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Have recently moved to Portland Oregon from upstate NY. More than 40 years ago skied lots of East Coast from Stowe to Poconos but then got distracted by the usual activities of work and family. One look at Mt. Hood and I decided to start over. Will finish an 8 week program/package at Meadows where I received each week my transport, two hour lesson(supposed to be group but at least two times alone),gear and lift ticket. Started on the bunny slope and have gotten to intermediate status in the last couple weeks, which is about where I self-taught myself long ago.
. Bought boots ( well fitted and working fine) and poles and decided to demo skis and get a pair as the season winds down. Instructor who I have worked with for a couple weeks suggested Blizzard Brahams and we had a great time with them. This weekend tried Heads that were for intermediates but were thinner under foot and did not care for them. This week I will again forego the rentals and try to demo K2i 85 Ti, Salomon X-Drive 8.3 or Vokl Kendos, all chosen from lots of reading.
OK here's data. Age 73, heavy now at 196 pounds but normally closer to 185, 5'8" tall and fairly fit and active. I expect to ski Hood's three or four areas, groomed blue runs and don't need speed . I don't specially care about getting on blacks but would like to be competent on all blues. At this point, I just want to enjoy getting on the hill.
My questions: 1. The Brahmas were only 166 long and I am concerned they may be too short plus my reading suggests they are for advanced intermediate and experts which I am not . My instructor (very good and experienced) and I both thought they worked well. Are they likely too short or too much ski for me?
2. Which of the other three and what length should I demo next , given that I probably will only demo one more day?
Sorry about long post and thanks for any advice you can give.
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Have recently moved to Portland Oregon from upstate NY. More than 40 years ago skied lots of East Coast from Stowe to Poconos but then got distracted by the usual activities of work and family. One look at Mt. Hood and I decided to start over. Will finish an 8 week program/package at Meadows where I received each week my transport, two hour lesson(supposed to be group but at least two times alone),gear and lift ticket. Started on the bunny slope and have gotten to intermediate status in the last couple weeks, which is about where I self-taught myself long ago.
. Bought boots ( well fitted and working fine) and poles and decided to demo skis and get a pair as the season winds down. Instructor who I have worked with for a couple weeks suggested Blizzard Brahams and we had a great time with them. This weekend tried Heads that were for intermediates but were thinner under foot and did not care for them. This week I will again forego the rentals and try to demo K2i 85 Ti, Salomon X-Drive 8.3 or Vokl Kendos, all chosen from lots of reading.
OK here's data. Age 73, heavy now at 196 pounds but normally closer to 185, 5'8" tall and fairly fit and active. I expect to ski Hood's three or four areas, groomed blue runs and don't need speed . I don't specially care about getting on blacks but would like to be competent on all blues. At this point, I just want to enjoy getting on the hill.
My questions: 1. The Brahmas were only 166 long and I am concerned they may be too short plus my reading suggests they are for advanced intermediate and experts which I am not . My instructor (very good and experienced) and I both thought they worked well. Are they likely too short or too much ski for me?
2. Which of the other three and what length should I demo next , given that I probably will only demo one more day?
Sorry about long post and thanks for any advice you can give.

 

 

First, welcome to Epic.  I am also 73 so the best answer I can give would be to have FUN and try everything (which you are)  if you keep at it and get better over the years, you will change SKI CHOICE many times.  Go have fun -  time on the snow counts.

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Welcome to Epic. Like Pete, I'm also a septaugenarian and I work part time in a ski shop. Because of that I get to demo a lot of skis. I've demoed the Brahma and thought it was a very good ski; good edge grip, stable at high speeds, easy to turn and fun. I do think 166 is too short, the 173 would be a better length for you. I demoed the 180. I'm 5'7", 150 pounds. Don't get too hung up on who the manufacturer says a ski is for. If you enjoy skiing it and it doesn't beat you up, that's all that matters. My most important test for any ski is : was it fun? If it wasn't fun, it isn't something I would buy.
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I'm roughly your size and skiing the K2 AMP Rictor 82XTi in a 170. I probably could have gone longer and at first it was feeling really short, but I've developed a deeper affection for them and now like the turniness they have. I'm assuming that K2 you mentioned is quite similar. There is NO WAY I'd go any shorter, though.
post #5 of 6

K2 makes some of the friendliest skis out there, and an 85 waist is a very good starting point for the skiing you describe on Mt. Hood.

 

IIRC, one of the reviews on this year's version of the ski called it a Hangover Ski because it was easy going, and could do no wrong.

 

Welcome back to the sport!

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Thanks for your suggestions and encouragement. I was particularly tickeled by the "hangover ski" reference. Doctor's orders and age pretty much preclude a literal need but I had a very clear idea of the potential fit ! I will be at Hood tomorrow and will try to demo a K2 ski and perhaps the Brahma in the next size up ( though the 166's were fun and sure seemed to improve my skiing).
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