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I live in Cleveland area and demo days are coming to our "hill" on 1/6-8. Here are my FACTS
  • 6' 170# "raw" weight, 47 years "young" good athletic shape.
  • Ski ability- get ready- once in last 15 years! (kids, job, location, etc), lived in Portland OR prior and skied a fair amount,so I would say I was level 8, went once last year, now 6/7, but was doing much better by days end.
  • Best news- wealthy bro-in-law bought 800K ski-in-ski-out house in Breckenridge this summer. Going there in late Feb '06 with son for a week, and planning more for the future, no doubt yearly.
  • Want to buy skis and have read lots here, great info. So the Demo,Demo, Demo advise I am trying to heed. However, I am not sure I could tell the difference between a 2 x 4, M10 ,and Dynastar 4800 ski!!!!! What suggestions would anyone have, given small hill and mediocre form to allow me to make a good choice? Any techniques I should use on hill to differentiate skis that would help?
  • Also I have to learn to carve these new skis, again lots of info here I have been digilently trying to absorb. Going very slow and working on form seem great tips. Again, anything I could learn on a demo that would help me pick?
  • Skis that interest me: Atomic:M9, M10, Nordica:Nitrous, Dynastar 4800, 8000,Intuitive 74, Rossi B2, Volkl 724 pro.
  • Main usage of skis would be Breck first, Western NY 2nd, crappy OH for warm ups.
  • Any help would be appreciated.
post #2 of 5
Edit: Welcome to EpicSki, buz!

Stay away from the 724 Pro, given what you've said here. The others will all be great to try, and you'll see the differences, I'm sure.

For a demo, I try to ski the same circuit on each ski, finding as many conditions and terrain variances as I can. I try to ski the same shaped turns in the same way on each ski.

First, I work to find the balance point on the ski, usually by tipping the skis on flat terrain to see how they prefer to arc. Then, I take them into groomed, loose, bumps, and hardpack (in that order, ideally). I try to work them to extremes (very fast, very slow, lots of tipping, minimal tipping, lots of rotary, minimal rotary, way forward, way back, neutral) to get a feel for what they do well and what they do poorly.

This may take you two or three runs. Or more. I've pretty much got it down to a two-lift cycle for the early-season demos here in Colorado.

Here's the bottom line, though: if you get on a ski that puts a smile on your face that you can't seem to get off, buy those.
post #3 of 5
BTW, do you have modern boots of your own? If not, get them when you come out here. Have Jeff Bergeron in Breck recommend the right pair to buy and then set them up for you. It'll be easiest to use Jeff since you'll be in Breck.
post #4 of 5
Hi Buz,

Welcome to EpicSki!

I concur with ssh, the 724 Pro is definitely not a fit.

Sorry, I don't have experience with the others.

post #5 of 5
I would agree with all of the above. The 724 Pro is the wrong ski for you. The others are all very versatile and forgiving skis. I would just add that since the int74 has been discontinued, it is sometimes available at fantastic pricing. If you come across a great deal on this ski, it would be hard to go too far wrong. It is a great versatile ski (as are many of the others), but may be available for a song if you hit the right deal.
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