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I'm planning on buying new skis and boots this year. After hours and hours of reading posts and reviews I'm even more lost now. I'm 32yr 6' ~ 200lbs athletic build, advanced skier. My wife and I have lived in FL for 15yrs but always make it out for a ski trip at least once a year, family owns a house in Beech Mtn NC. I grew up in Mn, started skiing at 2 and basically skied 6-7 days a week until I moved at 18. Went to Tahoe last year and plan to buy an epic pass this year and go out to Colorado a couple times this year and visit Breck Vail etc.

On to the skis. I have been renting demos for years since the last pair of skis I purchased were circa 2000 Salomon 1080's. In Tahoe last year I rented Blizzard Bonafides, gave them back the next day and swapped them for Head Super Shape. I feel like I could really carve on the Blizzards, I guess I'm not a fan of the fat skis. I really liked the super shapes but wanted to see if anyone has any other suggestions. I also rented rossignol experience 88 in Nc last year and they were just okay imo. I typically ski with my wife who used to race however she basically sticks to the groomers now, she likes blacks if they don't have bumps. I carve aggressively on the groomers, dragging elbows etc, hit the bumps if I don't lose the wife, and I still love to hit all the jumps in the park. Looking at the Head Supershape Rally or Titan, but I'm open to other brands. I plan to buy last years model of whatever I choose rather than pay full retail for 2017's.

Also any recommendations for boots?

Tried to attach a pic of me last year at Heavenly.


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I'm planning on buying new skis and boots this year. After hours and hours of reading posts and reviews I'm even more lost now. I'm 32yr 6' ~ 200lbs athletic build, advanced skier. My wife and I have lived in FL for 15yrs but always make it out for a ski trip at least once a year, family owns a house in Beech Mtn NC. I grew up in Mn, started skiing at 2 and basically skied 6-7 days a week until I moved at 18. Went to Tahoe last year and plan to buy an epic pass this year and go out to Colorado a couple times this year and visit Breck Vail etc.

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Also any recommendations for boots?

Welcome to EpicSki!  When do you intend to head up to Beech this winter?  You could consider getting boots near there.  I had my first experience with a boot fitter across from Sugar a while back.  However, there are far more experienced boot fitters out in Colorado.  In the long run, may be worth adding an extra day to your first trip out west and set up an appointment.

 

Better get your Epic Pass soon.  Have heard the rates are likely to go in in Oct.

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We may skip Beech this year and just take a couple trips out to Colorado. You're probably right about waiting to get boots until I'm out west.
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We may skip Beech this year and just take a couple trips out to Colorado. You're probably right about waiting to get boots until I'm out west.


You might bump this thread from 2015 to see if the info is still good.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/143826/top-bootfitter-s-in-colorado

 

Might as well make use of the Epic Pass.  I haven't been to Beech for a while.  Once I started taking my daughter out to Alta during spring break, it was hard to justify driving to the NC Mountains for crowded weekend conditions. :)

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Thanks for the info on the boots!

Question about the Supershapes, I don't live in the park all day like I used to but I still like to take a few laps everyday I'm out. I know the Supershapes are heavy but will they hold up if I'm taking them through the park regularly? The pic of me is on the supershape rally demos I tried out last year.

Any other skis I should be looking at?
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K2 Supercharger or IKonic 80 Ti might be worth a look.  Getting last year's demos is a good way to score cheap skis, but you might even go back a couple of years in your search.  Sounds like you might be interested most in skis with a 75-80 mm waist?

 

The Salomon 1080's were a great ski for their time.  I had several family members outfitted with them, and my wife still rides them.  The ski technology has gotten better, and there really aren't that many bad skis out there.

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Just bought a pair of Volkl Rtm 86. I also picked up an epic pass, let me, know if anyone is up to go out this year!
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Just bought a pair of Volkl Rtm 86. I also picked up an epic pass, let me, know if anyone is up to go out this year!


One way to see if anyone will be around when you are skiing out west is to ask in the ongoing regional thread for 2016-17.  To see a list of all of them, go to Resorts, Conditions & Travel.

 

http://www.epicski.com/f/21/resorts-conditions-travel

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