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Ski advice - one ski quiver for PNW, following 12-year skiing hiatus

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Hey all,

 

I'm hoping to take advantage of a late-season deal somewhere and pick up some new skis for next winter. I've been away from skiing for a long time, and would benefit from your collective wisdom!

 

In another lifetime I logged about 350 days over 4 seasons at Jackson Hole (1997-2000, again in 2003-04), but since 2004 I've skied maybe 30 days total (ugh - I've been stranded in the midwest). The last pair of skis I owned was a Bandit XXX, circa 2000 model, with   "ultrawide dimensions (115-85-104 millimeters)" according to one old review I found online.

 

I'm 40 years old, 5' 10", 155 lbs and with some damn skinny legs. So not really a powerful skier, but even with the extended hiatus I consider myself advanced. 

 

Recently moved to Portland, next season I realistically expect 12-15 days at Meadows, 3-4 days at Bachelor, hopefully 3-4 days at Jackson. I ski (or plan to ski) a mix of powder, steeps, trees, groomers; I avoid bumps when possible and don't expect to get in the pipe or park. However, with two young kids in the house who need to start skiing next winter, the reality is I'll likely be skiing 50-60% on-piste next season.

 

I'm going into this process knowing that almost any skis I get will feel so much better than my last pair, and I shouldn't really sweat it the first season. But if y'all have any sound advice for a one-ski option I'd love to hear it. Thanks!  

 

Jamie

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Welcome to Epic. I strongly suggest you check out ON3P skis, made right there in Portland. The Kartel 98 is a great all around ski. Their skis are built to last and also built to take on the PNW dense snow. I have a pair of ON3P Billy Goats and love them, they are simply the best ski I've ever been on for blasting through crud and mashed potatoes as well as surfing the powder.

Now, what about your boots? Boots are a lot more important than skis and if all you have are your old ones, get to a boot fitter and see what's new.
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