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What Skis Should I Look At?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a new pair of skis.
About me:
5 foot 9
160 lbs
Good physical shape
Male
Advanced Skier
East Coast (Maine)
Prefer ungroomed and glades (but spend time on groomers if conditions require)
I have kids who play in the parks so I will occasionally heed the siren's call (it's not pretty)
30+ days per year
38 years old
Currently on a 70 waist set of intermediate skis I picked up cheap 6 years ago
This will be a one ski quiver so I'm looking for something that can do it all: tight turns in the trees, the rare (although not this year) East Coast powder day and time on the groomers.
Would the Rossi Experience 88 do the trick and if so what other skis in that class should I be looking at? If not, which skis should I be looking at?
If more information is needed, ask away.
Thanks!
post #2 of 6

Blizzard Brahma, DPS Wailer 99, Stockli SR88 & Y85, Kastle fx94, Line Supernatural 92, K2 Shreditor 92

post #3 of 6

DPS, Stockil, and Kastle are not going to be cheap and may not be easy to find. Does a local shop offer demos? If so, do that. No substitute for trying skis. 

 

To answer your original question, I think Experience 88 is a little more groomer oriented than you might be looking for. Brahma might be a better choice. Length may be a question for you. 173 may be too short given the tip/tail rocker, but 180 might be too demanding at your weight. Demo if you can :)

post #4 of 6
Another Maine skier here. The 90+ mm skis utahgonian suggests are good for a month like this one, when we're getting plenty of natural snow, no thaws or rains (shhhhh), and there is a good base.

But before you get too carried away, cast an unblinkered honest eye back over the last ten seasons' worth of ski days that you actually took. How many of them were frolics in the trees and bumps on decent ungroomed natural snow? How many were hardscrabble groomers, full stop? How many were a mix? Honestly - not wishful thinking. That's what I thought.

Demo some skis in the high 80s like the E88 and Brahma mentioned, but also try some in the 75 - 85 range. Do it on a typical day, not a powder day (unless you somehow manage to make pow typical.)
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Originally Posted by kauffee View Post

DPS, Stockil, and Kastle are not going to be cheap and may not be easy to find. Does a local shop offer demos? If so, do that. No substitute for trying skis. 

To answer your original question, I think Experience 88 is a little more groomer oriented than you might be looking for. Brahma might be a better choice. Length may be a question for you. 173 may be too short given the tip/tail rocker, but 180 might be too demanding at your weight. Demo if you can smile.gif

177 Latigo? smile.gif
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177 Latigo? smile.gif


That would work :)

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