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I've stepped away from skiing for a few years (and this group). Job, life, hip replacement... You know...

 

Anyway I've gotten up a couple of times this year. Surprisingly things felt pretty good. A lot of the finesse was missing but I'm glad to see I still know how.

 

My hills are Squaw, Alpine, Bear, Sugar Bowl primarily. I think I need some new skis (who doesn't?) I am currently skiing on Atomic Metron's and Line Motherships. I need something in between, or to replace the Metron's at least.

 

I'm a 55 year old guy,been skiing since I was 10, ex-mediocre racer, and taught skiing for a decade or so. I think I'm looking more for a 80-90 all mountain carving ski, maybe even a little wider. I've grown away from the metrons, perhaps they are just skied out. Maybe just too turny. Who knows. Anyway, this year no matter the condition I was mostly happy on the Motherships no matter the condition. 

 

Things I love about those skis:

 

1. There seems to be no speed limit. I ski pretty fast - I got one of those ski apps on my phone this year and I seem to record mid 50's for max speed every day, just cruising big GS turns

2. They carver really really well. I love to carve turns. I'm solid technically and there are few better feelings on skis

3. They feel to me like a big, dumb race ski. I like that.

 

What I don't love

 

1. They are a little bit of work when it gets icy and choppy

2. It's pretty hard to get them around quickly at at slower speeds, or on steep, firm terrain.

 

Since I've been completely away for so long I'm market-unaware. What are the top contenders out there for me? I don't want a powder ski, a full rocker, or a race ski. I'd like something that performs like a thoroughbred but I can also relax on too. Something that holds like there is no tomorrow on firm groomers but is also decent in crud or powder? Honestly, I can ski crud and powder on a race ski fine, but why? I think I'm over that stage in my life.

 

Thanks for any suggestions. It's good to be back.

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I think I put this in the wrong forum. Sorry. How do adjust?

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I think I put this in the wrong forum. Sorry. How do adjust?

Moderator note: Moved it for you.  Also added to thread title.  You're welcome.

 

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Thank you.

post #5 of 7

Hi, welcome to Epic.

 

Assuming your boots are dialed in and fit appropriately (since that's the first thing people will want to ask), it would help to know your height and weight.   I know what skis I like for myself (lighter skier, 5'10" and 145 lbs) for what you describe (Fisher Motive 86 or 95, Solomon X-Drive 8.8 or 8.0, Head Rev 85 or Monster 88), other, heavier skiers might suggest a Blizzard Brahma or Nordica Enforcer 93.  Or if you really like the Mothership, stick with Line and look at the Supernatural 92.

 

Metrons were state-of-the-art for their time, but things have moved on since then.  Great deals can be had this time of year, especially on models that are being replaced with a new model for next year ( i.e. Fischer Motive 95).

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Thank you.

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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post
 

Hi, welcome to Epic.

 

Assuming your boots are dialed in and fit appropriately (since that's the first thing people will want to ask), it would help to know your height and weight.   I know what skis I like for myself (lighter skier, 5'10" and 145 lbs) for what you describe (Fisher Motive 86 or 95, Solomon X-Drive 8.8 or 8.0, Head Rev 85 or Monster 88), other, heavier skiers might suggest a Blizzard Brahma or Nordica Enforcer 93.  Or if you really like the Mothership, stick with Line and look at the Supernatural 92.

 

Metrons were state-of-the-art for their time, but things have moved on since then.  Great deals can be had this time of year, especially on models that are being replaced with a new model for next year ( i.e. Fischer Motive 95).

 

I was certain that things have moved on. They always do. I would like to find something now because as you say, it's a great time for deals. Unfortunately I have no market sense right now.

My boots are dialed. They are probably 4 or 5 years old, but they are a typical Nordica 4 buckle overlap boot, like I've had since I was racing and teaching. I have a really wide foot so I've done a lot of work to them to dial them in. 

I'm about 195 pounds and 5'10" tall. Still athletic.

post #7 of 7
You might try to see if you can demo either the Nodica Enforcer 93 or Enforcer S(100mm), either one in a 185cm length. I'm 5'7", 150 pounds and the 177cm Enforcer S suits me just fine, was fun, easy to ski but reacts well to good input. My son is 6', 165 pounds and loves his 185cm Enforcer S. The Enforcer 93 is a bit stiffer than the S. If you want something about 90mm, I'd also recommend you try to demo the Head Monster 88. I haven't skied the Supernatural 92 but have heard good things about it.
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