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Rental question [for Snowbird in late season]

post #1 of 16
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Hi all...

 

I grew up skiing in the northeast, but moved to NC in 2006.  Since I have moved down here my skiing career has gone down the tubes.  But, I want to get back into it and have never skiied out west.  I'm going to Snowbird next week.

 

I don't own any equipment, and I know nothing about current equipment.  I grew up skiing on straight skis, so all of this new equipment is a lot to digest.  Instead of buying, I thought renting some different equipment in UT would be a good way to gauge what would be a good ski to buy down the road.

 

My question is what type and size of equipment would be a good match for my size/ability/preferences?

 

I'm 37, 6 foot 200 lbs, high intermediate/lower advanced level skier.  I have always preferred control to speed.  I prefer to be in the trees and on the bumps as opposed to cruisers and steeps.  I'm sure my age and layoff will knock me back a bit in what I'm capable of skiing, but you get the point.  It's too early to predict the weather, but as of right now it looks like my first couple of days will be spring skiing conditions.

 

Here are some of the skis one of the Snowbird rental shop offers......Would there be a ski there that would anybody would suggest based on my size/ability/preferences?  Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

-Atomic Vantage 95

-Blizzard Bonafide

-Blizzard Black Pearl

-Blizzard Brahma

-Head Monster 88

-Head Total Joy

-K2 Pinnacle 95

-K2 Ikonic 85

-K2 Ooolaluv

-K2 Luv Struck

-Rossignol Soul 7

-Rossignol Sin 7

-Rossignol Experience 88

-Rossignol Experience 84

-Rossignol Temptation 84

-Rossignol Sassy 7

-Volkl RTM 80

-Volkl Kendo

-Volkl Yumi

-Volkl Yumi

 

Moderator note: info added to thread title

post #2 of 16

This late in the season I would push you towards a 95mm waist or wider. Most of the newer wide skis are easy to turn if you know what your doing.

 

I'm taking my 106mm waist ski out to Whistler next week.

 

I suggest you take a lesson on what ever ski you pick to learn the correct movement patterns Things have changed a little from what you used to do.

 

For a length for you, I think I push you towards 170-175 until you get better, that may be the first day. I'm about your size, a couple weeks back I demoed the Volkl 100 eight in 181cm and loved it. My normal ski, the Kendo is 177cm.

post #3 of 16

@CarolinaSkier11 : snow conditions and weather make a lot of difference when skiing in LCC in April.  I bring my all-mountain Black Pearls, 88 underfoot, and ski them most of the time.  However, when I'm lucky enough to catch a powder storm, then I rent wider skis.  If <12 inches then something about 100 underfoot.  If deeper than that, I've gone as wide as 117.  Note that I'm an older petite advanced skier, so that's really, really wide for me.

 

When I started skiing again after a long hiatus, I started with relatively short skis.  Meaning about nose height.  I was an intermediate then.  Didn't take long to adjust to the current shape.  Definitely would help if you took a lesson early in your ski vacation.  The adjustment is not difficult and an experience instructor can save you time learning how to use the skis more efficiently.  My ski buddy had been skiing new skis with old technique for years until he took a lesson with me at Alta.  After an hour working on stance on groomers, he had a new appreciation for what side cut of his RTM 80s can do for him when his stance is more appropriate.

 

Based on what my friend likes who is about your size, these are the skis on your list you might consider assuming more on groomers the first day.  The nice part about renting on the mountain is that it's easy to switch out.  When I rent at Alta, sometimes I switch out at lunch time so that I have a chance to check out something else . . . assuming it's not a powder day.

 

-Atomic Vantage 95

-Head Monster 88

-Head Total Joy

-K2 Ikonic 85

-K2 Ooolaluv

-Rossignol Experience 88

-Volkl RTM 80

-Volkl Kendo/Kenja

 

Since you have a little time, perhaps ask the question over on TheSkiDiva.com .

post #4 of 16
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-Atomic Vantage 95

-Blizzard Bonafide

-Blizzard Black Pearl

-Blizzard Brahma

-Head Monster 88

-Head Total Joy

-K2 Pinnacle 95

-K2 Ikonic 85

-K2 Ooolaluv

-K2 Luv Struck

-Rossignol Soul 7

-Rossignol Sin 7

-Rossignol Experience 88

-Rossignol Experience 84

-Rossignol Temptation 84

-Rossignol Sassy 7

-Volkl RTM 80

-Volkl Kendo

-Volkl Yumi

-Volkl Yumi

 

Moderator note: info added to thread title


Some of the skis above are womens' skis and may not be available in sizes to suit you.     Don't worry about specific skis- it's far better to decide on the spot, and then exchange a ski you don't like for one you do.    


My suggested tactic for you would be to rent an E84 or Kendo, and take some lessons unless its a storm/ powder day.

If your boots are from 2006ish or earlier, do very seriously consider buying a new pair while you are there and having them tweaked during your stay.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks Max and Marz.

 

I think a lesson is definitely in order for my first day.

 

BTW...I'm a guy! Haha...:rotflmao:

post #6 of 16
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Since you have a little time, perhaps ask the question over on TheSkiDiva.com .

 

Not sure the OP is ...ahem...qualified to post over there?

post #7 of 16
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Thanks Max and Marz.

 

I think a lesson is definitely in order for my first day.

 

BTW...I'm a guy! Haha...:rotflmao:

:o  Oops, been reading too many posts by newbies lately.  Got you confused with someone else.  Maybe some future female lurker will take advantage of my suggestion.

post #8 of 16
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Since you have a little time, perhaps ask the question over on TheSkiDiva.com .

 

Not sure the OP is ...ahem...qualified to post over there?


Then perhaps Pugski.com is another place to ask the question.  In general, there aren't as many people reading online ski forums given how many regions are done for the season.  Trying to help the OP get as much input as possible.

post #9 of 16
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Not sure the OP is ...ahem...qualified to post over there?

 

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

:o  Oops, been reading too many posts by newbies lately.  Got you confused with someone else.  Maybe some future female lurker will take advantage of my suggestion.


For some reason I thought the same thing after scanning recent post in this forum. Oops.

post #10 of 16

@CarolinaSkier11 : did you end up getting a rental car or are you just going to stay at Snowbird the entire time?  By the way, I added you to the LCC meetup thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144371/alta-and-or-snowbird-when-are-you-going-to-be-there-in-2015-16

post #11 of 16

Given his established skill set the E84, Kendo and M88 seemed most appropriate, but the M88 may not be as chuckable in trees as he's looking for, so...maybe shift to the Vantage after the lesson.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

@CarolinaSkier11 : did you end up getting a rental car or are you just going to stay at Snowbird the entire time?  By the way, I added you to the LCC meetup thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144371/alta-and-or-snowbird-when-are-you-going-to-be-there-in-2015-16

Originally I was planning on checking out SLC on Tuesday, but I'm too excited to go skiing.  I'm on that Delta direct flight from RDU, so I get in around 10 AM.  I'm think I'm going to just hop on the shuttle when I get there, pick up the rentals and see if I can get in half a day.

 

Cool...thanks....It would definitely be fun to meet up!  I have three full days.  (6th - 8th)  I think it makes sense to warm up over at Alta on the 6th with a lesson, ski SB on the 7th and then whatever I want on the 8th (and maybe 9th).  I'm flying SW on the way back, so I can push my flight back if the weather looks promising.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

@CarolinaSkier11 : did you end up getting a rental car or are you just going to stay at Snowbird the entire time?  By the way, I added you to the LCC meetup thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144371/alta-and-or-snowbird-when-are-you-going-to-be-there-in-2015-16

Originally I was planning on checking out SLC on Tuesday, but I'm too excited to go skiing.  I'm on that Delta direct flight from RDU, so I get in around 10 AM.  I'm think I'm going to just hop on the shuttle when I get there, pick up the rentals and see if I can get in half a day.

 

Cool...thanks....It would definitely be fun to meet up!  I have three full days.  (6th - 8th)  I think it makes sense to warm up over at Alta on the 6th with a lesson, ski SB on the 7th and then whatever I want on the 8th (and maybe 9th).  I'm flying SW on the way back, so I can push my flight back if the weather looks promising.


I noticed that Delta started a direct flight again in March.  My first trip out to Alta with my daughter was partially because there was a decent price on a non-stop flight when friends would be there.  But at this point, all my flights out west are on Southwest.  Being able to change without any penalty balances off having to change planes, especially for late season trips to SLC.  Besides, being retired sometimes I can get bumped since I'm not in that much of a rush to get home.

 

Arriving at 10, you should have no problem skiing for a few hours that afternoon.  I've done that arriving at 11am and heading straight to Alta Lodge.   If you could make it in time for the free mountain tour at Snowbird, that might be worth thinking about.  Can always leave early if it's not that useful.

 

I expect to be skiing Alta on April 6.  Adult lessons are in the afternoon, so if you want to meet up for a few runs that morning I might be available.  Look for a PM with contact info.

post #14 of 16

Just realized your extension would mean you could check out skis at the Alta Demo Day on April 9.  It's free.  If you are planning to ski out west, there are usually at least 15 brand tents, sometimes more if snow conditions are good.

 

http://www.discoveralta.com/event/demo-day/

 

I put of pic of an Alta Demo Day in a thread for people who have never demo'd skis.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142999/what-is-a-demo-day-for-skis-a-beginner-zone-thread#post_1922507

post #15 of 16
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My suggested tactic for you would be to rent an E84 or Kendo, and take some lessons unless its a storm/ powder day.

If your boots are from 2006ish or earlier, do very seriously consider buying a new pair while you are there and having them tweaked during your stay.

If the OP can manage with rental boots for a few days this trip, there is a ski shop near the NC Triangle that has a good boot fitter.  I've been happy with C&R in Hillsborough for over 5 years for two pairs of boots.  Wanted to upgrade after becoming an advanced skier, even though the other boots probably would've been okay for another season or two.  Of course, if he plans to head to Snowbird on a regular basis and can find a good late season deal on boots that fit, that works too.

post #16 of 16
I'm nearly your same skill level and size. I rented the head 88 ski from Christy sports there at snowbird and loved them at the end of January.
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