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Ski Recommendation for Intermediate Looking to Grow? [mostly northeast groomers]

post #1 of 10
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Hello all,

 

I'm looking for some recommendations on skis.  I ski mostly in the northeast, groomed trails but I wouldn't mind something I can take into the powder as I try to get to Utah or Colorado every now and then.  Been skiing about five years and am comfortable on blues and just starting to venture into the blacks.  Skill level is intermediate I'd say....parallel turns, mostly skidding but a little carving here and there.  I tend to only ski maybe 5-10 days a seasons.  I'm 5'7", 165.

 

I'm currently using Atomic Smokes that I bought used....likely demo skis from a circa 2010 or so.  I like them, but I don't really have anything to compare them to.  As I'm getting more comfortable I'm looking for something that will still be easy to handle when turning, but also something I can grow into a bit as I start to take on more steeps and speed.  

 

I was looking at Atomics...Smoke TIs and Blackeye TIs, mostly because I'm familiar with Atomics.  But any other recommendations would definitely be appreciated.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10
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Wanted to bump this as I've done a bit of research and was hoping on comments.  Here's a list of skis that I thought might be appropriate for me:

 

Atomic Smoke TI

Atomic Blackeye TI

Salomon X Drive 8.0

Salomon X Drive 8.3

Salomon Q90

Vokl RTM 81

Rosignol Experience 84

Head Strong Instinct TI

 

The highlighted ones are the ones that are jumping out at me as a bit more appropriate to my skill level.  I'd consider myself a solid intermediate, so really looking for something that's not too difficult to ski, but also something I can grow into.  Will likely only have the chance to demo one or two sets.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

post #3 of 10

Did you consider the Blizzard Latigo or the Brahma?  The Head Strong Instinct is the replacement of the Head Rev skis which is a nice intermediate ski better for the groomers.  The Salomon Q-90 is a better ski but not sure how well it will do on the east coast groomers.  Maybe keep your existing skis and buy the Q90s for those trips out west.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the response. I thought the Brahma and the Latigo might be too stiff for me.
post #5 of 10
If you want to develop carving skills, get yourself a narrow waisted ski with a short turning radius. Something under 80mm. Head Rally is a good choice. Not stiff at lower speeds. Great for "northeast" off-piste as well. Rent something fatter for that rare trip out west.
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Originally Posted by njdiver85 View Post

If you want to develop carving skills, get yourself a narrow waisted ski with a short turning radius. Something under 80mm. Head Rally is a good choice. Not stiff at lower speeds. Great for "northeast" off-piste as well. Rent something fatter for that rare trip out west.

Thanks. Ya I'm not that concerned about getting something that will do well out west, looking for something that will suit my typical skiing out east. Will check out the head rally as well. Was concerned it might not be as easy or forgiving as the strong instinct.
post #7 of 10

Sounds like I'm pretty much at your level, and I bought the Atomic Blackeye last year (the NON-Ti version). I like them a lot, and I don't find it particularly soft - certainly not as soft as some rentals I've been on. I presume that the Ti versions are stiffer, so they may also be too stiff depending on how you ski and like your skis. (For reference I'm about 6', 210 lbs, and I have the 174 length.)

post #8 of 10
If you're in the Mid-Atlantic, Kicker is holding a Demo Day at Blue Knob over the EpicSki Mid-Gathering weekend. But there are similar demo day promotions scattered here and there, and outside of brand/model, it'd be a fun way to match a style of design and length/width with your own preferences. Barring that, epicski member/sponsor/ski shop owner Dawgcatching has been three for three with me in picking out skis, you might try PMing him.
post #9 of 10

salomon X drive 8.0 sounds like it would complement you well, that ski brought me to the next level in my skiing and sounds like would do the same for you. Ive moved to the brahma now which is a fantastic ski but like you said it may be a little stiff for you, id go with the x drive!

post #10 of 10
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Thank you all for the great feedback, it's really appreciated

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