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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Wanted to reach out to everyone in the Epicski community and say hello.


I'm recently getting back into skiing after 15 or so years and am looking at picking up a set of skis. I wouldn't consider myself more than a beginner-intermediate skier and have been looking at a couple different options for skis.  My main concern is getting something easy enough to turn while being able to grow with me as my skill increase.  I rented a set of K2 AMP 76Ti's yesterday and found them quite easy to ski and felt I could push myself into something a bit higher up.  The Volkl RTM series also looks attractive to me, but I've yet to try any from the line.  My local shop has RTM 75's available to demo and might give them a shot next weekend.  I was also looking at the 2015 RTM 8.0 (link below) which I can't find much info on, and would be curious to know how they compare to the RTM 75's.  I've posted a link to the intermediate ski selection my shop has in stock for demo.  I'm looking at sticking to groomed trails.   Any thoughts or other suggestions would be appreciated.  



Skidemo Intermediate Skis


RTM 8.0,default,pd.html



For boots, I'm looking at Rossignol's ALIAS SENSOR 100, which I road yesterday and found to be very comfortable.  Any thoughts on those would be appreciated as well.



Thanks in advance and all the best,



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post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Utagonian, additional info:


  • Gender, height, weight, age: Male, 6ft, 260lbs, 28 years old 
  • Skiing ability: Beginner-Intermediate 
  • Where you ski: Maine; Sunday River & Sugarloaf
post #4 of 15
Hopefully some one local to you will recommend a shop and boot fitter.

The boot fitter will look at your feet and legs and alignment and recommend a few boots to try. Don't go into the shop saying you want X boot.

That area has lots of good ski shops.

Do you need new skis, will used skis do until you get better after a few lessons ?

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post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Max, I'll check in with the Guy's at Ski Deport on a boot fitter, unless someone else has another shop recommendation.  I'm not loyal to any shop at the moment and would appreciate recommendations if anyone has had particularity good experience with a shop up here in Maine. I was very happy with the Rossignol's ALIAS SENSOR 100... it was really comfortable all day and accommodated my wider feet nicely.   


To answer your question on Ski's, I'm not a fan on buying used sporting equipment.  I'm not opposed to renting a few more times, but would prefer to buy in the near future and avoid that hassle.  I'm really looking for a ski that will serve me for the next 2-3 years... after that I don't mind investing in more advanced replacements.  I liked the K2 AMP 76Ti's, but don't want to sell myself short by going with something too far on the easier side. 

post #6 of 15

Welcome back,

You will likely find the RTM squirrely at speed coming straight back from 15 years off.


Not that it is a problem, but I recommend getting them anyway and relearning how to ski.  The key is to keep turning the other way.

Constant back and forth edging one side, other side left right and on and on is the new paradigm in skiing.


The RTM is a monster when called upon to take you where you never thought of before.  I've seen greybeards laying rails on steep hardpacked groomers as if they were casually getting some turns in for lunch.


Center of Mass(CoM) is three inches below your bellybutton, the front of your waistline is the point you move, thrust actually; forward diagonally across the ski results in an instantaneous turn, easy steezy.  It's not very hard to do just trust the skis to come back around for you.  I call it the leap of faith.  Start on the flats and feel how your skis respond for you, eager little creatures that bring you to the next turn.  All modern skis do an excellent job at this, it is just up to you to find your style and then buy with that style in mind, in the meantime the RTMs would be true companions.


In bumps I like to dive for a crossover, it sounds crazy but actually works.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice Buttinski!  I think I'm going to take the RTM 75's out for a spin this weekend and give them a shot.

post #8 of 15

I am 90# lighter than you so can't really relate.  I'm curious to see what the Bears recommend for a big guy who is just starting out like you are.  If you were an expert, I'd be thinking 190cm+ and super stiff but you are not.  How does a guy like you get a ski that is easy to ski that you don't fold in half if you hook it up?

post #9 of 15
Yea, Also thinking a 100flex boot might be a bit soft. But that's why you go to a great boot fitter. He'll know.

Ski length...I'd say something in the low 180's, upper 170'sCM for now. You need to build skills first.

I think I'd rent a couple more times and take a lesson of two before you invest in skis. Most shops will put the cost of the demo's towrads the price of the skis you buy.

Oh. welcome back to the sport.

FWIW, I have bought 3 pair of skis from skiessentials in the past 11 months. They are are out od Stowe VT. Also Sponsors here.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Max, I think that's the plan.  I took a lesson a couple weeks ago to get my fundamentals on the right track. I am going to try a couple more models over the next weeks.  I'm not looking to get anything longer than the 170 range right now.  I'm not a speed demon and not looking to impress anyone.  


I know Stowe well!  I went to college around Burlington, VT.  I'll check them out.   



post #11 of 15
Here's the link to the shop.

I was PM'ing Jake from the link here last week. He works in the warehouse.

Have spoken with Mike on the phone when I placed the order for the Knee Bindings a few weeks back.

Great customer service.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Max, I'm going to try to keep my business local, but will definitely check them out if my needs aren't met around here.

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Had some time on the way back from a client yesterday and stopped into Freeport Ski & Bike. They want to put me in a set of Rossignol Experience 84's in a 170, which I really liked. I've been told by a couple shops that the higher intermediate skis are still pretty forgiving and easy to ski, yet will provide me with more performance in the long run. Again I liked the Experience 84 but don't want to get over my head. Maybe the Experience 80 would be a better comprise.

Another thing was the Experience 84 they had was the open version, which you buy your bindings separately and mount them directly to the ski. What are the pros and cons to going with this over something that comes with an adjustable binding system?

Thanks again on the boot tips, I was able to go down two sizes!
post #14 of 15

The E84 is a good choice for you.  Not too demanding but enough performance to grow into.  And no disadvantage to "flat" skis.  Does give you a choice in bindings which a "system" ski does not.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks JimH, I really appreciate your input.  

Edited by McKenney - 9/21/15 at 8:32am
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