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Skis for beginner... [mostly for Maine]

post #1 of 6
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You guys and girls probably get a lot of these threads, so apologies in advance!

 

 

I am a pretty new skier, I started this winter. I've gotten some of the basics down but still have a way to go before I am considered a solid intermediate.

 

I've been skiing on a pair of Volkl AC Unlimited 7.4's that are 142cm. I am 5' 4", 160 lbs. At higher speeds they do feel a little unstable, which everything I have read and nearly everyone I have talked to have suggested will be the case. I have a good grasp of why that happens, not a big deal. 

 

I'm wondering what a good ski would be to progress to when I get a longer ski. I think I'd like a solid intermediate ski, one that is not too demanding, but that I can hone my skills on and get more confident at speed and maneuvering.  A local shop has suggested the Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti (156 cm) as a ski I could "grow into" and it looks like a great ski, but it seems to me it may be beyond my current ability, and that I wouldn't necessarily grow into it. The Atomic Nomad Smoke Ti was also mentioned, in 157 cm, and the Elan Morpheo 8 QT 160 cm. I am open to other brands, ideas. I see a lot of the technology being mentioned in all the adverts and press releases about the various skis. I don't need all the bells and whistles, just a solid platform that I won't outgrow in a year (unless I do nothing but ski all next winter).

 

I do have my own boots, in case that factors into anyones response.

 

Thanks!

 

-Andrew

post #2 of 6
What everyone is going to want to ascertain first is that the boots fit you. Really. That's how it works here. Most beginners can't tell the difference between one pair of similarly sized skis and another. They're too busy flailing because their boots are too big.
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I started out in boots that were too big, had a chance meeting with a guy who ran a ski shop and he asked me what size boots I had been using. I told him 305mm and his reaction was very strong. I wear size 6.5 mens so I was in boots that were way too large. I got sized and fitted and ended up with size 23.5 Mondo boots with a 267mm sole. Atomic Overload 70's. They fit much better and I do feel more secure and stable on the skis than I had.

post #4 of 6

Welcome to Epic.  Good that you have boots that fit, but be aware that as you get better the boots you have now will be inadequate because the will be too soft.  Not a big deal now, but in a year or two it will be and you will want and need something around 100 flex.  You may need to look at women's boot due to your small foot size.  But that's for later.

 

I've skied the Atomic Smoke Ti and I think this might actually be a pretty good ski for you.  It is not a demanding ski but harder you drive it the more rewarding it is.  I do think the Salomon is probably too much ski for you.  I've skied the X-drive 8.8 and it requires a fair amount of input.  It is a serious carving machine but it really doesn't take well to poor input.  Without knowing where you mostly ski, it's hard to recommend much but there is one ski you might want to consider, if you're planning to buy when the season starts in the fall and that is the Head Strong Instinct Ti, 83mm waist, early rise tip and fairly lightweight.  It is very quick and doesn't demand that you drive it hard but the harder you drive it the better it responds.  You won't find much, if anything in the way of reviews on the internet and I don't think Head has updated their website for the new stuff yet.  I skied this ski twice at Copper Mountain during the industry demos and it impressed me enough that I have a pair ordered for next season and I already have a pair of skis that are 84mm.  It was that much fun to ski.  If you're planning to buy now, forget all that.

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Welcome to Epic.  Good that you have boots that fit, but be aware that as you get better the boots you have now will be inadequate because the will be too soft.  Not a big deal now, but in a year or two it will be and you will want and need something around 100 flex.  You may need to look at women's boot due to your small foot size.  But that's for later.

 

I've skied the Atomic Smoke Ti and I think this might actually be a pretty good ski for you.  It is not a demanding ski but harder you drive it the more rewarding it is.  I do think the Salomon is probably too much ski for you.  I've skied the X-drive 8.8 and it requires a fair amount of input.  It is a serious carving machine but it really doesn't take well to poor input.  Without knowing where you mostly ski, it's hard to recommend much but there is one ski you might want to consider, if you're planning to buy when the season starts in the fall and that is the Head Strong Instinct Ti, 83mm waist, early rise tip and fairly lightweight.  It is very quick and doesn't demand that you drive it hard but the harder you drive it the better it responds.  You won't find much, if anything in the way of reviews on the internet and I don't think Head has updated their website for the new stuff yet.  I skied this ski twice at Copper Mountain during the industry demos and it impressed me enough that I have a pair ordered for next season and I already have a pair of skis that are 84mm.  It was that much fun to ski.  If you're planning to buy now, forget all that.


Hi mtcyclist,

 

Thanks for your reply, and input!

 

I figured that as I improved I would eventually be desiring stiffer boots. It'll be a process. I think I'll be set for a couple years, and if not, it'll be because I have gotten better!

 

I'm in Maine, and have skied at several smaller mountains (basically big hills) this year, and will be making some last season trips up to Sugarloaf and over to Wildcat (NH). I've probably got about a month left to get skiing in. Next season I'll be skiing much of the same places as well. Or thats the plan.

 

I've been thinking about buying now if I can find a good deal locally…The one shop has the Atomic Smoke Ti for I think $450 with XTO 12 bindings.I looked online and it looks like those skis may be leftovers from 2012.

 

Do you have any thoughts on ideal length for me? I think whatever I end up will be rockered a bit, so I don't know if I should look at up to 160's or stick with 156/157cm.

 

Thanks!

post #6 of 6

Unless you're still growing, which I sort of doubt is the case, I think you're better off to stick with the 157.  The ski has some early rise but not a lot so it will definitely give you more stability than your current ski.

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