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Hello all - i'm hoping some of the knowledge here can point me in the right direction for my first set of skis?

 

I'm going on my second season of east coast skiing in North Carolina so I'd guess i'm slightly past beginner but on the lower side of intermediate.  This year I'm hoping to get 15-20 days in with most all of them being east coast with maybe a trip out west for spring skiing if time allows.  I did purchase some atomic live fit boots this year which made a big difference.  They may be a bit stiff but I'm guessing I can grow into them.  For reference i'm 6'4 and 205 lbs.

 

I spent some time in ski shops this past weekend and got too many differing opinions on what I should buy and even what waist / length I need.

 

Am I doing myself a disservice if I get something with a waist as narrow as a 75?  I've seen some good deals on the rossignol experience 75 but reviews seem better for skis in the 80-88 range for east coast skiing?  Length should be 176 - 180 from what i've read?

 

My primary goal is to buy something that I can progress with.  It's not overly important to be all mountain skis I can take anywhere, but if there was a good option that allowed that i'd consider it.

 

Thanks for any help.

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Hello all - i'm hoping some of the knowledge here can point me in the right direction for my first set of skis?

 

I'm going on my second season of east coast skiing in North Carolina so I'd guess i'm slightly past beginner but on the lower side of intermediate.  This year I'm hoping to get 15-20 days in with most all of them being east coast with maybe a trip out west for spring skiing if time allows.  I did purchase some atomic live fit boots this year which made a big difference.  They may be a bit stiff but I'm guessing I can grow into them.  For reference i'm 6'4 and 205 lbs.

 

I spent some time in ski shops this past weekend and got too many differing opinions on what I should buy and even what waist / length I need.

 

Am I doing myself a disservice if I get something with a waist as narrow as a 75?  I've seen some good deals on the rossignol experience 75 but reviews seem better for skis in the 80-88 range for east coast skiing?  Length should be 176 - 180 from what i've read?

 

My primary goal is to buy something that I can progress with.  It's not overly important to be all mountain skis I can take anywhere, but if there was a good option that allowed that i'd consider it.

 

Thanks for any help.


Welcome to EpicSki!  What's your favorite mountain in NC?  Where did you buy your boots?  You're pretty much in the Clydesdale category so stiffer boots is probably good in the long run.

 

Let's see if @XLTL will stop by with suggestions.  I'm guessing that going with 80-90 may be better.

 

After I started skiing regularly, including two trips out west per season, I ended up with a quiver.  Narrower and shorter skis for Mid-Atlantic and all-mountain skis (15mm wider) for trips out west.  I rent demo skis out west if I'm lucky enough to catch a powder storm.  Maybe 1 in 10 days out west.

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Since you're a fairly big guy, I would opt for a ski that has some body, preferably some metal. For intermediates I really like the Amphibio-line by Elan. Last year's Amphibio 78 TI, for example.

 

I also like the Fischer Progressor F19. It is on the narrower side (75 mm), but it's a great all-conditions ski for groomers. The Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS the most versatile narrow allmountaiin ski I know. Also worth looking at. Last but not least: my favourite: Fischer Motive 86 TI. Great on anything, not too demanding, but solid enough to get you to an advanced level of allmountain skiing. For all models mentioned: get the longest length they make.

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Sorry poor reception where I'm vacationing. I'm 6'6", 225 lb. I skied a Rossignol Experience 83 a few years back and found it a good stepping stone to more advanced skis. The new Experience 84 HD looks like a step up in technology comparable to the more advanced 88 HD. I'd like to try it out just to see how it compares to the old model. BTW I currently ski an Elan Amphibio 88 XTi which is a stiff advanced ski that I'm still progressing into and really appreciate for the confidence it inspires. I also really liked the Motive 86 over the Salomon but that's just me. Maybe still a touch too advanced?
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'll do some recon on the skis mentioned. Sorry for the basic question, but what is the benefit of having metal in the ski?

I'm fine sticking with a good stepping stone ski and then upgrading in a few years as I progress.

As far as NC goes all I've had the chance to ski is Beech and Sugar. I know that's probably the bottom of the barrel as far as mountains go, but it's the only place you can catch an am flight from Florida and be skiing in the afternoon!
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'll do some recon on the skis mentioned. Sorry for the basic question, but what is the benefit of having metal in the ski?

I'm fine sticking with a good stepping stone ski and then upgrading in a few years as I progress.

As far as NC goes all I've had the chance to ski is Beech and Sugar. I know that's probably the bottom of the barrel as far as mountains go, but it's the only place you can catch an am flight from Florida and be skiing in the afternoon!


Have you read much about "bending a ski" when making a turn?  The idea is to get skis that you can bend, but at the same time aren't too "soft."  Someone like me who is petite is unlikely to enjoy a ski with metal because it would be too stiff and hard to bend, so making turns takes more work.

 

Are you flying to Charlotte?  Have you looked at prices and schedules for flights to Denver or SLC?  I can fly from RDU to SLC and be skiing by 1pm local time, and that's includes changing planes.  The time change works in your favor flying west.  I prefer SLC because the airport is a lot closer to the ski resorts.  Plus lower elevation so less time acclimating.

 

Do you go night skiing when in NC?

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