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2015 All Mountain Ski for Intermediate to Advanced Rider [6'4" in VA, trip to CO]

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I'm trying to choose a solid all mountain ski for an upcoming trip to CO. I'm 6'4", 190 lbs, and get to ski a weekend or two a year. Currently, the 2015 Volkl Kendo and 2015 K2 AMP Rictor 82 XTi are my top skis. I've never owned skis before, but I love skiing and hope to increase how much time I spend on the mountain after this purchase. Most of the skiing after this trip will be done on the east coast as I live in VA. My preference for trail types are groomed blues or blacks. Boots are the most important aspect to this purchase, I understand, but I could use your help to pick a pair of skis as I don't have an extensive background in this regard. If I've typed anything incoherently its because work is incredibly busy and at this point sleep is a luxury. Let me know what additional details might improve your recommendations!

 

https://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/k2-amp-rictor-82xti-skis-mxc-12-bindings.aspx

 

https://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/volkl-kendo.aspx

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I'm trying to choose a solid all mountain ski for an upcoming trip to CO. I'm 6'4", 190 lbs, and get to ski a weekend or two a year. Currently, the 2015 Volkl Kendo and 2015 K2 AMP Rictor 82 XTi are my top skis. I've never owned skis before, but I love skiing and hope to increase how much time I spend on the mountain after this purchase. Most of the skiing after this trip will be done on the east coast as I live in VA. My preference for trail types are groomed blues or blacks. Boots are the most important aspect to this purchase, I understand, but I could use your help to pick a pair of skis as I don't have an extensive background in this regard. If I've typed anything incoherently its because work is incredibly busy and at this point sleep is a luxury. Let me know what additional details might improve your recommendations!

 

https://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/k2-amp-rictor-82xti-skis-mxc-12-bindings.aspx

 

https://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/volkl-kendo.aspx


Have you looked at any of the threads for a "Clydesdale"?  To help you find them, I added the tag link.  Look under Topics Discussed (right hand column).  You are a bit lighter than some Clydes, but pretty tall.  Oh . . . if you are wondering, the choice of tag was suggested by a few big men last year.

 

Are you going to ski in VA/WV at all?

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Have you looked at any of the threads for a "Clydesdale"?  To help you find them, I added the tag link.  Look under Topics Discussed (right hand column).  You are a bit lighter than some Clydes, but pretty tall.  Oh . . . if you are wondering, the choice of tag was suggested by a few big men last year.

 

Are you going to ski in VA/WV at all?

 

Hah, that tag is pretty great. I hope to ski in VA, WV, PA, and MD.

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Have you looked at any of the threads for a "Clydesdale"?  To help you find them, I added the tag link.  Look under Topics Discussed (right hand column).  You are a bit lighter than some Clydes, but pretty tall.  Oh . . . if you are wondering, the choice of tag was suggested by a few big men last year.

 

Are you going to ski in VA/WV at all?

 

Hah, that tag is pretty great. I hope to ski in VA, WV, PA, and MD.


If you want company, check out the regional threads.  Easiest way is to look at the top of the Resorts section.  Those threads are where info about demo days and meetups get mentioned.

 

Do you know the names of the best boot fitters near you?

 

Hope you don't mind . . . I added a bit of info to your thread title.  Can help people decide they have relevant experience or advice to share.

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If you want company, check out the regional threads.  Easiest way is to look at the top of the Resorts section.  Those threads are where info about demo days and meetups get mentioned.

 

Do you know the names of the best boot fitters near you?

 

Hope you don't mind . . . I added a bit of info to your thread title.  Can help people decide they have relevant experience or advice to share.

No worries. I'm going to assume you will point me to http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitters-on-epicski for boot fitters? Other than that list, no I am not aware of other boot fitters. Thanks for the edit.

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If you want company, check out the regional threads.  Easiest way is to look at the top of the Resorts section.  Those threads are where info about demo days and meetups get mentioned.

 

Do you know the names of the best boot fitters near you?

 

Hope you don't mind . . . I added a bit of info to your thread title.  Can help people decide they have relevant experience or advice to share.

No worries. I'm going to assume you will point me to http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitters-on-epicski for boot fitters? Other than that list, no I am not aware of other boot fitters. Thanks for the edit.

Actually, no . . . I find the boot fitter list . . . not that helpful.  Hasn't really been maintained for a while.  But there are plenty of recent threads that mention the good boot fitters in the DC and northern VA region.  All I remember off the top of my head is the good ones are named Brian.  One shop is in Leesville Leesburg.  The other one mentioned most often is in DC.

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There is also America's Best Bootfitters which does have a lot of names, some I know, most I don't.  But, just because it has "Best" in the name, doesn't make it so.

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Actually, no . . . I find the boot fitter list . . . not that helpful.  Hasn't really been maintained for a while.  But there are plenty of recent threads that mention the good boot fitters in the DC and northern VA region.  All I remember off the top of my head is the good ones are named Brian.  One shop is in Leesville.  The other one mentioned most often is in DC.

Thanks for steering me in the right direction.

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Thanks for steering me in the right direction.

 

Brian Eardley at Ski Center in DC is great for bootfitting.  I found his name in some threads here and my wife and I both went to see him last year for our first boots.  He really knows his stuff, will take his time with you, and will not over-sell you into something above the level that you really need.  

 

I don't know where in VA you are but I drove up from Richmond and well worth the drive.  In fact, we're headed back up next week for a few minor tweaks (at no charge BTW, but I definitely suggest a tip for their services).  

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Actually, no . . . I find the boot fitter list . . . not that helpful.  Hasn't really been maintained for a while.  But there are plenty of recent threads that mention the good boot fitters in the DC and northern VA region.  All I remember off the top of my head is the good ones are named Brian.  One shop is in Leesville.  The other one mentioned most often is in DC.

Thanks for steering me in the right direction.


Oops, remembered it wrong.  Should be Leesburg, not Leesville.  Brian Deely at Pro Fit Ski is the name.  Know of several intermediates who have gone there and been quite happy with the result.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/133888/bootfitter-in-washington-dc-area

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