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What type of Rossi ski for overall performance?

post #1 of 19
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I'm looking to buy some new Rossignol Skis from a local ski shop who is offering some decent deals right now. I'm 6'2" and 195lbs. I want an overall good ski. From hard ice to fresh powder. What models do you guys suggest?
post #2 of 19
you'd need to tell us a bit more. what kind of turns do you like to make? where do you spend your time, what split of terrain types? what's your background in skiing? in other sports? how physically fit are you? how quickly do you tend to progress in sports?

the Rossi web site has a product selector, doesn't it?
post #3 of 19
Probably their Z9, but I haven't skied it. The old 9S oversize was pretty good for quick turns on groomed so long as you didn't want to go too fast (ie over GS speeds).
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
I checked out their site but I don't know what the terminology means...I'm new to the non-motorized wintersports scene. Judging by the description, this seems to be close to what I want: http://www.rossignol.com/index.php?&_lang=US&class=Products&function=detail &moid=136&first=0&oidit=T005:3qvz8461ccelx3z05j4s5 y4sa&categ=T001:ea0b99bdab9582918af5a08e3b986a2a&m atos=T002:6134c8b22a7ec8953814026bef1af44a&univers =T007:Bb514a8e52795d222762776cd6e7c8fcd&family=T00 8:d72d1d9de77eebfd32fda4ae5f5417df&sex=T009:bed14d dcf5a27e8568cf42426a675166&oidProd=T010:f76119e6f8 7e00f509c204c945c183a9&template=produit_detail.htm l
ZENITH Z9 OVERSIZE TPI

To answer your questions:

I don't know what you mean by "type of turns." For now I like cutting back and forth to check speed and enjoy more of the hill and scenery.

Again, I don't know what you're referring to by "split terrain types." I will say I like some nice slow hills but also like to test the steep ones as well. As for snow conditions...that will vary with the weather from icy to feet of fresh powder.

I used to ski in 6th grade. Then I went a few times this year (at age 20) and have been holding my own against my buds who have skied for years (if I do say so myself ).

I guess you're sort of asking me to toot my own horn here but I'm not concerned about the athletic aspect of skiing. I play lots of basketball (and other sports) and work out for about 2hrs per day.

In general, I'm looking for a good ski that will keep me happy for as long as possible. I want something to grow into that will best fit all types of terrain.
post #5 of 19

Rossis

The Z9's are great. Their best recreational ski I think. Skied em several times this year.
post #6 of 19
If you're not sure of which model you want, why are you so sure of which brand you want?
post #7 of 19

VS is nice too

I demoed both the Z9s and the VS oversize (similar to their 9S oversize from previous years - in the race category on their website). I prefer the Z9s because of their high speed and longer radius turns, but the VS was nice with tighter turns. On a crowded east coast groomer the VS would be better.
post #8 of 19
get the scratchs. twintips are cool now.
if you want to be a nerd go for the bandits.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by winter_rules
I will say I like some nice slow hills but also like to test the steep ones as well. As for snow conditions...that will vary with the weather from icy to feet of fresh powder.

I used to ski in 6th grade. Then I went a few times this year (at age 20) and have been holding my own against my buds who have skied for years (if I do say so myself ).

I guess you're sort of asking me to toot my own horn here but I'm not concerned about the athletic aspect of skiing. I play lots of basketball (and other sports) and work out for about 2hrs per day.

In general, I'm looking for a good ski that will keep me happy for as long as possible. I want something to grow into that will best fit all types of terrain.
How about giving us an idea of where you live... And what do we care about your tooting of your horn? I can't imagine you are ripping the mountain up, then dropping a triple double in the afternoon on your boys! LOL I had to say that! Seriously though, it's easy to say "ice to feet of powder" and "nice slow hills to testing steep ones"... give us a better understanding of what you really want! Do you want to rock the mountain and add this to your "athletic prowess" or are you just out there bc your boys ski too? You sound like you care, that's good... hopefully some of us can help u out! Give us more info!
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by vlad
If you're not sure of which model you want, why are you so sure of which brand you want?
I'd like to buy from a local place and there's only one that I know of...he sells Rossignol. It's been around for quite a while and I'd like to support him. I know they're a decent brand so I'm sure I won't be disappointed with them.
post #11 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Reddgabe
How about giving us an idea of where you live... And what do we care about your tooting of your horn? I can't imagine you are ripping the mountain up, then dropping a triple double in the afternoon on your boys! LOL I had to say that! Seriously though, it's easy to say "ice to feet of powder" and "nice slow hills to testing steep ones"... give us a better understanding of what you really want! Do you want to rock the mountain and add this to your "athletic prowess" or are you just out there bc your boys ski too? You sound like you care, that's good... hopefully some of us can help u out! Give us more info!
I'll settle for a double double...blocks and boards.

I feel like Adam Sandler when Jack Nicholson is asking "Who are you?" in the movie Anger Management. I'm out there because I love winter weather and snow and cold, yada yada yada. I never plan to go bombing down as fast as I can...just taking it cool and enjoying the outdoors and all that. If there's fresh snow to be had anywhere, that's where I'll be. I'm looking for recreational skiing to get out of the dorm and enjoy what winter has to offer. With that said, I'd like to be able to push it a little if I ever decide that I want to, but that's a somewhat lower priority.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
The place I'm referring to is having a sale right now. Everything (Skis, bindings, boots, poles) for $425. It's on these skis: http://www.rossignol.com/index.php?&_lang=US&class=Products&function=detail &moid=136&oidit=T005:3qvz8461ccelx3z05j4s5y4sa&cat eg=T001:ea0b99bdab9582918af5a08e3b986a2a&matos=T00 2:6134c8b22a7ec8953814026bef1af44a&univers=T007:Bb 514a8e52795d222762776cd6e7c8fcd&family=T008:12e1d5 bd02f7a5c47ef5848e5d75a69f&sex=T009:bed14ddcf5a27e 8568cf42426a675166&oidProd=T010:c31a50d974f882d93d 3b81c58bcb9b5f&template=produit_detail.html

What are your thought on these skis? They also have the ZENITH Z1 TPI in stock and he wants $500, with bindings. I really don't want to spend that much, considering I'd still have to buy boots. How do these prices sound?
post #13 of 19
I think you could on better on ebay, but I understand you want to give the business to your local shop. In this case unless he has an unbelievale deal on the z9 it will probably be more than you are willing to spend. I think they retail for around 700-800. I don't know much about that ski that you had the link to in your previous post. It doesn't have as much sidecut as the z9 though.
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
How would sidecut affect the feel?
post #15 of 19
If im not mistaken the more sidecut to a ski the better it is in all conditions. For example:

122-76-112 would be more adept in variable conditions than
116-68-99


these are just examples.
post #16 of 19
Actually too much sidecut is not so good in powder but the OP doesn't sound like a powderhound. If you want to make short radius turns, then side cut is great. If you want a little bit of long turn and short turn then go with a Bandit series. They are more versatile, say a B2 but then you might be ridiculed for being a ski nerd for being seen on them and might want to consider your spray paint color of choice.
post #17 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by winter_rules
They also have the ZENITH Z1 TPI in stock and he wants $500, with bindings. I really don't want to spend that much, considering I'd still have to buy boots. How do these prices sound?
I would concentrate on buying boots first and then go from there. Everyone here will agree that good fitting boots are the single most important piece of ski equipment.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by ski_steep
I would concentrate on buying boots first and then go from there. Everyone here will agree that good fitting boots are the single most important piece of ski equipment.
very true. A good boot fit can really influence your skiing.
post #19 of 19
Hmm, I can't believe people are recommending the Z9 to someone who doesn't know what "turn shape is" and who used to ski in 6th grade... A nice little look at the FAQ would help you choose a ski that will be:
1) More suitable to where you are now
2) Your wallet, probably

There's a reason manufacturers are putting out skis for beginner/intermediate types.
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