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Another what ski for me question....for a Dad at Squaw/AM. [boot fitter in Bay area?]

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Thread Starter 

Ok - I have returned to skiing the last 2 years for the first time in 15 years and I am ready to jump into buying a pair.  I live in the bay area and will be skiing primarily at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.  I spend most of my day on easy blues with my daughters but as I improve I would like a ski willing to get into the trees and be at least serviceable in the powder.  I am not super aggressive, more interested in smooth wide turns and stability.  Currently, riding 165cm but can feel that they are too short after this season and think the 170 range is best.  I was thinking a width between 90-100 in an all mountain would make sense, but my God so many options, reviews, opinions.  I was hoping someone who knows the area and understands my goals could help.

 

I am 42, 5'11", 200 and pretty fit.  I would say I am a solid intermediate skier.  If anything maybe skewed towards advanced, but not by much.  I would like a ski that is easy to handle, can go most places (never going to have a "quiver"), and is fun to ride at the same time. Cost is not a huge factor as I see this as an investment in me doing something healthy.

 

After a couple of days I thought about Blizzard Brahmas, can't tell which Volkl makes sense (Mantra?), are any Kastle's worth my money for what I am looking to do?

 

Also, who's who in bindings and boots these days?  I need some comfy boots.  I come home every weekend with internally busted shins.

 

Thanks

 

Mike

 

Moderator note: added to thread title because need boots first

post #2 of 12
How much do you want to spend? Is your budget of concern? Often that becomes a factor really quickly.

If you want it dumbed down with just 1 answer so you're not overloaded:
Skis: For tahoe get bonafides, can't go wrong with those there.

Also if you have the squawpine pass, you have demo skis at 50% off weekdays. Take advantage of that deal and try out some skis and pick the brain of the demo guyss on what's good for today. They should have bonafides available at Squaw.

Boots: you need to get what fits to your foot. Go to bootfitter and they will set you up. If you want the shortcut answer, then perhaps you ask for a fischer vacuum boot (that still fits best to your foot). But the end result still depends on the bootfitter's skill.

Bindings: Less important. Go with whatever the shop recommends or has experiences mounting. Often this turns out to be marker griffons
post #3 of 12

The Bonafide is a lot of ski.  Which is ok if that is what you want.  If you want something a bit more mellow, here are a few suggestions:

 

Dynastar Powertrack 89

Nordica NRGY 90

Nordica Enforcer

Elan Amphibio 88 xti

 

Others will be along to provide more (and better) guidance but on-line reviews of the skis will start you off in the right direction.

Last year I was in the same boat as you as I had a 10 year layoff.  Man, the new ski technology had my head spinning!

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks to you both.  After further reading here (where I should have started) I am beginning to think I should get a slimmer width (<90) for now as I will spend 85% of my time on groomers.  I guess I was hoping for a ski like a Porsche 911 - can perform like crazy but is also a great daily driver anyone can drive.  Now I am beginning to think the boots are even a more pivotal decision....

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Thanks to you both.  After further reading here (where I should have started) I am beginning to think I should get a slimmer width (<90) for now as I will spend 85% of my time on groomers.  I guess I was hoping for a ski like a Porsche 911 - can perform like crazy but is also a great daily driver anyone can drive.  Now I am beginning to think the boots are even a more pivotal decision....

Welcome to EpicSki!  Quite right, boots first.  What you want is to get recommendations for a good boot fitter.  There are good ones in north Tahoe.  

 

If you haven't already, suggest you read the EpicSki Article that is part of First Run (also at top of Ski Gear homepage).

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/ski-boots-the-most-important-piece-of-gear-you-will-own

post #6 of 12
Hi, I'm in almost exactly the same situation. Back skiing after 20 years. I spent the last two years demoing skis. What I would recommend is getting boots first. A good fit is way more important than the brand in my opinion. Then demo a ton of different skis. Because I really like the Line SFBs, but want something a bit more stable and carvey I'm most interested in, but have yet to try: Moment PB&j, Line Sick day 95, Blizzard Peacemaker. I have a pair of Nordica Hell and Backs that are super carvey and poppy but I want to be able to break out the tails a little more easily so I'm thinking the Enforcer will be really nice. Good Luck!
post #7 of 12

Boots first.. since OP is about 200 lb, I would think that flex 100+ maybe even 110+ but boot fitter would suggest better.

Since you are still in learning mode: ski under the foot: up to 84 mm; turning radius no more than 15 m and lessons :(

Nobody was born as B. Miller

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like boots first, narrower ski. Thoughts on length and buying used? I like the Enforcer suggestion but where to find a pair???? For boots I was thinking of California Ski Shop in Berkeley... Seem to have a solid reputation.
post #9 of 12
Yes if you're out of the bay and csc is relatively local to you go there. Meaning if you need to get an adjustment after the first trip it won't kill you to stop in again. Otherwise if it is a trek get boots in tahoe. Set aside a few hours.
Csc does do fisher vacuum if that ends up being the right boot for your foot. Again if you have budget issues bring up that discussion first as it might limit your choices.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Budget is not a major concern. Especially for boots as the seem to have a longer lifetime.
post #11 of 12

I am finding that even skis at around 100 underfoot are still great for groomers and when conditions are harder, but still have enough float for fun in the powder.  I was shocked at how much fun I had on shorter/shaped skis having grown up on long straight boards 20 years ago. As a gear nut myself, I like to have a few pairs of skis and buying last years demo skis are a great way to get into several pairs without breaking the bank.

 

Have a look at Fischer Vacuum boots and Solomon X Pro. But again, it really comes down to the expertise of your boot fitter and which ones work on your feet.

 

--"Date your skis, but marry your boots"

post #12 of 12
Suggestion for boots: Make two appointments to see Gunner at Granite Chief in Truckee; maybe on a Friday PM and Saturday or Sunday PM. (Call ahead) Take 90 -120 minutes on Friday to get fitted, get insoles, and buy your boots. Ski for a day or two. Come back and tweak them a bit. Ski a few more days and see if they need additional tweaking, if so, you're right there in Truckee. Note: I do not work for Granite Chief, but Gunner has been there for over 20 years and has fitted me and my family since the 90's.
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