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Help with Eastern Skis

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have recently moved to upstate NY and want to buy my first set of shaped skis. I will be skiing here in NY and will be skiing very often. I am an intermediate skier looking to improve. I like to most any terrain except bumps. I am 5'10 and weigh 170lbs. Any thoughts as to which brand and model of skis that would work best for my situation. Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 13
Cant really recommend as there are so many good ski's now. I would suggest you look at this years buyers guides from SKI and Skiing magazine and look at the intermediate catagory and then if you can wait until the season starts demo some of the ski's that you think you mite like. Most ski resorts will have a demo day were there will be manufactures of ski's there that let you try out there ski's for free. That would be the best way for you to figure out what "you" like best. Good luck.
post #3 of 13
I bought a set of Rossi T-Power Cobra S mid-fats in 167 cm last march. I'd guess the same ski is going to be available this season although I think they changed the name slightly to Cobra X instead of Cobra S.

Anyway, I was pretty happy with them and a number of other people around here with way more experience than me liked them as well.

FWIW I ski little local hills as well as sugarbush and mad river in vermont, so it's good on a variety of terrain.
post #4 of 13
I like Volkl for eastern blue "powder" (ice).

A slalom cut will get you edge to edge quicker. On a 170cm ski you will sacrifice a bit of control at the top end if it's real hard but overall that's probably about where you should be.

The Rossi T-Powers are very nice but I still give Volkl the nod when it comes to the hard stuff. <FONT size="1">

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post #5 of 13
Here is an interesting thread from last year with various comments on skis for the east. I think Oboe's two ski solution, though it cost more, was a smart move.
post #6 of 13
I learned to ski on the east coast as a kid on Fischer skis and have stayed with them ever since. They are smooth, of very high quality and are made with durable wood cores (though some will say foam cores are just as good).

Fischer also has a reputation for building skis models that work for a wide range of skiing abilities and that are fairly forgiving. You might want to check out their line of short slaloms or their new Sceneo 3 series ski.

Fischer skis which are made in Austria are very popular in Europe and in Japan. They have not until very recently made much of a marketing effort in the US so they can be hard to find. In my opinion they are worth the hunt.

You will find that a lot of folks on this board are partial to certain brands. Since there are not many bad skis made these days would say take a little time and survay the feild including some of the less recognized brands like Blizzard, The Claw, Elan, Fischer, Kneissl, Stockli and others before making up your mind. Just because they are not big in the US market doesn't mean they don't make great skis. And by all means take those magazine reviews with a grain...no make that a shaker of salt.

Anyway half the fun of buying new skis is thinking about them and checking out the different shops. <FONT size="1">

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[This message has been edited by Lostboy (edited September 08, 2001).]</FONT>
post #7 of 13
Two pair of skis is always better than one and three is even better yet.

Those same skis that were great on ice and turned like a weasel in a drainpipe will leave you wanting on powder days.

If you can hook up with two good "closeouts" for the price of one 2002 model or close to it why not....... If you are going to ski a lot this is probably a good move, if you don't, then it's a waste of $$$$$.

Whatever you buy, don't fall for that ski of your dreams at a cut rate price in a 193cm...
of something that is too darn long. There are many deals on the long stuff now..... for a reason...... they couldn't sell them!

You should probably be on something 170ish.

My eastern quiver.... 188 Volkl P-40, good for GS crusing and big enough for powder but a bit on the stiff side.......170 P-40 SL, for fun stuff..........185 Rossi 9X, for skis that I keep in my truck/rock skis.

I would like to get a pair of short/fats like Volant Machetes or a pair of P-50's with the rails...... WARNING WARNING OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE ADDICT ALERT!!!!!!!!!<FONT size="1">

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post #8 of 13
Dependent on how you ski the one suggestion I would have is get something diverse and bomb proof. The errant ICE bump can snap many skiis in half and your money and skii's are out the window until the factory get's back to you. I'm a fan of the Bandit XX. Some say it is a bit brittle but your not a 250 pound gorrilla nor do I hope you ski like one. Out side of the entire Rossi line I would go after either the new Head line or Soloman line. Both tough skii's with great companies to back them up. Good luck
post #9 of 13
my recomendation is to buy some fat skis & move west
post #10 of 13
pick up a pair of volkl's if you can. i'm 5 9
210 lbs and ski on 178cm. they can hold on the ice and handle tight spots. the elans i've had chattered too much. where do you plan to ski in NY?<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by pursuitofhappiness (edited September 13, 2001).]</FONT>
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Most of my skiing will be at Greek Peak- I only live a few miles from it. Thanks for all the advice everyone has offered.
post #12 of 13
Suggest a pair of Volant T3 Powers, 180 or 185 cm. It may be your last opportunity to own this fabulous ski. Volant Sports are in trouble, financially, but the make excellent and unique skis, perfect for that high water content packed and icy snow of the east.

Go out west, take them, excellent in powder as well.
post #13 of 13
I think if you get something like the Rossi Cobra, you'll have a lot of fun and it will work well with greek peak. You could probably do a 160 or 170 at your ability, maybe a 170 since you'll probably improve quickly with them.
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