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Good skis for a school race team...? [small hills in eastern Canada]

post #1 of 10
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Hi! i have been skiing for 5 years on rentals and i think it's time that i got my own pair. I already have my boots(Salomon Divine LX), and all i need now are skis. I have joined my school ski team (competitive) and i need a good pair of beginner downhill race/leisure skis that are not too expensive (aka less than 500$ with bindings).

 

About me:

Skiing for 5 years

Intermediate skier

Mildly aggressive on the slope

Height 5"6

Weight: 165lbs

Small hills (Ski Wentworth and Ski Martock)

 

Thanks to anyone who can help!!!

 

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post #2 of 10

Welcome to Epic.  Are you actually going to be doing downhill racing and not slalom or giant slalom?  The skis used for each of those types of racing are different. Also, do you want a race ski that can be used for leisurely skiing or a leisurely ski that can be used for racing.  The first will be seriously hard to find at any price let alone $500.  The second can most likely be found for about $500.

post #3 of 10
Nova Scotia? Never thought of there being skiing there! You might try the race teams at those mountains, see if there is some used equipment. I saw one team had some classified ads, but nothing the right length there. A lot of race team kids will have their race skis and their training skis and sometimes they are getting new skis after just a year or two of use. Around here the ski season is on the fall. The coach will know how "real" the racing is and if you need both GS and SL or if just GS will do.
post #4 of 10

    As a HS coach at a small mid west hill I recommend SL skis for new racers. For racers needing longer than a jr ski but new to racing I would really consider a non WC SL ski, most brands make one. Length wise 155-165, if you can't find a SL ski a carving ski with a waist of not more than 70mm and turn radius of 12-13m would work also, although not quite as well. At our races you'll see aspiring WC kids with the latest and greatest and kids with twin tips competing, get the best you can and ski ALOT. Good luck.

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First, everyone needs to be aware that HS sports in Canada are nothing like HS sports in the US. A HS ski team here usually means a a teacher who skis, maybe raced, takes a bunch of keen kids from the ski club, "trains" a few evenings then there is a local race. The talent will be wildly varied, and it is about having fun in a competitive activity, on relatively easy courses.

 

Kate - as JPL pointed out, you probably want to look a "recreational slalom" ski. Almost all the manufacturers make a ski that looks like their top level race ski (which usually have FIS, WC or Worldcup as part of their name). Atomic Redster, Rossignol Hero Elite, etc . You want to look for a 155cm or 158cm ski with a 12-13m turn radius, which will be good for slalom races, and will be OK for your GS races too.

 

Try looking around on asogear - they are the web store for Corbett's in Mississauga ON and they often have off-year race stuff for good prices and offer free shipping.They are also pretty good if you call them up and explain what you are looking for. If you are doing more slalom than GS, you could probably do OK on these Dynastars and they fit the budget

 

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/2014-Dynastar-Speed-Omeglass-WC-Sltn-R20-Racing-150cm-Ski-w-SPX-12-Race-Binding-/201464912203?hash=item2ee83e994b

 

Other alternatives for off-year equipment are raceskis.com and Al's Ski Barn, but then you have to deal with US exchange and shipping. You might also want to try the Facebook group  - Ski Racing Buy and Sell Canada.

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First, everyone needs to be aware that HS sports in Canada are nothing like HS sports in the US. A HS ski team here usually means a a teacher who skis, maybe raced, takes a bunch of keen kids from the ski club, "trains" a few evenings then there is a local race. The talent will be wildly varied, and it is about having fun in a competitive activity, on relatively easy courses.

WHAT???  You mean they don't train 10 days a week and have speedsuits and FIS approved helmets?;)

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WHAT???  You mean they don't train 10 days a week and have speedsuits and FIS approved helmets?;)

 

Considering that some HS football teams are better funded and equipped and have more fans than Canadian Professional Football, I though I would throw that out there before someone was suggesting that she had to have  four pairs of FIS skis and a plombed skinsuit

 

However, as a parent of an 18-yr old 3rd year FIS skier, it is hard to believe that there is any other way.....:rotflmao: 

post #8 of 10

I just got a tweet asking for money for the Canadian national ski team.. :dunno

post #9 of 10

I've gotten a few "messages from Manny" asking for donations to Alpine Canada.

post #10 of 10

As an assistant manager of a shop that sells a whole lot of race gear here in New England let me suggest the Atomic Redster XTI + XT 12 binding. It's a great blend of performance and freeskiing ability with a turn radius at the 169 length that's between a slalom and a cheater GS ski. Right about 15 meters. Tight\ loose enough for most everything done in a fun school style of league.

When I tested it last spring I thought that it would be a perfect ski for the local high school kids who were just racing other schools and weren't hyper competitive and in need of a quiver of skis to race. If you are going to rip groomers when you are not racing it, it's a fun, damp, easy to rip ski.

JMTCW

Mike


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