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Help for reborn skier

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Okay, I've just turned old and I'm getting back into skiing. I'm 6' 200lbs and was an advanced skier 25 years ago. Recently went up, rented and although encouraged by what I'd retained, became eager to again own my own equipment and make an honest go of it.

When in my youth I knew nothing of carving or, for that matter, turning. Roc550s were underfoot because they were stable at speed. I had better knees and carried about 65 less lbs.

Reality: I don't want to blow the bank account ('cause I have 4 to equip now) and I'm searching craigslist and ebay for decent used skis. In my second skiing life, I will attempt carving since it looks so pretty and is likely to help preserve what's left of my knees -- but probably also get a bit aggressive, not likely in the bumps though. I will be spending 100% on-piste in the NW, so crud and ice are more likely than fresh powder.

So that brings me to the help part.

I'm seeing all sort of cheap possibilities in 3 to 4 year old skis. I'm looking at a nice pair of 2002 Bandit X's at 184 cm but, from what I'm reading in the forums here, that may be too much ski for me. If you were an advanced middle ager looking for a ski that can carve, is stable at speed, not too stiff and not too forgiving...what would you recommend?

Thanks much in advance,

jps
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Originally Posted by jps
Okay, I've just turned old and I'm getting back into skiing. I'm 6' 200lbs and was an advanced skier 25 years ago. Recently went up, rented and although encouraged by what I'd retained, became eager to again own my own equipment and make an honest go of it.

When in my youth I knew nothing of carving or, for that matter, turning. Roc550s were underfoot because they were stable at speed. I had better knees and carried about 65 less lbs.

Reality: I don't want to blow the bank account ('cause I have 4 to equip now) and I'm searching craigslist and ebay for decent used skis. In my second skiing life, I will attempt carving since it looks so pretty and is likely to help preserve what's left of my knees -- but probably also get a bit aggressive, not likely in the bumps though. I will be spending 100% on-piste in the NW, so crud and ice are more likely than fresh powder.

So that brings me to the help part.

I'm seeing all sort of cheap possibilities in 3 to 4 year old skis. I'm looking at a nice pair of 2002 Bandit X's at 184 cm but, from what I'm reading in the forums here, that may be too much ski for me. If you were an advanced middle ager looking for a ski that can carve, is stable at speed, not too stiff and not too forgiving...what would you recommend?

Thanks much in advance,

jps
I don't think it is too much ski, just too long of a ski. Get boots and demo some skis.Oh, and take leasons on the new technique. If you were skiing a Roc 550, back then, you were probably pretty good, but its time for an old dog new tricks.
post #3 of 5
No matter what the topic, if the post metions vintage skis, phil will be the first to reply.
post #4 of 5
Check out the reviews at realskiers.com; they're pretty good and they go back several years.
post #5 of 5
jps, Phil is (as usual) right on.
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