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All-mountain skis for an ex-racer

post #1 of 18
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I'm helping my sister pick out a new pair of skis. Her background is racing (raced junior, graduated CVA, raced in college, coached high school). However now she's a Ph.D candidate who only gets to ski once or twice a year, basically when she flies out west to see me.

She's 5'2 and weighs 110. Her skiing style is somewhat typical of the late-90s, pre-parabolic racer. There's a lot of finesse in her style but generates a ton of speed on the groomers. Her style is definitely old-school but when you only ski 5 days a year and those days are at Snowbird or Sun Valley, you stick with what works and maximize the fun.

Right now she skis everything on her stiff Dynastar race stock GS skis (circa 2001) , size 163 or so. These things are REALLY holding her back when she skis out here, because the powder and trees and crud are just a nightmare on race skis. She's asked me to help find her something wider and softer so she can get a fuller experience when she skis with me out here. At the same time, however, her heart is in the gates, so I don't want to put her on something too soft, because she loves to extend and lay down massive carves on the groomers.

I've heard the Atomic Metron may work well.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 18
Fischer RX9, racy but still playful. May not be wide enough to float like a true pow ski, but fun, fun ski.
Volkl 5 Star, less racy but great all mtn ripper.
If she used to race she will be looking for the horsepower in a ski. I would steer her towards something race inspired like above.
Best of luck.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by bjtuna
I've heard the Atomic Metron may work well.

Thanks in advance!
Hmmm....Metrons...Metrons...I think there are some people here on them, try a "search".
post #4 of 18
Metrons are nice if you want a bit of width underfoot. Otherwise, the Atomic SX-11 and SX-B5 are great options in the "almost a race ski but more fun all over" category.

But Metrons are also fun, that's for sure.
post #5 of 18
Is she single and where is she located?
post #6 of 18
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Is she single and where is she located?
Haha! No, she's not single. Sorry
post #7 of 18
The 168mm Elan M666 fits the bill. Laminate construction, not overly stiff, great float and great on the groomed. The Metron is too much of a modern hypercarver and not well suited to old school technique.

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #8 of 18
Nordica Top Fuel. Awesome ski. Maybe a little stiff. You could always drop down to the Eliminator or Modified. Great float, carves like a GS ski.
post #9 of 18
The answer is so obviously the volkl ac4 unlimited.

A nice brother would buy her and pair and watch her enjoy everything from chest deep (in which case who cares what kind of ski you are on) to glare ice.

Unless it is the Fischer amc 76 (but I haven't tried that one)...

bfg
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by barrettscv
The 168mm Elan M666 fits the bill. Laminate construction, not overly stiff, great float and great on the groomed. The Metron is too much of a modern hypercarver and not well suited to old school technique.

Cheers,

Barrettscv
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Originally Posted by bfg
The answer is so obviously the volkl ac4 unlimited.

A nice brother would buy her and pair and watch her enjoy everything from chest deep (in which case who cares what kind of ski you are on) to glare ice.

...

bfg
I agree with both of these recommendations. But I'm not an ex-racer.
post #11 of 18
How about a 165 M-Ex? should suit her style welll.
post #12 of 18
An older pair of Stockli DP's or for around $300 at end of year, some Stockli XL's.
post #13 of 18
Anything laminate construction, vertical sidewalls, at least 85mm underfoot, 18-22M radius. Maybe Head iM88? Volkl Explosiv? Don't settle for something thinner/racier, get her on big mountain boards, her aggressive style will translate into a lot of confidence and she will be ripping like never before. On groomed performance will still be good enough.
post #14 of 18
At least 85 mm underfoot? I would think moving from race skiis she would be sure to get something LESS than 85 mm - but I guess that is why they make so many different types of skis. We all have our preferences.

You still want something you can get from edge to edge reasonably quick and something which is stiff enough to carve up the ice on the last run down.

In all seriousness, after much research, there really are only a few skis that an ex racer will be happy on. Likewise, there are few fat skiis which are true enough carvers to arch aggressive turns on the ice while still
floating in the powder. The volkl ac4 fits the bill - demo it today.

bfg.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by bfg
At least 85 mm underfoot? I would think moving from race skiis she would be sure to get something LESS than 85 mm - but I guess that is why they make so many different types of skis. We all have our preferences.

You still want something you can get from edge to edge reasonably quick and something which is stiff enough to carve up the ice on the last run down.

In all seriousness, after much research, there really are only a few skis that an ex racer will be happy on. Likewise, there are few fat skiis which are true enough carvers to arch aggressive turns on the ice while still
floating in the powder. The volkl ac4 fits the bill - demo it today.

bfg.
obviously you haven't skied the iM88. you have surprises waiting for you on Head ski demo day.
post #16 of 18
My GF sounds almost exactly like your sister, except 2in taller and slightly heavier. Old-school style, ex-high school racer.

She loved the Nordica Olympia Victory and bought some when we were in Fernie over New Year's. Despite only 74mm underfoot, it still floated well with unbelievable carving skills.

I'm a big fan of the Hot Rod Nitrous, with 78mm underfoot. She might like those, too.
post #17 of 18
I think many of you missed the traditional style that she uses.

I agree with the laminate construction as a good alternative, and the Hot Rods have the old Kastle race ski feel (IMO). I would stay away from Metrons for her (even the M:ex), since they are not as suited to the soft edging style that she's likely got. I also think that she should try a K2 Burnin' Luv and Dynastar Exclusive Legend, both fantastic skis for high-level but lightweight female skiers.
post #18 of 18
BJTUNA:

Where is she visiting you? I agree with the fatter crowd, she already has GS skis if its hard. How fat depend on where she will be skiing most and if she wants to rip the powder or will she be on mostly packed slopes. Maybe a Fat Luv?
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