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Buying my first pair of skis [mostly Idaho, Bonafide, Mantra, Q90 or ?]

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I have been skiing for several years and have experience on the hill (mainly central Idaho) but I have not purchased my own skis. I am a bigger guy at 250lbs and am looking for a good all mountain ski that can set an edge and carve well, but can also flow through the trees on those powder days to start my quiver. I have been looking at the Blizzard Bonafides, Völkl Mantra, and salomon Q90s. I would say I am intermediate to advanced skier and I am looking for some guidance from other skiers who know what their talking about. Thanks!
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Hello and welcome. What area(s) do you ski? When I think of central ID I think fly fishing and The Frank Church Wilderness Area!
I got back into skiing after a ten-year absence so the new technology was lost on me until I got started again last year and tried out some new gear, did a lot of reading and finally bought new skis.
Everyone here will mention finding a good boot fitter first, so I will get that out of the way. It IS that important, so there's that...
When searching for new boards last year there were two that scared the hell out of me due to the many reviews I had read: the Volkl Mantra and the Blizzard Cochise, which is similar in construction to the Bonafide.
I bought Line SN 100 after demoing Nordica's and a Salomon even though the Bonafide did pique my curiosity. Did I make the best choice? I'll never know I guess, but I still want to ski the Bones and see what they are about.
I did ski on the Nordica NrGY 90 and 100 last year and found them forgiving and yet also, in the case of the 90, able to carve stable turns at speed. Both fun skis!
So, please do all the reading that you can here and on epicski.com and perhaps cast a bit of a wider net. Word in the street is that the new Nordica Enforcer kicks ass, just for one example.
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Welcome to EpicSki. Before worrying about skis, you need to have boots that fit your feet correctly. That means locating an experienced boot fitter and getting boots from that person. Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read th ewikis about fitting and terminology, then check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a fitter near you or near where you normally ski. If there is, call and make an appointment. If there isn't one listed, ask here and you will get recommendations.
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Thanks for the advice, I have gotten boots last year so I am set there
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Yer too big for the Salomon Q90. Cross that one off the list. Bonefide sort of jumps out on that shortlist, and honestly, I think a guy your size and experience level would really like the new Nordica Enforcer.... or even the K2 Pinnacle 95.

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You can add the Nordica Nrgy 100 to the list, I think. Even though it's light weight, it is quite sturdy and stable and rips both on hardpack and in the softer stuff. 

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