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Hi all, new to forum, and looking for some advice. Looking to spend about $500 to $600 (with bindings), and have no problem buying last years models.

I am 6'2 , 205 pounds , expert skier Ive skied on Salomon X Screams 180 cm I bought 11 years ago, when I was 18.

 

I do ski some blue groomers but hoping that a newer ski would help improve my experience on mogul'd black / dbl black trails. If I were to have a complaint about anything, its that I do have trouble doing quick turns on steep, mogul'd terrain and my legs get worn out pretty quick. I realize that a lot of this is being in good skiing shape and I'm older and 20 lbs heavier (than when I skied a ton in college), but I figure this may be useful info in selecting a ski. I've heard talk from people that say new tech. makes a shorter ski more suitable, long story but I had to ski on 170s this year and really did not enjoy the feel of a shorter ski; so I am leaning more towards a 178-180 range ski (180 goes to my mouth).

 

Please advise, any deals on websites or upcoming deals would be appreciated to!

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Originally Posted by Pete7777 View Post
 

Hi all, new to forum, and looking for some advice. Looking to spend about $500 to $600 (with bindings), and have no problem buying last years models.

I am 6'2 , 205 pounds , expert skier Ive skied on Salomon X Screams 180 cm I bought 11 years ago, when I was 18.

 

I do ski some blue groomers but hoping that a newer ski would help improve my experience on mogul'd black / dbl black trails. If I were to have a complaint about anything, its that I do have trouble doing quick turns on steep, mogul'd terrain and my legs get worn out pretty quick. I realize that a lot of this is being in good skiing shape and I'm older and 20 lbs heavier (than when I skied a ton in college), but I figure this may be useful info in selecting a ski. I've heard talk from people that say new tech. makes a shorter ski more suitable, long story but I had to ski on 170s this year and really did not enjoy the feel of a shorter ski; so I am leaning more towards a 178-180 range ski (180 goes to my mouth).

 

Please advise, any deals on websites or upcoming deals would be appreciated to!


Welcome to Epic!

 

I'm not sure anyone would suggest a shorter ski than what you're on, considering you're 6'2" and 205.  The trend now seems to be longer rather than shorter, at least among the fashionable -- the advice you've been given comes from c. 2004, maybe.  At a guess, 180 would a bit short for you in any case.

 

Many here have more experience than I do, but I will suggest what Utagonian's link suggests: demo. Look for free demo days at the resorts you frequent -- play around with particular skis at different lengths after you've done a little research here.

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Welcome to Epic.  After reading what you're experiencing with difficulty making quick turns, I don't think new skis are going to solve the problem.  My guess is that either your boots do not fit properly or your technique is lacking.  If your boots are as old as your skis, you need new ones and you need to get them from a knowledgeable fitter, not some place like Sports Authority or any other big box sporting goods store, including REI.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology and also check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a fitter near you.  If there isn't ask and someone here can recommend a good fitter near you.


Edited by mtcyclist - 1/27/15 at 10:38pm
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