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Ski Recommendation for Intermediate Skier [replacing 15 year old skis for 75% VT, 25% Vail]

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I am looking to replace my 15 year old skis and would welcome any thoughts/recommendations.

 

I am about 5'10" and around 170lbs.

 

I am an intermediate skier, 75% blues and 25% blacks.

 

Not very fast/aggressive or into moguls or parks.

 

Will be doing 75% of my skiing on the East coast (Okemo, Killington, Stowe) and 25% out West (Vail).

 

Thank you for your help. Joe - 

post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by naja View Post

Hi,

I am looking to replace my 15 year old skis and would welcome any thoughts/recommendations.

I am about 5'10" and around 170lbs.

I am an intermediate skier, 75% blues and 25% blacks.

Not very fast/aggressive or into moguls or parks.

Will be doing 75% of my skiing on the East coast (Okemo, Killington, Stowe) and 25% out West (Vail).

Thank you for your help. Joe - 
I will assume you live in the northeast. With that being said. What is the budget? Do you want something to progress into? What is your home mountain?(do they have demo days)...or another mountain close by that might have a demo day? Hard to suggest a ski without filling in on some more info.
post #3 of 14
@naja
Btw, welcome to EPICSKI!
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 


Thank you - Budget is not much of a concern, though I would like to keep it under $1,000 for skis and bindings if possible. You are correct, I live in NYC and likely split time between Jimney Peak, Okemo, Stowe...the mountains that are 2-4 hour or so from NYC. Perhaps once a year I will go skiing out to Colorado or Utah. Thanks again for your thoughts.

post #5 of 14
I am more of an advanced/expert skier. And i am about 15 lbs. heavier than you and the same 5'10". I am not a fan of the fat skis, although they do make it easier to ride in powder. Kinda grew up back in the skinny ski era. Since you say 75/25 i would prolly look at stuff in the 80-90 under foot and prolly in the 170cm+ range..K2 amp Rictor 82-90 something along that line. I would try and demo as many as possible though before i pulled the trigger. I am sure others have thier opinions. Which is what makes this a forum and not a dictatorship.
post #6 of 14
Just try a few at a time so you can get a feel for what is "right" for "you". Don't try to ski 10 different skis in one day. Take notes if need be and talk to a ski rep and tell them what you like and what you don't like. Everyone is different. You might like a rossi or volkl. Every ski has a little something that differs from the others and only you can make that choice.
post #7 of 14

Here's  a thread with dates for demo days in the northeast.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/143354/me-nh-vt-demo-days

 

Might pick up a few ideas about how demo days here if you haven't been to one lately.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142999/what-is-a-demo-day-for-skis-a-beginner-zone-thread

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've been looking at the Rossingnol Experience 88, the Atomic Vantage 95C and the Volkl Kendo. Any thoughts?
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I've been looking at the Rossingnol Experience 88, the Atomic Vantage 95C and the Volkl Kendo. Any thoughts?
Looks like you are on the right track. Heard good things about the 88s and kendo. Have never skied them. Maybe someone else can help out with this a little more. That has skied those particular skis. @marznc can prolly point you to the right person.
post #10 of 14
@naja Might want to check out something like the Head rev 85 pro. Can check out a few reviews on this site.
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I've been looking at the Rossingnol Experience 88, the Atomic Vantage 95C and the Volkl Kendo. Any thoughts?
Looks like you are on the right track. Heard good things about the 88s and kendo. Have never skied them. Maybe someone else can help out with this a little more. That has skied those particular skis. @marznc can prolly point you to the right person.


Well, we can see if @skiessentials , @beyond , or @crank would stop by with comments since they are in the northeast.

post #12 of 14

Hi - I'm vaguely the same size (6', 165), ski the same places and live in the same area. For your mission, and assuming you want to improve but aren't planning to take a bunch of lessons, I'd recommend something in the low to middle 80's in width and with some flex. On your budget, which I assume includes bindings, you might think about these: Fischer Motive 86 Ti, Blizzard XPower 8, Head REV85 Pro (from last season, plenty around), or Rossi E88, Kastle LX82 (either current or from last season, no change). If you're most up for handling firm back here, then the Blizzard will be slightly ahead, if you're more about those trips to Vail or slightly softer conditions back here, the REV85 or E88 will be a beat ahead, if you want something that does it all very well, but nothing perfectly, then the Fischer or Kastle. Not a Kendo fan for someone in your situation, but have been wrong before. :D Oh, and if you have access to indies, and are willing to go that direction, Armada is making some very nice skis, the Invictus 89 Ti comes to mind. 

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I think I am leaning towards the Rossignol Experience 88 or the Atomic Vantage 95C. I agree Kendo might not be best choice - for some reason I really wanted to have a Vokl option (wife got the Kenja so perhaps I had in my mind to get a Vokls as well). Thanks for you help.

post #14 of 14

I am thinking the Kendo might be a bit stiffer than you would like.  My personal ski philosophy is that  softer ski is easier to turn and thus is more fun and better for an intermediate or advanced skier.  My opinions on this matter often seem to run contrary to the majority though.  

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