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Ski advice - going to Banff for a season

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I live in Sydney and ski mostly in Australia (not the best snow). I have also done a few weeks in New Zealand, Austria, France and Japan.

I currently ski on Atomic 9.20s in 170cm. They are nice stiff carver great for racing and front-side skiing ... but not particular good for powder or crud. (Oh, I also have an old pair of 1080s for the park)

I am going to Canada later this year for the season and I am looking to get a new pair of mid-fats for the versatility. I will be settling in Banff and will be doing road-trips around Canada to ski. I got the taste for powder in Japan and plan to do more back-side skiing there.

Stats ...
height: 170cm
weight: 70kg
age: 26
years skiing: 10
ability: advanced moving to expert
style: agressive but prone to skidding the tail sometimes in tight steeps

I have been looking round and reading the various reviews and have narrowed my search down to the following rides:
  • K2 Apache Recons
  • Volkl 724 exps / pros
  • Elan 666 or Elan Magfire 10 / 12
  • Atomic b5
Would anyone out there in cyberspace be able to provide advice on which skis and lengths (under 170cm would be my preference) would suit my style, ability and Banff conditions.

Cheers

Mark
post #2 of 22
buy in banff at one of the ski swaps (november) or demo then buy new?

all are nice skis and should be just fine for the banff area.

70-80 under foot
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by mntlion
70-80 under foot
Am I reading this right? Did you miss type when you meant to hit 80-90 or 90 to 99?

I do happen to agree the 70-80 under foot should do fine. Just don't expect mtnlion to see it that way usually.
post #4 of 22
forget about asking which ski i wanna know what you are driving after reading this:
"and will be doing road-trips around Canada to ski"
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
haven't figured that out just yet ... will work it out when I get to banff

I am goign to make a list of places I want to ski, then make my way down the list ... snow and money permitting of course
post #6 of 22
also might want to buy some rock skis for the first ??? months of the season, it is called the ROCKY mountains in the banff area for a reason.

L7: ya a guy like this 70-80 might help him, I'm beyond help with using my edges. If I can't just pivot or hit a bump to turn I won't. Sure a tune might help but that is just a crutch
post #7 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion
L7: ya a guy like this 70-80 might help him, I'm beyond help with using my edges. If I can't just pivot or hit a bump to turn I won't. Sure a tune might help but that is just a crutch
i believe those comments belong in the teaching and instruction section.
post #8 of 22
....in a taistickskiiing thread....
post #9 of 22
You might want to add the Dynastar Legend 8000 or 8800 to your list. I doubt you'll be unhappy with any of the boards mentioned in your list, though.
post #10 of 22
BTW I think the metron 10 is a snappier more versatile ski although the B5 is a solid plow through anything kind of performer.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the feedback ...

I'll just have to try on a few for size when I get there and see which suits my style best
Cheers
post #12 of 22
With the Metons, you can go short. At 170cm yourself and 70kg, you may even enjoy the 154.

I'd encourage you to try the Top Fuels, too, although you'll ski them longer than the Metrons.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks ssh ... would you suggest the nordicas in 160cm or 170cm?
post #14 of 22
mlls, I will let Rusty or highplainsdrifter or one of the other Nordica reps answer that. In this thread, bong describes his ride on the 170s, and he's 184lbs. I'd expect that, given your weight (which I make out at 30lbs lighter), you could go shorter. I'm just unclear if 162cm would be too short for you.
post #15 of 22
I live in Calgary and ski the Banff/interior BC areas. I use the Dynastar Legend 8800 as my every day ski. 89mm underfoot, I wouldn't go with anything thinner except on bulletproof days or for jumping in the park. Extra width underfoot makes a huge difference in powder/variable snow/spring conditions
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by gramboh
I live in Calgary and ski the Banff/interior BC areas. I use the Dynastar Legend 8800 as my every day ski. 89mm underfoot, I wouldn't go with anything thinner except on bulletproof days or for jumping in the park. Extra width underfoot makes a huge difference in powder/variable snow/spring conditions
I agree, I can't imagine going any less than 85 in the waist. The 8800 is a great ski.

And about your skid the tails in the tight steeps comment, how many people do you know who can make perfect carves down a tight chute with no skidding? Hop turns are just controlled skids.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi G / ZZZ,


85 at the waist ... even for carving frontside?
post #18 of 22
I envy you. My advice, whichever ski you decide on. At Sunshine---look up a mountain guide named PIKE. 45ish. Knows all the great spots. He is free for the day/week whatever you want. Sunshine has free mountain tours etc. Please tip him as he will deliver his best stuff to you. Which you can then enjoy.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by GregGaspar
look up a mountain guide named PIKE. Please tip him as he will deliver his best stuff to you. Which you can then enjoy.
Oh My!
post #20 of 22
cosidering SSV is pretty much a big toilet bowl(that is not a slag), your tip is better spent in the cafeteria, then explore the mountain by yourself
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlls
Hi G / ZZZ,


85 at the waist ... even for carving frontside?
Abso-freakin-lutly.

If your focus is going to be off-trail skiing then you'll be much happier skiing groomed on 90mm waists than you would be skiing pow/crud on 75mm waists. I ski chiefs (99mm) almost exclusively and I can carve the groomers on them.
post #22 of 22
PIKE = GUIDE??????

dont think so

should have some good stories for you, some might even be true
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