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Occasional Skier....What skis to buy? [local to Blue Knob in PA]

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Greetings from Pennsylvania!
I have been skiing for about 16 years, with a couple years of snowboarding in between. I haven't skied in the last several years, but am getting back in to it. My uncle gave me a pair of rossignol mountain viper 184s (20 yrs old?) in great shape, took them to the shop and had them adjusted and sharpened/waxed. On the mountain the other day, they gripped well but just seemed to bulky for me. I couldn't turn as quick as I'd like, and they just seemed too big.
I'm 6'0, 130 lbs. I'd say I'm intermediate level...I can occasionally ski black diamond runs. We only ski with local school ski club about 6 times per year. Not much powder here in pa (blue knob), mostly groomed runs. I wear a 28.5 boot.
I know some of the issue with the skis was due to me being rusty, but it never really got any better throughout the day. From what I've seen, my skill level and intermediate level of skiing puts me more in the 165-175 range for an all-mountain ski.
My budget is around $400.00. I have seen some decent sets on the-house.com, such as rossignol experience 75 and 80, but don't want to pull the trigger if I am making a bad decision.
My local ski shop is good, but quite expensive, and tailor toward the upper end of prices. Renting would work, but the amount spent in a year or two could buy me a pair of skis. I'm learning that ski selection is a science. Any pointers would be appreciated.

Rob
post #2 of 24

Welcome to Epic.  I'm not familiar with that ski, although someone here probably is, but I definitely think it's too long.  You should be on 170-175cm skis.  I know one ski that would work quite well for you, I think, the Head Strong Instinct Ti at 177cm.  The ski has some rocker in the tip so it will ski shorter, more like 170-172.  I have a pair of these and they're a lot of fun and pretty easy to control.  They won't punish you if your technique isn't that of an expert.  They're lightweight, have good edge grip and with an 83mm waist, they'll give you good stability and a bit of float if you venture off-piste a little.  They come with bindings so you won't have to worry about choosing a binding.  You might be able to find a demo pair and I would highly recommend demoing before buying.

post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks. These are the things I don know! I am willing to spend a little more (those are around 599?) for the right ski. How does one go about demo ing a ski?
post #4 of 24

Are you only considering new skis?  

post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by daman4469 View Post

Thanks. These are the things I don know! I am willing to spend a little more (those are around 599?) for the right ski. How does one go about demo ing a ski?


Welcome to EpicSki!

 

Look here for info about demo'ing skis.

http://www.epicski.com/t/142999/what-is-a-demo-day-for-skis-a-beginner-zone-thread

 

There was a free Demo Day at Whitetail recently.  Not sure about demo days in western PA.  Maybe ask in the ongoing regional thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147434/2016-17-southeast-mid-atlantic-meetups-weather-nc-va-wv-md-west-pa

post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm open to used as well! I'm not savvy on what those markets are like ☺
post #7 of 24

Demo days are unfortunately pretty rare in western PA. Seven Springs usually has one on the first weekend of January -- I don't know if it happened last weekend, though. Occasionally there will be something at Blue Knob, but as you probably know, they're not always the most...organized at BK! 

 

I've got a pair of used Elan 82xtis that would fit a lot of what you want, but I think that they would be too stiff for you at only 130 lbs. Too bad, as I'm looking for an excuse to unload them... :D 

post #8 of 24

I just look for old reviews and threads (liket his one circa 2014) and search for those skis on craigslist / ebay.   You should be able to find a great pair of used skis with bindings (something that was high-end mid-range for under $400 real easy.  Use ebay to check comparables.   If its real cheap, then its probably in bad condition.  But its all negotiable.

post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm appreciating all the response and am researching those places as we speak.
Ddanks, that's too bad that they're too stiff 😔
post #10 of 24

I'm amazed the shop you went to would even touch bindings that old. 

 

Go to evo.com, and go to ski packages. Filter for Men's skis, Beginner-intermediate, 60-79 waist width, and 170-179 length. They have a pair of Blizzards on sale for under $200 right now. Grab them while they're there. 

 

http://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/blizzard-power-x3-skis-iq-tp10-bindings.aspx

post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 
They didn't seem too excited to touch the old marker bindings, but they did it. That's a good deal on those blizzards. Are they a decent ski? Granted, I don't ski a whole lot, but just got an invite to go ski Stratton vt for a weekend ☺
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by daman4469 View Post

I'm appreciating all the response and am researching those places as we speak.
Ddanks, that's too bad that they're too stiff 😔


Yeah, though if we cross paths at Blue Knob in the next few weeks, then you're welcome to try them. Any chance you'll be heading out in January?

post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by daman4469 View Post

They didn't seem too excited to touch the old marker bindings, but they did it. That's a good deal on those blizzards. Are they a decent ski? Granted, I don't ski a whole lot, but just got an invite to go ski Stratton vt for a weekend ☺

I haven't skied that particular model, but Blizzard has been putting out one of the most consistently great line up of skis for the last few years.

Any modern ski is going to absolutely blow what you have out of the water.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
Salomon X Drive 8.0...any thoughts?
I'm really considering those blizzards and at that price I better make up my mind soon. I trust what you all are saying. Just checking on some things I found in my research.
I'm at that in-betweener stage. I'm intermediate but not advanced, so I just want to make sure the ski can 'keep up', lol!
post #16 of 24

With the X-Drive the question is can you keep up.  It's really meant for more advanced skiers.  It doesn't take kindly to mediocre input and requires that you drive it pretty much all the time.  

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Looks like the blizzard would be better for me. I'd be hard pressed to get in to a decent ski for less than that!
Ddanks - I will be there every Sunday afternoon in January, and this Saturday morning.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
I like the sound of the blizzards but would really like to try the ski I buy beforehand. But that deal won't last long. Oh such a hard life I lead! Lol decisions decisions!
post #19 of 24

Welcome to Epic Ski,

I was in your boat not long ago. During my research I narrowed it down to Rossignol Experience 77. I think those are great beginner skis with most intermediate potential.

http://www.evo.com/ski-packages/rossignol-experience-77-basalt-skis-look-express-11-bindings.aspx#image=106104/458526/clone.jpg

However, since those are my beginner skis, I ended up going with my 2nd choice, and spent extra money towards good boots. 

Volkl RTM 75is. They are on sale for $234.

http://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/volkl-rtm-75-is-skis-4motion-100-bindings.aspx

I will be taking them out this weekend

M

P.S. Make sure you go to a credible boot fitter..it will make or break your skiing experinece 

post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for that. They only have them in a 166, which may be on the short side for me? I almost pulled the trigger on those blizzards this morning but they are sold out 😔
post #21 of 24
Yeah, 166 is definitely too short for you. i would highly recommend the rossignol experience line if you can still get them. They have a nice rocker and if you get them in 77-80 width they will practically turn themselves smile.gif
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
So I'm going to place an order this week. Any clue what to do with my old rossignols? I know they aren't sellable. Would anyone on here want them?
post #23 of 24
Put em on Craigslist someone will buy em....
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 






They aren't bad looking skis. Just old. I'll list them on Craigslist and if nobody wants them I'll hang them in the living room ☺
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