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I am a male who turns 17 years old in a month. I am about 5' 8" or 5' 9" tall and very skinny at 125 pounds. This past winter was my first season skiing, and now I am looking to buy my own pair of skis for the years to come. I got to go about 15 times last season. When I first started, I was really bad and couldn't even turn or stop. I gradually got better, and now I can do every slope at my local mountain (Montage Mountain in PA) except one of the double black diamonds. However, I can do every other slope including two other double black diamonds, relatively comfortably and rarely falling. I even got to go to Killington on a school ski club field trip and I was able to do all the intermediate terrain there pretty easily and struggled on Skye Lark (a black diamond) both times I went down. I would say I'm on the level inbetween intermediate and advanced. 

 

I am not sure what I'm really looking for in skis. I am a pretty aggressive skiier. I ski at a faster speed than most of those around me, and do a lot of carving and quick turns. I also enjoy going off jumps and riding boxes, but only enough to get maybe 2 feet in the air. I don't do any crazy tricks or rails. I don't go through any really deep snow or glades very often, but I would like to be able to go through deeper snow if I had to without sinking. But I think I would be fine to even on shorter skiis anyways just because I'm so light.

 

The budget isn't really a concern, if I like a particular pair of skis I will be willing to pay more. Of course cheaper is better, and I can't really spend $1,500 on a pair either.

 

What do you recommend?

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I wouldn't worry as much about size, I am almost your exact size, 5'9 135 lbs, and I can ski up to 180s(depending on the ski of course, and 180 would not be ideal for my size unless I was skiing some deep powder). For carvers I like a ski in the high 170's, My go to ski is a 178 kastle mx78.
If your looking for something you can go in the trees with is go shorter, around 170.

A few possible skis you might want to check out would be the head I.supershape Titan and the blizzard latigo, both skis that are around 80 underfoot and charge on piste but are versatile enough to be taken in the woods. If you're looking to go a little wider you could also check out the brahma.

These are only a few options and it would definitely be a good idea to check out the skis I mention as well as others that interest you, your shop recommends, and what other people here on epic recommended.

'Edit: I'd also add in the rossignol experience 88, it's a really great all mountain ski that can really do it all, it's also pretty forgiving.
Edited by Jonlevy77 - 8/23/15 at 10:05am
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Originally Posted by Mainline View Post
 

I am a male who turns 17 years old in a month. I am about 5' 8" or 5' 9" tall and very skinny at 125 pounds. This past winter was my first season skiing, and now I am looking to buy my own pair of skis for the years to come. I got to go about 15 times last season. When I first started, I was really bad and couldn't even turn or stop. I gradually got better, and now I can do every slope at my local mountain (Montage Mountain in PA) except one of the double black diamonds. However, I can do every other slope including two other double black diamonds, relatively comfortably and rarely falling. I even got to go to Killington on a school ski club field trip and I was able to do all the intermediate terrain there pretty easily and struggled on Skye Lark (a black diamond) both times I went down. I would say I'm on the level inbetween intermediate and advanced. 

 

I am not sure what I'm really looking for in skis. I am a pretty aggressive skiier. I ski at a faster speed than most of those around me, and do a lot of carving and quick turns. I also enjoy going off jumps and riding boxes, but only enough to get maybe 2 feet in the air. I don't do any crazy tricks or rails. I don't go through any really deep snow or glades very often, but I would like to be able to go through deeper snow if I had to without sinking. But I think I would be fine to even on shorter skiis anyways just because I'm so light.

 

The budget isn't really a concern, if I like a particular pair of skis I will be willing to pay more. Of course cheaper is better, and I can't really spend $1,500 on a pair either.

 

What do you recommend?


No need to spend a fortune.  You will get better and will probably add weight over the next few years.  Do not buy something that is ill suited to your current body type-ability level.  But do not spend a fortune either, as you will get better and likely bigger.  You will want something else eventually.

 

First, get boots that fit you well.  At your weight, do not go for something too stiff, but not a noodle either.  100 flex should be about right.

 

As to skis, find a closeout on last year's skis at bargain basement prices.  Look at places like SP and BC.  Get something about nose height (165-170cm ), low to mid 80s in width, and fairly soft, since you are light.  You may even want to consider women's models. 

post #4 of 6
Repeating what Pacobillie said, boots first. And don't buy them online or at your local box store. They should be SNUG!!!! Not painful, but way way tighter than you think could possibly be right. Why? Because these are not hiking boots, they are the main connection between your feet and the ski, transmitting your commands. Also, the soles do not flex around your foot as you use them, unlike shoes, so you're going to want a shorter size than you would use for other footwear. Almost all skiers end up with boots that are too big the first time around. The boots feel perfect in the shop, then the lining starts conforming, packing down, and suddenly they are ratcheting the buckles tighter and tighter and having pain and cold feet. Ask around either WINNING race team kids or instructors to see who they all go to to get their boots fit. If they tell you some box store or online, write them off and keep asking. At some point, you will find a consensus on a name. That's the person you want fitting your boots. Presumably you're up near Scranton, don't know who it is up that way, but down nearer to Allentown there is Billy Kaplan. I have a buddy that skis Montage, he says try Dave Taylor at Guenther's.
Edited by sibhusky - 6/20/15 at 2:45pm
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Originally Posted by Jonlevy77 View Post

I wouldn't worry as much about size, I am almost your exact size, 5'9 130 lbs, and I can ski up to 180s(depending on the ski of course, and 180 would not be ideal for my size unless I was skiing some deep powder). For carvers I like a ski in the high 170's, My go to ski is a 178 kastle mx78.
If your looking for something you can go in the trees with is go shorter, around 170.

A few possible skis you might want to check out would be the head I.supershape Titan and the blizzard latigo, both skis that are around 80 underfoot and charge on piste but are versatile enough to be taken in the woods. If you're looking to go a little wider you could also check out the brahma.

These are only a few options and it would definitely be a good idea to check out the skis I mention as well as others that interest you, your shop recommends, and what other people here on epic recommended.

'Edit: I'd also add in the rossignol experience 88, it's a really great all mountain ski that can really do it all, it's also pretty forgiving.

The Titans... Not so much good for the OP. More Nordica Nrgy 80, Salomon Q90, etc... On the high performance without punishment side, maybe these...

http://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/blizzard-magnum-85-ti-skis-power12-bindings.aspx
Edited by markojp - 6/20/15 at 11:18am
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The Titans... Not so much good for the OP. More Nordica Nrgy 80, Salomon Q90, etc... On the high performance without punishment side, maybe these...

http://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/blizzard-magnum-85-ti-skis-power12-bindings.aspx

OP, if you struggled on Skye Lark, you're a middle intermediate, all good there, and suggest some lessons at your home mountain. ^^^^ Agree definitely on boots, and definitely not a Titan body. But given the home resort, I could totally see Rally's, and also Latigos would work well. MX78's come in odd lengths, and aren't as forgiving on a small hill, although obviously great skis.  (If he wants Kastles, the LX82 or FX84 are better calls.)

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