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Advice on First Skis

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I've now skied enough to decide I'm going to stick with it and want to buy skis. My primary motivation in buying skis is simply avoiding the hassle and delay of renting. I've been browsing the threads in here for a couple of weeks and find them of great use. Any help with narrowing my choices would be greatly appreciated.

Here is some info which about me and my skiing to date.
  • I'm 32, male, 5' 9" and overweight at 200 lbs
  • I've skied a total of 7 days at Winter Park, Copper Mountain, and Ski Cooper. I've been up 4 times in the past 2 weeks and plan to ski 20 days or so this year. I plan to continue skiing WP and Copper as well as trying several of the other Colorado ski areas. I'm just now getting comfortable on long green runs and hope to progress to easier groomed blues in the near future.
  • I'd say I tend to be a "non-agressive" person and don't see myself wanting to ski advanced terrain in the near future or possibly ever. If my desires change as my skiing progresses, I'm more than willing to buy new skis.
  • I've been renting a K2 Omni "Sport" ski in a 153, though I did move to the same ski in a 160 yesterday. I didin't feel as in control of the slightly longer ski, but was handling it fine by the end of the day. I've also rented a Salomon Verse 500 which I didn't like as well as the K2.
  • As I was unable to find a rental boot that fit my very wide foot, I purchased boots last year; Tecnica Rival RX HVL.
My primary goal is to find a ski that will work through my learning process and get me to the point of carving nice turns. If I "outgrow" the skis quickly, I'd consider it a good learning experience and buy a higher end ski. I've found that the ski shops I've visited around Denver have tended to push me towards the more advanced skis. I'm not so much concerned about the cost as I am of getting a ski that's "too much ski for me." The skis which have been recommended to me so far are:
  • K2 Omni 5.5
  • K2 Apache X
  • Volkl 4 Star
  • Volkl 724 EXP
  • Atomic SX7
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 5
Hi N...,

That's a great list. It should take you two years of 20 days/year skiing to totally out-grow these. I would add the 2006 Rossignol B2 & Head Monster 72; these are usable by intermediates, but you would never outgrow the ski.

Buy a longer ski than 160cm. I'm 210 Lbs and use a 175 & 182cm ski, but I could go down to 170 without going undersize.

Consider attending a demo day at Winter Park. You can try several of these in different sizes. Contact them at 800.979.0328 and ask about ski demo, include the models you are interested in.


post #3 of 5

I came very close to buying the K2 Omni 5.5's, but ended up with Atomic Metrons, mostly because I've been skiing a lot longer than you have. But I think you absolutely can't go wrong with the K2s. Here's a review of them I found:

Our opinion of the K2 Skis Omni 5.5

A capable performer for its category, the hardest skis to write about are those that perform skiing duties similar to how a Ford Mondeo provides transport, they do but it's more a question of A to B with very little fuss and involvement. This is what you need though if you're relatively new to the sport or you just don't want something too demanding. They are quite stable and are good for notching up motorway mileage, there are no nasty surprises of the ski catching when you're daydreaming or a little too hung-over. All in all a good package for sporty intermediates, strong red run skiers would be better going for one of the Moto models to get them a little more fired up.

And then there's this from Ski Magazine:

Skis like the 5.5 send a message to all manufacturers: Great skis needn't cost more than a season pass. The 5.5, one of the test's best values, skis above its class and would even make a suitable companion for the value-minded All-Mountain Cruiser. But it still possesses the traits that will aid Aspiring Experts: surefooted ease and a willingness to work with flawed technique. Mod Technology works especially well here. Its secondary wood core, riding atop the torsion-box encased primary core, dampens the ride nicely without the weight of metal. The 5.5 prefers medium-radius turns on groomers, but works well in other applications. Even bumps. It'll give the Aspiring Expert confidence, says Hogen
post #4 of 5
New, I would have to agree with barrettscv with the Rossignol B2. Its a great ski to advance on. Its a real solid ski that you can trust in and learn with. I personally would stay away from K2's while learning, I find there ski's to not have as much ability growth in them if compared to other companys. I hope this helps!
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the suggestions. I have not looked at the Rossingol B2, but I know that I can demo it either on the mountain or even from a rental shop that's just around the corner from the house.

Thank You.
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