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I'm an aging mogul skier who has been slow in moving to the shaped skis. I find that I can only ski bumps hard for a few hours a session now and I am looking for a ski that does well in a mogul line and allows for fun carving at high speeds on the groomed stuff. I demoed a few skis last year and really liked the Atomic Beta Ride 1120. Any comments on this ski? Any suggestions on length? I demoed the 170 and really liked it even though I normally ski on 205's in straight skis. Any other skis that I should consider? Any ideas on where to purchase new skis at a decent price? Thanks.
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There are so many really good skis out there now, A little more info on yourself might be helpful. But in any case here are a few of my picks for good in bumps and just all out fun rides. The K2 axis x. It has a nice flex and works well in bumps and crud as well as groomers. I have been onthe modx now called the axis x for two seasons and really like them a lot. Atomic 10:20 softer flex then the 11:20 so it may be better in bumps. One of Atomics best all mountain skis is the 922,now called the R9 The 922 is an under rated ski.It's foot print is wider then the 11:20 and 10:20. If you just looking for bumps and groomers then maybe a shorty slalom ski would be a better choice? Like the K2 mach S It has a new name this season I think it is called the Axis XR now? There are also some really fun looking rides such as The Salomon Crossmax 10. Ok I know this has only confused you more. Like I said there are just to many really good fun rides out there now. Check out Peter Keelty's reviews. He may have the most trustworthy reviews out there.
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The K2 AxisX (ModX) is great if you ski in the west. If you ski in the east, the 10.20 might be a better choice.

You might want to consider some of the recreational slaloms in a 170 or 175. I would suggest trying the Fischer Race SC - it is softer than many other rec slaloms (so better for the bumps), and yet a very powerful ski.
Peter Keelty writes: "Recreational fall line ski, capable of big arcs. Powerful and quick, great hold, forgiving. OK with traditional technique. Good rebound energy."
Skiing wrote: "A flat-out carving machine able to take the occasional walk on the wild side in bumps and crud. A short ski with a big attitude."
Ski Mag wrote: "Comments: Like speed? Like power? Like arcs? You have two choices-go to a jai alai tournament or buy the Fischer Race SC. This is a heavy-duty power ski, said Currier. It loves speed. Get it out from under you with a quick move, and let it rip. For the skier addicted to the big, sweeping turn, this Air Carbon-infused sled is both lively and damp. It earned a top-four finish in Rebound Energy and nearly universal raves for its crispness from arc to arc. Best when you ski it aggressively in medium turns, said Forland. And while Kristi Brown had the same response as most testers-Don't get in the back seat on this one-she also found the Race SC to be all business for the strong, arc-happy expert. The 15-mm Racecarve Booster plate offers added leverage but also flexes freely, allowing for what Morgan calls a solid, confidence-building platform.

Happy shopping - it sure does help pass the time till the snow starts flying.
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I'm quite a traditionalist also. I converted fully to shaped skis last year, but I've owned and skied various pairs of them since '96. I freeskied on 203cm Elan R5c slalom skis up to last year.

I went with the 195 cm X-scream series last year. I demoed about 8 pairs of skis before picking them. The 180 cm 11.20 was my second choice.

I like the long X-screams because their physical format is right between a traditional ski and a modern shaped ski. They are comfortably long, they have a modest 68mm waist and 22m radius sidecut, and have a moderate flex with a traditional flex pattern (stiff tail). The feel is "salomon high performace", modest dampness, good snap. Not as racy feeling as the 11.20 though. This makes for a very, very versitile ski, and one that you can 'work' as opposed to 'ride', but still have all the beinifits of modern sidecut and width.

They also take a normal binding - no funky plates, no extra weight, no funky feel.

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