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advice for new (and first) pair of skis [for Europe, advanced]

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hi everyone,

 

I'm from Belgium and i'm new here. I would like to buy a pair of skis but i don't have enough knowledge about ski gear to make a wise decision. I've always skied with rental skis but have had some bad experiences. I've read the "five key questions when buying new skis" and here are my answers.

 

Where in the world are you skiing?

 

Europe: French/Swiss/Austrian Alps

 

 

What kind of terrain do you prefer?

 

75 percent on piste (all conditions: groomed/ungroomed/moguls/icy/powder) and 25 percent off piste (when there is powder)

 

 

How many days a year do you ski?

 

about 10 days (would like to ski more in the future)

 

 

How advanced are you as a skier?

 

If you have 4 categories ( beginner - intermediate - advanced - expert) i would consider myself as advanced: i have a decent technique and don't have problems with any kind of slopes.

 

 

what's your height and weight?

 

i'm 190cm (6,2ft) and my weight is 100kg (220lbs)

 

 

i'm looking for  an all-purpose ski and i think the all-mountain ski is the right type for me. 

considering my height and weight, i believe that i need a longer (and stiffer) ski than most people? 

Do i need to look for an (all mountain) ski with a wider waist width because of my weight?  I ski mainly on piste (all conditions: groomed/ungroomed/mogul/icy/powder) and sometimes off piste (when there is some fresh powder).

 

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Originally Posted by mariomk View Post
 

hi everyone,

 

I'm from Belgium and i'm new here. I would like to buy a pair of skis but i don't have enough knowledge about ski gear to make a wise decision. I've always skied with rental skis but have had some bad experiences. I've read the "five key questions when buying new skis" and here are my answers.

 

[snip, see Post #1 for details]

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where will you ski the most this season?  Do you remember what length you usually rent?

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Thread Starter 

Hi Marznc,

 

I will be skiing in France (Alps) mostly on the slopes (green/blue/red/black slopes in all conditions: corduroy, icy, moguls & powder).

 

i've never paid a lot of attention to renting skis (stupid me) but i know they were never longer dan 177cm. Given my length & weight this might be too small? I also had the impression they often had way too much flex for me.

 

When conditions are good (which they aren't most of the time) i sometimes go off piste being guided by someone who knows the area.

 

Would it be more wise to buy a more traditional on piste ski (and rent wider skis if there is a lot of powder)  or would you consider an all mountain ski? i'm a bit afraid to comprise a lot of capacity on the slopes for a little more waist width that's actually not enough to ski off piste in the powder. Which waist width do you think i should be looking for? ( i was thinking about 90 mm in case of an all mountain ski? perhaps something like a Volkl kendo or Rossignol Experience 88)

 

Thank you in advance!

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Originally Posted by mariomk View Post

Hi Marznc,

I will be skiing in France (Alps) mostly on the slopes (green/blue/red/black slopes in all conditions: corduroy, icy, moguls & powder).

i've never paid a lot of attention to renting skis (stupid me) but i know they were never longer dan 177cm. Given my length & weight this might be too small? I also had the impression they often had way too much flex for me.

When conditions are good (which they aren't most of the time) i sometimes go off piste being guided by someone who knows the area.

Would it be more wise to buy a more traditional on piste ski (and rent wider skis if there is a lot of powder)  or would you consider an all mountain ski? i'm a bit afraid to comprise a lot of capacity on the slopes for a little more waist width that's actually not enough to ski off piste in the powder. Which waist width do you think i should be looking for? ( i was thinking about 90 mm in case of an all mountain ski? perhaps something like a Volkl kendo or Rossignol Experience 88)

Thank you in advance!

I can tell you the Kendo (2015) is a really versatile ski and especially nice on piste. No problems in any terrain I could find, strong, and surprisingly nimble. No idea about this year (2016), apparently it changed, but i hope they keep the flavour of the ski.
post #5 of 5

You should ask on a European forum as there are brands available in Europe that are not available in the U.S. which is where the great majority of posters on this site are from.  Just saying there may be options and such that we are unaware of.

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