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Getting back into it, looking for advice [moving back to Colorado]

post #1 of 11
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I am getting back into skiing this year after finally moving back to Colorado following 7 years in Virginia, and I am looking for some advice on a new pair of skis for the upcoming season.  I still have a pair of 2008 Head supershape magnums (73mm, super active from what I remember) and 2005 Salomon Pocket Rockets.

 

Some info on me first: 5' 10", 190lbs, skied from ages 3-18, but haven't skied more than a handful of days in the past 7 years.  When I left off, I was an advanced-expert skier, but also more athletic than I am now.  When I was skiing frequently I was doing a mix of frontside groomers and steeps with family and back bowl and chutes with friends.  I would charge decently hard, but at heart was more of a finesse skier other than ripping groomers.

 

I am moving back to Colorado and will mainly be skiing Vail/Beaver Creek and A-Bay.  My friends primarily ski back bowls and moderate steeps now (have a friend who is an intermediate snowboarder, avoid bumps too). I think I'm in the market for an all-mountain ski that's good in the crud and groomed, but will be able to handle the odd fresh powder (let's be honest, with work powder won't be a major portion of my hours skiing).

 

I have so far been looking at:

 

Elan Ripsticks 96 or 106 (read the least about these)

Kastle FX95 HP

Line Sick Day 102

Liberty Helix

Liberty Origin 106 (new for 2017 I believe)

Nordica Enforcer

Stockli Stormrider 95

 

I know I should demo most of these, but also thinking of jumping on some of the upcoming sales.  So, I guess I have two primary questions.  First, should I be looking at the ~95mm range, or the 100-105 range?  Am I completely off base? Back in the mid-2000's, I remember the Pocket Rockets feeling very wide, and it's nuts to me that a "mid-fat" seems to be even wider now.  However, I really enjoyed those skis and was happy on them from hardpack to 12" of fresh.  Second, which of the above skis (or any others) would you recommend/think may be the best fit?

post #2 of 11

I live in Vail. My daily driver is a Nordica Enforcer - one of the best skis I have ever been on. It handles pretty much everything up to knee deep pow. Busts through crud like a Kastle MX88 (too much ski for me though - very unforgiving). It is burly enough to bomb groomers with, but despite having the 2 sheets of metal, it can be extremely forgiving (which I did not expect when demoing it). The only downside is that they are almost never on sale. I think I still ended up paying $600 for mine towards the end of the season.

 

Most shops up here can't keep them. I think I've seen maybe two pair (at different times) in different stores. BUT IIRC, SkiEssentials.com has the 2017 Enforcers w/ Griffons for $850?? Very worthy of it being named Ski of the Year - unlike the Rossi Soul 7 which was/is a one trick pony in my opinion. 

 

I would say if you can only buy one ski for Vail this season, grab an Enforcer. It really is THAT good.

post #3 of 11

What boot's you on and do they fit properly?

post #4 of 11

+1 on the Enforcers (I own a pair). For crud, though, I think I might prefer the FX 95s. I demoed them last year — great ski — everything smooths out with a Kästle. I have a pair of FX 84s that I prefer in the chop to the Enforcers.

 

But, huge, huge caveat, I ski the Ice Coast. Big difference. Our crud can be resilient, and I haven't skied the Enforcers in the West yet.

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What boot's you on and do they fit properly?

Dalbello KR Rampage. They fti live a glove and feel like I'm wearing slippers :)

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

What boot's you on and do they fit properly?

Dalbello KR Rampage. They fti live a glove and feel like I'm wearing slippers :)


I think this was a question directed at the OP. (Standard Epic question when someone asks for a ski rec: "What have you done about boots?")

post #7 of 11

...i just realized that - LOL.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have a pair of foam injection boots (Nordica I want to say) that used to fit like a dream.  Locked in and secure, but no pain.  I doubt my feet have changed much since I got them in 2008ish.

 

I've heard unanimous praise for the enforcers, near the top of my list.  Sounds like should handle Colorado crud just fine.

post #9 of 11
You might be surprised on the boots and some foam gets hard.

Since you have the Heads for hard snow. I'd be looking at the 95+ skis and could go as wide as 108-110.
Most of the models you are looking at are new and won't be on blow out sale. I think you should take your time and attend some early season demo events and try out a bunch of skis.

Plus, that will give you a chance to try out the boots.

The PR's will be good early season soft snow rock skis. I wouldn't be in any hurry to get on a brand new pair, especially if your paying full boat or close to it.
post #10 of 11

Enforcers are a good choice, replace the sick day on your list with Supernaturals. Should also be high on your list.

post #11 of 11

I bought the Atomic Advantage 100 cti as the Kastles were to much $$$:  http://www.mountainonline.com/the-best-all-mountain-skis-2016/

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