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What Race Skis do I Buy?!

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Hello! I'm 21 andI have been skiing two years, I have shocked people at how fast I have improved. I currently am racing with Atomic Nomad Blackeye TI 181cm. I am 5'10" and weigh 220lbs. I race mainly at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin (Vail's new place) a small hill. This is my first year racing and I have already moved up a class in the beer league I'm in. My NASTAR Handicap is about a 34 and this is the first year I learned how to Carve but by now it's second nature (finally). Ever since I started skiing all I've wanted to do is race, which makes me incredibly determined and a ultra fast learner, the coaches can't believe it. But anyway I want to move up to race skis.
Someone In my league is selling a pair of Atomic SL skis that once belonged to a Canadian WC Star (he doesn't know the name)
He also has some cheater SL skis
I also was looking at a pair of Elan SLX 170cm skis because they are brand new and cheap, also they are a easier race ski.
Having never skied on race skis and not knowing what to expect I was wondering if I should be going for cheater skis, or should I just try to learn on those FIS World Cup skis?
My size I figure should be an advantage and I will never out grow them, but I am just worried they will be too much for me to handle yet. Thank you for any input you have!
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This is probably the best deal going on a ski that will take you to the next level.  

 

http://www.skis.com/Elan-Ripstick-F-Skis-with-ELX-12.0-Fusion-Bindings/398909P,default,pd.html

 

It's not a full on race ski, just a really good carver that will let you progress while not kicking you around too much for getting out of the sweet spot.  The price is flat out incredible for that ski.  If you outgrow it after another season or two you can sell it and it will be cheaper than a couple days worth of rentals.  The 176 will be about perfect for your size and skill.  The 17.8 radius is a great cut for most nastar courses and will allow you to go faster than a slalom ski will.

 

If I didn't already have several pairs of race skis I'd have bought them already. :)

 

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Originally Posted by trailtrimmer View Post

This is probably the best deal going on a ski that will take you to the next level.  

http://www.skis.com/Elan-Ripstick-F-Skis-with-ELX-12.0-Fusion-Bindings/398909P,default,pd.html

It's not a full on race ski, just a really good carver that will let you progress while not kicking you around too much for getting out of the sweet spot.  The price is flat out incredible for that ski.  If you outgrow it after another season or two you can sell it and it will be cheaper than a couple days worth of rentals.  The 176 will be about perfect for your size and skill.  The 17.8 radius is a great cut for most nastar courses and will allow you to go faster than a slalom ski will.

If I didn't already have several pairs of race skis I'd have bought them already. smile.gif


 

Wow! Sick price.
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By the same token, if you are as you say- Super advanced and motivated....

 

   You MUST at least take a few runs on your friends Atomics....  

 

  There will be one of two possible outcomes:

 

 

You will be notified in no uncertain terms of any faults in your technique-

 

 

  ...Or you will Make The JUMP TO LIGHT SPEED     .....and you will never be satisfied with anything else...

 

  

  It's all in stance and staying forward with Finesse And Aggression

 

      Seriously, a lesser ski can have a tendency to cause a plateau of sorts-

 

If you can handle the FIS SL you have the correct tools (and Skills) to advance and seriously compete...

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