Grand Rapids, your not going to try to get my skis are you. smile.gif

I have looked a little bit for new old stock but haven't had much luck. These skis being reported as the best all around skis, and they are like new(haven't looked for myself yet). Seemed like a great option. For that $600 I need boots too!
post #6 of 12

Like Sibhusky said - look for NOS skis. Low 160s length is a little short; high 160s/low 170s would be better although if you were out west it would be high 170s.

Lots of NOS with Action Sports Outlet and free shipping. Here is an example

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Dynastar-Outland-87-Fluid-172cm-Ski-PX-12-Bindings-/311205549662?pt=Skiing&hash=item48754bd65e

 

A modern, intermediate/advanced, all mountain type ski including quality bindings. Also listed in a 178. $400

 

The hard part will be new boots. You can spend $600 ++ on boots alone and they are more important than the skis. If (big 'IF') there is a qualified boot fitter nearby and not a boot seller you might think about buying boots this year and just beater skis then upgrade skis next year. Read this before shopping for boots otherwise you will likely waste your money on boots that are too big.

 

 http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by rockyrunner99 View Post

Yes my boots are The same vintage if not older tech than my skis. They are the old style that open in the back.

I am just north of Grand Rapids, your not going to try to get my skis are you. smile.gif

I have looked a little bit for new old stock but haven't had much luck. These skis being reported as the best all around skis, and they are like new(haven't looked for myself yet). Seemed like a great option. For that $600 I need boots too!


I know a guy who runs a shop in Muskegon who may be able to help you out.  Look for Northern Edge Sports

Here is a link to their new Facebook page. 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Edge-Snowsports/244718425390?pnref=lhc

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2669 Holton rd. Muskegon. Stop in and check us out. We have your new skis!!
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Airhorton View Post

2669 Holton rd. Muskegon. Stop in and check us out. We have your new skis!!


@rockyrunner99 , @Airhorton is a good guy and he's not too far from you.  I'd go see what he can do for you.  He carries Kastle, Blizzard, and Elan (among others) and will surely have something for you. 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice everyone. As far as boots, what do you think of Nordica NRGY H3? I am thinking about getting these boots, maybe use them with my old skis for this year, or buy the used skis. Then next year get some new skis that are longer.

I will check out air hortons store, I am heading down that way posibly this week.
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Rocky, you've already gotten a few comments, but I'll just make it clear.  BOOTS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR EQUIPMENT!  ONLY buy boots from someone who knows what they are doing in terms of fitting you.  Given a lot of reading one can settle on appropriate skis over the internet, though you may still go wrong.  Deciding on boots over the internet is guaranteed to go wrong.  Don't decide based on reviews, price, color, availability, time, or any other external consideration -- only in-person fitting with a knowledgeable and intelligent fitter.  You will save yourself untold dollars, time, frustration, and pain -- and you will advance your skill faster, too.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I did find a seemingly knowledgable boot fitter her a a local ski shop. Just like you guys said, it made a difference. I did buy the used skis, and am stretching my budget a little with some new boots. I still might try to make it over to Muskegon yet.
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