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Ski Suggestions [VT, advanced, likes trees]

post #1 of 8
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I'm new to this forum and like all newbies I'm asking likely a redundant question.

 

Anyhow, I'm an advanced skier, primarily skiing in Vermont. 6' 184lbs and I get out about 12-15 days a season. My current ski is a K2 Aftershock at 184 - 130/86/114... My buddy who I ski with is an expert skier and we're often going off into the trees. I like my K2's on past, they love to charge, and then are great when there's a hit of powder, but on a normal East Coast day when I'm in the trees it feel like I'm trying to maneuver a strong muscle car when I'd rather be in nimble Porsche 911. I have been thinking of going shorter on the skis something in the 170's might help.

 

Early research pushed me to consider the Line Prophet and the Rossignol Experience 100ti. Then one retailer suggested the Rossignol  88's and the Soul 7's. Another suggestion was the Blizzard Bonafides, which I demoed in 2013 and enjoyed but didn't enjoy enough to buy... My local shop suggested the Nordicia NRg 90 and a suggested length of 185 - they said the ski skis short and is a lot lighter than my current Aftershocks. I plan to keep my Aftershock and use them in conjunction with the new ski but you know it's likely that the new all mountain ski might fully replace my current ski.

 

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.

Joe

post #2 of 8

There's a few other similar threads and also other people who can give better advice than me but I've been researching new skis and some of the skis that you might want to research or demo would be the Atomic Vantage series (Maybe the 90, 95 or 100 CTIs depending on width you'd want) Nordica Enforcers, K2 Pinnacle 95, or even the Armada Invictus series. Probably a few others too. Depending on the ski you choose and the profile, you might not need to go too much shorter though.

post #3 of 8

If you ski 12-15 days in the East, how many days are you in the trees? 3 days? Rent a pair of fun fat skis. 7 days ? Purchase a used pair of tree skis that you keep as your fun soft snow  ski. My favorite is the Nordica Soul Rider in 185 cm. I am 6'1 190lb. Fun, very quick  ski in the trees. NOT a charging fast and firm ski!  Shorter doesn't make a ski that much quicker in the trees. How the ski is built does. The Soul Rider is a tip and tail rocker ski with camber under foot.No metal . It smears and pivots very well.

 

CJ

post #4 of 8

Why not go shorter?  You don't need length for stability at speed in trees and they are easier to maneuver in tight spots...a useful trait when exploring wooded terrain here in the east.  I am 6' 202lbs and my tree skis are 177cm.  Light, yet a little stiffish with a slight bit of rocker - G3 Saints.

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Why not go shorter?  You don't need length for stability at speed in trees and they are easier to maneuver in tight spots...a useful trait when exploring wooded terrain here in the east.  I am 6' 202lbs and my tree skis are 177cm.  Light, yet a little stiffish with a slight bit of rocker - G3 Saints.


What he said, that's way to much ski for you in VT.

 

I'm 5'11" 195-200lbs. Ski Volkl Kendo's in 177cm. Lots of great skis out there in the upper 80's waist, IMO you might want to think about 170cm ski. Go demo a few.

 

I spent most of the 2000's on a 170cm ski. I was your weight back then

post #6 of 8

At your weight you need at least 100 mm for any float in trees. I'd go moderately short (177-180), and assuming you want this for other duties too, I'd think about skis like the Armada Invictus Ti, the Supernatural 100, Nordica Enforcer, or the Atomic CTi. 

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Thanks for the suggestions.

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Thread Starter 

I am mistaken about the length - they are 181.

 

I actually demoed a few skis in 2012 and after a week of skiing I did a demo of the Aftershocks but at 174 they just popped through the bumps. The rep suggested that I should go with the 181'. I was able to pick up a used pair in almost perfect shape from one of those warehouses that gets lost mail shipped for $209.00, and that was with bindings - likely the steal of the century. But as my post suggests I always feel like the Aftershocks require me to muscle them through the bumps and in the trees and I always wondered if the 174 should have been the way to go.  In 2013 I did have them out in Steamboat and in 10-18 inches of powder they performed great, even in the trees; perhaps the problem here is me and not my K2's.

 

As for tree days you would be surprised how many days you can get in the trees out East - especially last season - it tends to often be the areas with the best conditions.

 

Gratefully,

JB

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