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Hi all, It's great reading all the suggestions and opinions here; I'm hoping to get some advice on new skis. I'm 61 years old, moderately fit, 145 lbs. I've been skiing two years, totally love it. I'm an intermediate, mostly blue runs, occasional single black diamond if my kids drag me, probably advanced intermediate by the end of the season. I take lots of lessons. I ski most weekends upstate NY/Vermont, but take a week each year in Montana. I've always used rental skis, but this year want to buy a pair. I've read lots of reviews on many forums. Here's my short list; any and all advice would be welcome. Rossignol experience 88, blizzard latigo, Volk kendo. Also, what about length? Thanks
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This is completely unrelated to the thread and needs its own thread.  But if you want a quick answer, go demo them and buy the one you like best.

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mod note: OP's post was moved from an unrelated thread

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Probably getting late to demo.  There are a few areas left in New England (like Killington), but most have probably shut down their demo programs and have moved on to clearance sales.  As a fellow senior eastern skier (69 next month) I would suggest an all-mountain ski with a waist between 75 and 85mm.  Since you will probably be mostly on firm groomers in the east, no need to go any wider.  Lots of choices.  Rossi Experience, Head Rev, etc. As to length, probably about 165 to 170 cm considering your weight.   

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Hi all, It's great reading all the suggestions and opinions here; I'm hoping to get some advice on new skis. I'm 61 years old, moderately fit, 145 lbs. I've been skiing two years, totally love it. I'm an intermediate, mostly blue runs, occasional single black diamond if my kids drag me, probably advanced intermediate by the end of the season. I take lots of lessons. I ski most weekends upstate NY/Vermont, but take a week each year in Montana. I've always used rental skis, but this year want to buy a pair. I've read lots of reviews on many forums. Here's my short list; any and all advice would be welcome. Rossignol experience 88, blizzard latigo, Volk kendo. Also, what about length? Thanks
Hi there , here is what I think and I hope this will help.Since you mention that you mostly ski blue intermediate runs in NE it is relevant if you have a look at the frontside section of the major brands (or piste/all mountain section) there are many options that may be good for you there.Also since you mention you are taking lots of lessons you may wish to discusse on this with your instructor who knows better than everybody else your exact ability level and may give some useful suggestions on your future purchase as well.The 3 models from your short list are more of a eastern free ride /all mountain options - not the best options to ski blue groomers in NE.About lenght --- between 165 - 170 cm you should be ok.
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Welcome to Epic.  Since most of your skiing is in the east and on blue groomed runs, I think your list is of by 5-10mm.  I think you're much better off buying a ski that's 75-80mm than one that's 88mm.  For the week in Montana, where BTW, leave your skis at home and rent what's appropriate for the conditions at the time.  Since you're taking lessons, you might actually be better off buying a used demo ski that's 75-80mm and appropriate for an intermediate.  In a couple of years you'll be a better skier and have a better understanding of what you really want in a ski and you can attend some local demo days and try out different skis.

 

Now, all that said, boots are way more important than skis.  If you don't own your own boots, that's the first and most important step.  If you already have boots and you bought them someplace where they ask your shoe size instead of measuring your foot, it is still your first and most important step.  Head over to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.

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I agree with talking with you're 'favorite' instructor.  I'm also a senior (68), eastern skier, a tiny bit larger, but similar and bought my skis on recommendation of my favorite instructor about 8 years ago.  Love em'!  Also, I also agree with mtcyclist about the boots.  Get fitted, get boots, then demo the skis your fave instructor recommends.  If you have an instructor in your age range (closer to 61 than 21), I think it'll go better for you.  Maybe even think of an older  instructor.  They would know more what you're looking forward to as you age.  Just my personal bias.  Also, my personal bias says to, at least think about knee bindings.  Am recovering from second ACL, etc. surgery in three years (second leg) and really believe if I'd had those bindings I wouldn't have injured either knee.  Just my opinion.

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^^^^ Agree, although a number of our regulars are current or past instructors/coaches, and some also own or work in shops. So some fairly strong advice around here if you know who you're reading.

 

OP: keep eyes peeled for qcanoe, who is a lighter eastern skier, knows appropriate gear. 

 

That said, IME (somewhat lighter, neither an instructor or a store person), the E83 (not 88) is a tough to beat for someone with your specs and mission if you tend to pass on days with bulletproof. OTOH, if you mostly ski whatever nature throws at you, then the Latigo would be my call, and perhaps expect to rent some fatty's if you go out west and it dumps.

 

If you continue to take lots of lessons, would also pay some attention to the current Fischer Motive 86, a touch on the wide side, but makes up for it with excellent grip, would be a bit demanding at first, but has higher versatility and performance upside than the Rossis. And IMO you'd love the Kastle LX82's as a silky smooth all-around. 


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