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Getting back into it after a 4 year snowboarding hiatus. Looking for East Coast ski recommendations for a very small guy

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Whoo first post! Honestly, I never thought that I'd be posting on a ski forum. I've been a die-hard snowboarder for the past 5 years and probably have acquired enough boards to last me for the rest of my life, but I'm sure you all know how easy it is to keep buying and buying new gear...I digress. :p

 

Onto the real situation at hand. I'm interested in getting back into skiing!! I skied for about 4 years before converting to snowboarding. Previously, I would have considered myself an intermediate-advanced skier (probably closer to intermediate to be honest), but it's been a while. That being said, I consider myself an expert snowboarder who gets out ~30-50 days a year.

 

I have Tecnica Inferno Heat boots (flex 100). I've never owned a pair of skis, besides XC. I live in Vermont (I know, I know...living in VT and not owning at least one pair...) and I'm looking for skis to use exclusively on East Coast as I will rent some powder skis when I head out West. My budget is $500 or less for both skis and bindings, but I'm open to past year's models if not much tech has changed, waiting until we get closer to the end of this season, or finding a deal on used ones. I think I'm looking for 80-88 sidecut? Should I consider high 70s? Here's the real kicker: I'm 5'5" and weigh 115 pounds after eating a big meal. The smallest size for the majority of mens skis seem to be 160, which I'm afraid are going to be too long. I ride snowboards ranging from 147-154cm. I've never ridden a kids snowboard, but should I consider kids skis? Women's skis? Any advice is greatly, greatly appreciated. I have spent countless hours researching.

 

My top contenders are:

Atomic Nomad Blackeye TI - 160 -- Not sure if I need TI as I've heard it makes it stiffer? 

Atomic Nomad Blackeye - 160 -- I can knock off about $100 if I get the non TI

Fischer Motive 86 - 161 

 

Other possibilities:

Rossignol Experience 80 - 152 or 160 - Really interested because of the 152 length

Head Rev 85 Pro - 163-- Too long?

Dynastar Powertrack 84 - 162 -- ?

Atomic Crimson TI - way too long

 

I'm open to any and all recommendations about skis or lengths. Thanks in advance! :)

 

 

 

post #2 of 4

I am about your size (5 ft 5) and a touch heavier. Have a look at the Stocklis, I have Stockli skis (ranging from 156 to 160) and highly recommend them.  Price will be a bit on the steep side but you should be able to find some good deal on older models.

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I don't think got should be looking at kids skis, but I don't really have an insight at your weight range.

I think the blackeye Ti would be too much for you as I used to use them and I'm waaaaay heavier.

That said, some things I do have to say:
- you are looking at skis too short, and maybe you need a lesson or two because of that. I think you could be looking at skis your height or 5cm shorter, especially some rockered skis makes you feel like they weren't that long
- can you demo some skis? Maybe you could demo a few first to develop a feeling about what works for you, how stiff, how long etc. Also this changes quite fast when you are starting to ski. You need to try to rent in some stores that would allow to rent a "premium category" and allows you to swap the skis as you please, instead of just giving you a soft beginner's skis.


Cheers


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A 152 is really too short for anything other than a SL race ski.  Even 160 may be too short depending on the ski.  You do want to avoid skis that are too stiff for your weight.  Demoing a few skis would be a good thing to do to get some feel for different skis and different lengths.  Since you are just getting back into skiing, it might make sense to get something inexpensive to use for a year or two and then upgrade when your skills improve.

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