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post #31 of 52
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Do you know if K2 or Atomic will be their?

At Sunapee? Offhand I don't remember seeing either of those at the December event.

post #32 of 52

March 11-15 - BOB SKINNER’S SKI & SPORT DEMO DAYS:
Test next winter’s skis and snowboards from Rossignol, Head, Volkl, Nordica, Dynastar, Blizzard, Fischer, Burton, Roxy, Gnu and Lib Tech.  On the beach at Mount Sunapee.

 

It's sponsored by Bob Skinner's Ski Shop, not the manufacturers themselves. They don't carry K2 or Atomic. Sorry.

post #33 of 52
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Okay I appreciate it.  They probably would not let you demo the new skis that are out either.  It sounds like the would not have the whole line of the skis they handle either.  I appreciate it.

post #34 of 52
(Sunapee) Skinners demo is for all the skis they stock in the brands listed, including next years in the spring.

Okemo has a free demo 3/21 as well
post #35 of 52
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Does anyone know where to buy used skis online?  Is there a classifieds?

post #36 of 52
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Originally Posted by SUV Steve View Post

At Sunapee? Offhand I don't remember seeing either of those at the December event.
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Does anyone know where to buy used skis online?  Is there a classifieds?

You can start on EBay. A number of discount retailers advertise there, like Level Nine Sports and Powder7 -- you can go to their websites, too. I've had excellent luck with Powder7. There's Craig's List, though people don't always want to ship on Craig's List.
post #37 of 52
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Thanks!

post #38 of 52

Hi scsam. You got a lot of suggestions, down to specific model. I'm 49 now and the skis that I started on (190mm - 195mm with virtually no "waist") made "carving" seam like something that only the season experts could achieve. Now, the new shaped ski designs make carving almost natural and relatively easy to learn. If you think about progressing towards more of speed skiing, I would suggest to find a brand that you like and then pick a racing or as close to one as you feel comfortable and go with that. Your carving will improve because skis will give your less "carving support" and require your skill to make this happen and when you decide to go fast they will be easier to stay in a straight line without you fighting the skis' tendency to to turn. 

 

Just my opinion, I could be wrong (according to my wife I'm wrong 99.99% of the time).

post #39 of 52

I just want to add that casual east coast carvers are so neglected when it comes to reviews and marketing. It's weird looking up some of these skis and finding such little information and so few opinions on them. Not only do you west coasters get the good pow and open bowls but you get to be better informed consumers as well :P

post #40 of 52
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It sounds like you were skiing with long skis.  I seem comfortable about 165 - 170 in length.  When I go longer I seem to have less control.  I'm 6' tall and close to 200 lbs.  I talked to a guy at the ski shop I go to and he has been skiing a long time and is about 5'-7" and skis on a 150 and won't change.  he use to ski long skis and will never go back to them.

post #41 of 52

Scsam:

 

I am an East coast skier as well and will put in another plug for the Blizzard Latigo.  I'm a bit smaller than you (5'11", 180lb) and have been using them in 177 all season. Have nothing but good things to say about them.  At your size think 177 would be what you'd want in that ski.

post #42 of 52
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Does anyone know where to buy used skis online?  Is there a classifieds?


You probably know this already, but check the Marketplace forum here regularly.  There are often great skis from the last season or two and they are often in MUCH better shape than the "ridden hard ..." demo skis on ebay.

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I just want to add that casual east coast carvers are so neglected when it comes to reviews and marketing. It's weird looking up some of these skis and finding such little information and so few opinions on them. Not only do you west coasters get the good pow and open bowls but you get to be better informed consumers as well :P


Agree.  Skis that are best for many of the Eastern resort conditions are simply not as popular right now compared to the latest mid-fat (or fatter) models.  Many people buy skis for the conditions they wish they were skiing, as opposed to the conditions they ski most often!  Many of the frontside and all-mountain carvers that do get reviews are those that one should have close to expert-level skills to get the most out of.  There's a lot to be said for a good, versatile sub 80mm cruiser for a lot of Eastern weekend warriors and non-experts!  Just my $.02 ...

post #43 of 52
I really enjoy my Head rev80 for an all around ski. I'm about your size and on 177 (which I think you should be on as well). Carves well on firm snow and does well in moguls. The small bit of early rise makes pivoting them a lot easier than my other full camber ski.
post #44 of 52

Here's another demo day, this one at Cannon:

 

February 28: Demo Day w/ Sport Thoma
Come test new 2015 product from Sport Thoma's Demo Fleet! 9am-2pm at the main Cannon Base Area. Featuring the latest from Rossignol, Head, Blizzard, Kastle, Nordica, K2, Volkl & Armada. There is no cost to demo, you must be 18 with an ID and credit card

post #45 of 52
Thread Starter 
Okay thanks, I appreciate the info. It would be nice if they Fischers line and Dynaststar also.
post #46 of 52
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Thanks for the input. Did you Demo the Head Rev80 before you bought it?

I've been considering for the East Coast ice and hard pack the:

Fischer Progressor 800 or 900
Fischer Motive 76
Dynaststar Speed Course Pro
Blizzard Latigo (78 waist)
Blizzard Power 800
K2 Amp Charger
Kastle LX

Finding a place to Demo these is tough though there a a few Demo Days coming up from the information I received lately.
post #47 of 52
no demo, bought on good reviews. head ski isnt really represented here for some reason.
post #48 of 52
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Thanks for the input. Did you Demo the Head Rev80 before you bought it?

I've been considering for the East Coast ice and hard pack the:

Fischer Progressor 800 or 900
Fischer Motive 76
Dynaststar Speed Course Pro
Blizzard Latigo (78 waist)
Blizzard Power 800
K2 Amp Charger
Kastle LX

Finding a place to Demo these is tough though there a a few Demo Days coming up from the information I received lately.

 

For Kästle, you might want to contact The Boot Pro in Ludlow, VT (Okemo) -- 802 228-2776 -- and ask them whether they'll be demoing during Okemo's demo day, and if so, whether they'll be demoing the LX.

 

Great shop, by the way.

post #49 of 52

I believe First Trax in the Mount Snow area has most of the skis on the list, so you may want to give them a call.    At the demo center at the mountain, they have Heads, Nordica, and K2 as well.  So between the two of them, you could probably try them all out in a weekend.

post #50 of 52
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I believe First Trax in the Mount Snow area has most of the skis on the list, so you may want to give them a call.    At the demo center at the mountain, they have Heads, Nordica, and K2 as well.  So between the two of them, you could probably try them all out in a weekend.


First Trax -- good shop.

post #51 of 52
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have an opinion on the best non-metal ski that has speed and turns short to medium turns well for the East Coast in the 70 - 80 mm waist range?

post #52 of 52

Take a look at the Rossignol Experience 80

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