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new ski help [northeast, trips to Rockies, family skiing too]

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

newbie to the site

5'11" 180 advanced/expert male skiing late 30s ~20 days a year (hoping for more) half the time in northeast / half in rockies ... i'd guess that half of my skiing is with my kids on groomers / terrain parks stuff and other half is on steeps / off-piste terrain when i venture out without the little ones 

 

currently dont own anything but ...

i skied rossi sin 7s (172) out west last yr - really liked those

was put into dynastar cham 87 (172) last week out west - wasnt crazy about these

swapped into armada jj's (185) after the chams - took half a day or so to adjust but liked them 

 

would love a few other suggestions 

post #2 of 13

Both the Rossis and the Dynastar were too short for your stated size and skiing level.  

post #3 of 13
^^^

This.

Not only that, but you are all over the map in width there. It's like you threw a dart at Ski magazine.

Where do you ski in the east? How many years have you been skiing? Favorite runs (for real; no posing)? What have you liked or not about specific skis?
post #4 of 13

So…..you need to buy a pair of skis for a typical New England/New York winter. Your radar should include:

 

Elan Amphibio 88

Volkl Kendo

Dynastar Powertrack 89

Blizzard Brahma

Rossignol Experience 88

Nordica NRGY 90

 

I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Get off those big dumb skis and buy a ski for the conditions you're likely to ski. No one should buy a ski like the JJ unless it's your third pair of skis and you like looking at gear in your man cave. 

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

qcanoe - totally get that i've been all over the map as far as width - been taking suggestions based on what is available from rental places as i try to get up to speed on different skis

 

in the east, i ski mohawk, butternut, mt snow and bromley 

 

i grew up skiing (so 13yrs skiing when i was younger) but basically i took a 15+yr hiatus from skiing after tearing my knees up playing sports in college - got back into it 3yrs ago to get my kids started 

 

as far as favorite runs - main chute, greeley + devils castle areas @ alta and gullies, headwaters + challenger areas @ big sky from recent trips out west ... with the kids its either groomers/terrain parks just watching them 

 

hope this helps 

post #6 of 13
Fair enough, have you updated your boots?
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

shopgimp - thanks for the suggestions - i will read up on these

 

i havent rented the big dumb skis on the east coast - i rent some elan erise for the local season - but these seem to be as ordinary as ordinary gets 

 

i figured i would look to buy a good all mountain ski thats good on steeps/crusty stuff but its still stable on groomers and if i'm out west for a powder day, id just demo some fat boards

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

cantunamunch - i bought lange rx120s two years ago ... pretty happy with them so far but open to other suggestions there as well

post #9 of 13

Lange rx120's are a good boot. Have you had them fitted, or are you wearing them off-the-shelf? If you are wearing them OTS, first spend some money and get them fitted by a good bootfitter. 

 

Once that's done, get yourself a good all mountain ski thats in the 85-90 underfoot range. Something with a bit of rocker at tip, maybe some in the tail. But you definitely want camber underfoot. 

post #10 of 13

Just checking - your impressions of the skis you demoed could have been caused by underlying balance issues in an ill fitted or antique boot.   The ski you liked is nothing but sweet spot.    The ski you didn't like changes personality depending on where you balance on it. 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

freeski919 - i did have the lange's fitted ... as u said, i was leaning toward something w rocker/camber/rocker profile 

post #12 of 13

I don't know skis, but I know some people like 'em stiff and stable and some folks like 'em nimble and turny and everything in between.  IMO these things are much more important than width.  Figure out what characteristics you prefer in your skis before accepting recommendations.  

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by crank View Post
 

I don't know skis, but I know some people like 'em stiff and stable and some folks like 'em nimble and turny and everything in between.  IMO these things are much more important than width.  Figure out what characteristics you prefer in your skis before accepting recommendations.  


Well, sure, but how is he going to do that if he doesn't know where to start?      This thread is as much about getting him oriented as about suggesting specific models for purchase.     Can't have this gear stuff be too easy for us responders you know.   We gotta earn our self-congratulatory beers.      :beercheer:

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