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Buying first skis

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hello there all you skiier types!
I am looking to purchase my first set of skis soon and after reading all sorts of posts I haven't a clue what I should get... I read alot of good things about whatever skis, then I read things that make them seem really bad.. sooo I figure I'll just ask and see what comes out...

I am 18, weigh 135-140 lbs and am 5'9" or so... I haven't skied all that much yet, but plan on skiing alot more... I ski somewhat fast, faster than most out there I've noticed.. though with a bit less control... currently I stick with the squares and single diamonds... I ski in NC mostly, on the resorts around here, but I want some skis that can go all over the mountains as well and are mostly stable at high speeds.. I don't mind a bit harder skis to learn as I plan on getting good with whatever I get... and yeah.. that is mostly all,

thank any of you for responses ahead of time, I've had a wonderful time reading alot of your previous posts already, and I'll reply to any other asked info

Intermediate skiier aspiring for higher
post #2 of 9
Good all around:
Atomic 9.20
Völkl Vectris V21 or V31

For more fun:
Atomic 10.11

You could also try a slalom ski (if you think you're ready for it):
Atomic 9.16
Head Slalom Worldcup Ti
Völkl P40 SL

All listed are great skis.

Go to a good shop and demo some.
post #3 of 9
Do you by any chance go to app? I do. I just bought a new set of Atomic 9.22s that are awesome thusfar, great edgehold, esp. for a midfat (I got a midfat because I spend a week out west every year.) You might want to look at the Atomic 9.18 and 9.26 as groomer skis, and with your light weight Volants would probably work well for you too. Also, a Volkl would probably work, but I am not all that knowledgeable about their line, and I think they are too unforgiving. If you plan on buying in Boone or Banner Elk email me at ps32606@appstate.edu, I can give you some buying tips.

post #4 of 9
The Volkl Vertigo G 31 fits yout description perfectly. Look in the consumer review section for that review(by me) and of many other skis. Although it may be too much ski to start.

post #5 of 9
I've got to disagree with everyone here. All the skis listed are very good, but no one except you knows what will work best for you. Here's one resource for picking skis for your demo list http://www.peterkeelty.com/skilocker/Npick.htm.

Do demo! You can probably find a dozen fine skis suitable for your skiing style and ability, and if you were able to demo all of them, you'd find tremendous differences. Some of them will set your skiing back and some will raise your skiing to a higher level. You'll only know if you test drive them.

Instead of buying skis, consider spending the money on a boot fitter. Have the fitter recommend boots that suit your feet and legs, your ability, and your sking style. Get them custom fitted. Rent good skis, and you'll ski better for the same money.
post #6 of 9
Hi Talythius,

I think you need to start at the beginning. First you need a proper pair of well fitting boots probably with custom foot beds.

You need to find a good boot fitter to do all that.

Once that is done, now you are ready to demo skis. Those posting to this forum, can give you all kinds of recommendtions, but you should "try'em before you buy'em !"

Boots are your most important equipment, so you cannot properly demo skis, until you have the right boots.

As to brands of skis, I think Volant, has a lot of offerings, as do Atomic, Salomon, Volkl, K2, Rossignol, and Head.

You see, you are the best and actual final judge of what ski seems to work best for you. So demo first, but before you demo, get the right fitting boots that you can flex forward in easily. Do this, even if it means you have to wait another season to buy skis, so you may have to rent skis for another season.Sometimes ski speciality shops well let you do a seasonal rental letting you apply part or all the rental fee to the purchase of new skis.

I understand that skis and boots are very expensive, especialy for those that have limited budgets to spend on ski equipment, so making good choices becomes all that more important.

Good Luck and Happy Skiing !!<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by wink (edited January 07, 2001).]</FONT>
post #7 of 9
The Last two post were the best advise Here.Get good boots they will do more for your skiing then anything else. So save afew bucks this year and use that money to take a lession or two. Any body can ski fast skiing fast and in control is a whole diffrent thing altogether. Also if you wait you will find some excellent deals on this season skis next fall.

The Best skier in the world is the One with the biggest smile. Utah49
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Wow... thank all of you very much... I am quite sure I will try demo-ing different skis first as well as getting some good boots... I goto Western Carolina PupManS.. as well I might be buying there as that is where I ski, unfortunately my money is lower than expected.. so as soon as I save some again I'll be going there again to ski/perhaps try out ski's & boots for purchase, I'll email you if I do though .. thank all of you again very much helpful info
post #9 of 9
In your travels to shops for the demo, keep your eyes open for some used low or mid end shapes.

If you stay with this (ski) mania you will grow out of a low end ski pretty quickly and you won't be out the big bucks.

Also, be aware that you've embarked on that quest for the perfect ski (that doesn't exist)....kinda like the Holy Grail.
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