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What skis should i bring to Zermatt?

post #1 of 11
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Hey all,
I'm a racer and I'm traveling to Zermatt for some free skiing during late March. I can bring one pair of skis, should I bring my Fischer slalom skis or Elan all mountain skis? I read online somewhere that Europeans really prefer groomers. My all mountain skis are actually have a similar radius to my slalom skis. 13vs11

Alvin
post #2 of 11
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I read online somewhere that Europeans really prefer groomers.

The question is, "Do YOU really prefer groomers?"  If not (or you want to mix it up), bring the all mountain skis. Most newer all mountain skis in the 85-100mm width range are fine on the groomers anyway. I bought my Blizzard Bonafides in Dec. 2012 anticipation of a Euro trip where you need a very versatile ski.  They were great when I scored a lot of powder in Zermatt in Feb. 2014.

post #3 of 11

Bring whatever you have and then rent to suit the conditions.  While it's expensive it's worth it versus dragging a heavy ski bag on the train etc.

post #4 of 11

Whatever you decide to take, don't lug them through airports and train stations, ship them to Zermatt: <https://www.raileurope.com/activities/fly-rail-baggage-to-switzerland/index.html>.

post #5 of 11

If I were you, I'd just bring my boots and rent on site. Unless you're on an airline that offers free ski carriage, rental costs shouldn't be too much more than the baggage fees.

post #6 of 11

+1 on shipping luggage and/or skis direct to your destination.  Super easy.  Not expensive.  Makes train travel much better.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by CerebralVortex View Post

If I were you, I'd just bring my boots and rent on site. Unless you're on an airline that offers free ski carriage, rental costs shouldn't be too much more than the baggage fees.

Counts as a free checked in bag
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

The question is, "Do YOU really prefer groomers?"  If not (or you want to mix it up), bring the all mountain skis. Most newer all mountain skis in the 85-100mm width range are fine on the groomers anyway. I bought my Blizzard Bonafides in Dec. 2012 anticipation of a Euro trip where you need a very versatile ski.  They were great when I scored a lot of powder in Zermatt in Feb. 2014.

Yep I'm a racer
post #9 of 11

If you ski like a racer, you'll get worn out on a pair of r11SL:s. If you want to bring race skis, a pair of GS cheaters (r18-20) are much more appropriate for the super-long pistes of Zermatt.

post #10 of 11
The Zermatt area is about 500X the size of what you're skiing now. It's huge, goes forever. Even you being a racer and all, SL race skis aren't what you'd want over there.
post #11 of 11

Which skis? You should bring mine... I'll carry them for you. When do we leave?

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