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Technical Carver for Level 8 [former racer skiing around Tahoe]

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I'm looking to replace a pair of 2001 era Salomon Scream Pilot 10's.  I'm 41, 6'2", 185, fairly fit and an ex-high school racer and I still spend many of my ski days in search of the perfect turn.  I do all my skiing in the Tahoe area.  I'm looking for a uni-tasking carving ski with more GS characteristics than slalom.

 

In searching, I'm thinking that i.Supershape Speeds, MX88, but I'm having trouble finding real reviews I can trust.  I'm planning on trying some demos, but would like a starting point.

 

 

Thanks!

Chris

post #2 of 21

Sounds like you are looking for a non-FIS GS or SL/GS hybrid race ski.  Something like a Fischer RC or RC Pro.  

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Originally Posted by traingulum33 View Post
 

Hi,

 

I'm looking to replace a pair of 2001 era Salomon Scream Pilot 10's.  I'm 41, 6'2", 185, fairly fit and an ex-high school racer and I still spend many of my ski days in search of the perfect turn.  I do all my skiing in the Tahoe area.  I'm looking for a uni-tasking carving ski with more GS characteristics than slalom.

 

In searching, I'm thinking that i.Supershape Speeds, MX88, but I'm having trouble finding real reviews I can trust.  I'm planning on trying some demos, but would like a starting point.

 

 

Thanks!

Chris

 

"No MX88, Head Supershapes for you!" in my best soup nazi voice. What you want is a non-FIS GS ski. There are plenty of good ones... Head Rebels iSpeed (not the supershape 'speed'), Rossi Hero Master, Blizzard WRC/Nordica GSR, Volkl, Atomic... there isn't a bad ski in the bunch, and they're all spectacular for dialing in your mid to long 'tech' turns. These all put 'carvers' to shame. 

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post #5 of 21
Oh, and for the OP, at your height and weight, there really isn't any need to go longer than 180'ish. These skis are all quite stable at speed, You're in for a huge and pleasant surprise coming from your old Xscreams... Once you figure the new skis out.
post #6 of 21

There definitely is nothing like a race ski for carving.  

 

Get another pair of something else for powder and spring snow days.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone!!

post #8 of 21

Agree, 100% with Markup's comments, and recommendations. And with SMJ. 

 

I'd start with the GS cheater, and find one you like, then STOP. The entire category is really great these days. If you can demo 2-3, I'm sure you'll love one. Agree on the 180ish length. I happen to own the Head, and the Dynastar. If I were buying/looking, I seriously know {having skied them} that I'd be real happy with the Atomic, the Blizz/Nordica, the Rossi, and the Volkl. 

 

There are going to be plenty of days when you might like a wider ski, based on the snow surface, where you're skiing, etc. Again, there are a TON of good skis in the 88mm-100mm "slot" of waist widths. Every year there are a large number of lightly used ones that pop up here on Epic at great prices. My skis in this range have come to me, for free, though my kids and their contacts/deals. You can demo a few and figure out how much rocker you might like {or dislike}, etc., depending on how you plan to use it. Brahma, Bonafide, Enforcers, Head Monsters......all good places to start. 

 

My hunch is that with such a two ski "quiver" you'd be very pleased. You're not going to miss the Scream Pilot's, at all!

post #9 of 21

GS cheater or possibly FIS GS, but I'm guessing GS cheater would be a better fit coming from a Scream Pilot. 

 

As Marko posted above, once you figure them out, you will love them, and no need to go longer for sability in a GS cheater or full on race ski; they are stable.

 

I would suggest a mid-twenties radius ski with traditional camber.

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

I think I may order a pair of the referenced Rossi Hero Elite LT Ti.  I'm seeing them listed new for $499.

At 185-190 lbs, I feel like I'm right between 176 and 183cm:

 

http://media.rossignol.com//international/sizes/Alpine-Ski-1415.pdf

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Yeah, though currently sold out.  Great deal.

post #13 of 21

It's not sold out at the store level. 

 

Ski Depot have a strange way of highlighting that certain skis are sold out at the supplier level. I guess to create some kind of urgency for the consumer to buy now and not later.  

post #14 of 21
Or simply that the ski is sold out at the wholesaler, but a single store still has them. I know of a few skis that are sold out all over Europe, except at the store I work at, where we still have a few that we bought in March.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 

What size do you guys recommend for me?

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Given you're in a big mt. environment and though light, are tall and have a long lever to bend things, I'd say with the LT being a bit softer/more forgiving than the Hero Master, I'd go the 183.  If you were east, a length shorter. 

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What size do you guys recommend for me?

Given your size, (assumed skills) and weight, I wouldn't be too worried about going with the 183. Have a blast!
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Look up ScotsSkiers profile and read his posts on similar discussions.  His advice on this matter as to the best ski(s) is likely among the best bar none.

 

The newer Masters Race skis, or some of the Womens GS FIS skis.  Again see what SS says.

post #21 of 21
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An option that has received favorable reviews here at Epic. Maybe next year for myself.

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It's not sold out at the store level. 

Ski Depot have a strange way of highlighting that certain skis are sold out at the supplier level. I guess to create some kind of urgency for the consumer to buy now and not later.  

I could no longer resist the temptation after getting a promotion at work. My reward: new Hero Elite LT Ti in 183 cm are on their way to Pennsylvania from Ski Depot in Maine!biggrin.gif
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