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post #1 of 5
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Hello everyone!! I'm looking at getting my first set of skis. I sure y'all can help :)

Height:6'0

Weight:175 

Skill set:Upper advanced/Comfortable with diamonds and double diamonds at resorts mentioned 

 

 

My home mountains would be Liberty,Whitetail,Blue Knob. We always take a yearly week trip to Sugar Mountain,NC

On the last visit to Sugar mountain i demoed Solomon 8.0 X drive(170) and the Atomic Nomad Smoke TI(171).

I liked both skis, i liked the wideness and stability of the Solomon's While going faster but i liked the stiffness of the Nomads.

 

While at Sugar I've seen a lot of people riding the Rossignol experience 88's. Everyone i spoke with had a positive review on them. Which brings me to a few questions, What's the width Ranges for the east coast? I don't think i would like to go any more narrow than the Nomads (78mm). Is going wider a bigger strain on your knees on the east coast? How's the carving compare on wider skis?    

 

 

I would like to know what other ski's you all could recommend for me or what you ride on. My Goals are to have something that i can grow into ability wise and also cruise with a friend for family member that might be slow.


Ski length is also another issue. When at sugar that was the longest they had which was surprising to me. I've skied on lenghts up to 181. The lengths skied on sugar were fine, but i figured at my height i should be looking for a longer ski. Should i look into getting a longer length?

 

  Sorry i'm all over the place,I just finished a 18 shift :beercheer:

Shred On

-Thank you

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Originally Posted by Horizon299 View Post
 

Hello everyone!! I'm looking at getting my first set of skis. I sure y'all can help :)

Height:6'0

Weight:175 

Skill set:Upper advanced/Comfortable with diamonds and double diamonds at resorts mentioned 

 

 

My home mountains would be Liberty,Whitetail,Blue Knob. We always take a yearly week trip to Sugar Mountain,NC

On the last visit to Sugar mountain i demoed Solomon 8.0 X drive(170) and the Atomic Nomad Smoke TI(171).

I liked both skis, i liked the wideness and stability of the Solomon's While going faster but i liked the stiffness of the Nomads.

 

While at Sugar I've seen a lot of people riding the Rossignol experience 88's. Everyone i spoke with had a positive review on them. Which brings me to a few questions, What's the width Ranges for the east coast? I don't think i would like to go any more narrow than the Nomads (78mm). Is going wider a bigger strain on your knees on the east coast? How's the carving compare on wider skis?    

 

 

I would like to know what other ski's you all could recommend for me or what you ride on. My Goals are to have something that i can grow into ability wise and also cruise with a friend for family member that might be slow.


Ski length is also another issue. When at sugar that was the longest they had which was surprising to me. I've skied on lenghts up to 181. The lengths skied on sugar were fine, but i figured at my height i should be looking for a longer ski. Should i look into getting a longer length?

 

  Sorry i'm all over the place,I just finished a 18 shift :beercheer:

Shred On

-Thank you


I'll bump this a little on a couple of your questions, but you should wait for more informed opinions.

 

I demoed the E88 (finally) early this season at Okemo under very mixed conditions (sheet ice and soft piles of manmade) — and it was a great, smooth, predictable ride with excellent grip. If I didn't already ski an even better 84, I'd be ready to buy a pair. It was a huge seller for Rossignol, and for good reason.  (The only ski I liked better that day — or perhaps it fits my quiver better — was the Nordica Enforcer, which is Ski of the Year on a lot of lists.) 

 

As far as widths for the East Coast go, there's debate on that. Endless Epic debate. I can say that with my knees, which are good (knock on wood), anything up through the 80s is perfectly fine. I use an 84 all the time.  People say 90s are fine, too, but I won't swear to it. The 100mm Enforcers, on the other hand, which grip well on hardpack, are more tiring on hardpack, and I didn't buy them for that.  

 

It's probably an individual thing. If you're asking about a one ski quiver, I will cautiously advance (:duck:) that something in the 80s would be fine. If you're looking for a multi-ski quiver, that's another discussion. 

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info i'll probably stick with a 76-88 width range especially for this area. What's the best timing to buy skis? i'm guessing it would be closer to the end of the season, or the summer?

 

Also is there any downside to a twin tip ski versus a "regular" ski?

post #4 of 5

No, buy now.  
1) Pricing is really really good now - it won't really get better but selection will get worse

2) you will still get this season to use them, and if you want something /better/ you can flip them in swaps come fall.    

Yes, twintips are weaker in turn finish, twintips punish very duckfooted stance and twintips throw snow in your buddies' faces behind you.

Some of those may be positives for you, maybe.

 

 

Do you have boots?

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Originally Posted by Horizon299 View Post
 

Thanks for the info i'll probably stick with a 76-88 width range especially for this area. What's the best timing to buy skis? i'm guessing it would be closer to the end of the season, or the summer?

 

Also is there any downside to a twin tip ski versus a "regular" ski?


After Pres. Day, there will be plenty of "late season" sales both in the ski shops around DC and online.  For the ski shops in DC and northern VA, they will be pretty much done by mid-March.  Even in SLC, the shops are converting over to biking by early April.  While it's possible to find deals during the summer, you have to be lucky to find what you want in the right length.

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