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Replacement skis for K2 Apache Explorer

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I'm looking for advice in buying  replacement skis for my Apache Explorer 177 CM.  I have always liked a bit longer ski because of the stability and reduction of chatter.  I generally ski groomed runs.  I am 5' 11"  180 lbs.  I ski hard/fast but my technique isn't the greatest (I am Advanced/Intermediate) in carving turns and the K2s have been very forgiving skis.  I'm looking for something fast, but a ski that will teach me better carving skills. I'm also looking at something that can handle varied snow conditions, but primarily groomers. I have been looking at the Head SuperShape skis - specifically the Titan or the Ralley. Can anyone recommend and/or compare these models and what length you would recommend 170 or 177.  Thank you! (If you have other brands you highly recommend please suggest those as well)

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Wow, Explorers. Wayback machine blast. I'd strongly recommend doing some demoing. Heads will be damp like your Explorers, but more demanding. Especially Titans. At your size and skill level, a 170 Titan or Rally will actually be longish. Have you looked at current K2's? They've come a long way, and may be more intermediate friendly at a length you like. If you really want a Head, I'd look for last year's REV 80 or 85. Again, versatile, but easier to pilot in a longer length than the Titan or Rally. 

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I demoed the Head Rally when it first came out and really liked it.  I think a Rally in 170 would work well for you.  Yes its a higher performance ski than your current K2s, but it's pretty forgiving.  Of course if you can demo, do that.

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Volkl RTM-84

Blizzard G- Power

Volkl Kendo

Fischer Motive

Fischer Progressor

Scott the ski

My older Magnum 8.5 ti

 

 

It mostly depends of what you mean by "handle varied snow conditions"

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