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Moving to CO from the east, what ski to complement RX8?

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Thread Starter 
Hey guys, I haven't read much at all about gear through the summer and up to now. I'm a 5'9" 170# level 7/8 I guess. Uncle Louie, ssh, and a handful of others know my skiing and may be able to clear up what level my skiing is. I've been mostly an on-piste skier until just the last 2 years when I've made trips to the west and ventured off-piste. My RX8s are in a 165. Since I'm moving to CO in a couple of months I'd really like to get more and more off the groomed path and explore.

What would you guys suggest to compliment the RX8 carvers? What lengths should I be looking at given my size? I really like the RX8s and like to think that I ski them half decent, but with my very limited crud and deeper stuff time, I get beat up on them in those conditions. I don't mind at all getting something a season or two old or even second-hand. Thanks.

Mike
post #2 of 13
Those RX8's are nice on the groomers but once you get out here you'll probably start leaving them at home a lot. The snow is totally different here, much lighter, much drier. You'll find that many shops don't even carry any skis under 74mm in the waist these days except for intermediate skis. If you love those RX8's you might like the Fischer AMC 79. Also look into the Volkl AC4
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You might also consider the MOJO 90 in a 176cm. Its a great all-mountain & powder ski; its also affordable and well made.

Cheers,
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I'd look much wider than an "all mountain" ski like the AC4
Think around 90 in the waist and lengths close to 180 (+/-) a few centimeters won't make much of a difference.

If you wanted 1 ski for all, then a low 80's ski like the AC4 would be good, but you'll be able to ski a 90mm waisted ski daily in colorado (If you are off the groomed)
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Those IM88 Heads are very highly regarded. I would look at a 85 to 100 midpoint ski for an alternative to your RX8's . Get something fat that fits your newer surroundings. Those Bros fit the West like a nice fitting boot. They can turn , are light and wide enough for great float with playfulness.

Skip the midfats unless you just want a one quiver ski. Otherwise get something wider and versatile
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
Skip the midfats unless you just want a one quiver ski. Otherwise get something wider and versatile
Words of wisdom!

Cheers

Michael
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Thread Starter 
Cool, thanks guys. What skis in the 85-95cm range would you guys suggest besides the Mojo 90 and iM88? Ideally I'd like something that will also perform ok on the frontside and groomed snow so I could hit all of the mountain on a day if needed.
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Cool, thanks guys. What skis in the 85-95cm range would you guys suggest besides the Mojo 90 and iM88? Ideally I'd like something that will also perform ok on the frontside and groomed snow so I could hit all of the mountain on a day if needed.
I would consider the following models in the 170 to 182cm sizes;

Atomic Sugar Daddy & Snoop Daddy (go for the Snoop!)
Dynastar 8800
Rossignol Scratch BC

There are a many others out there, but these are some of the more friendly models for a 170 Lbs developing off-piste skills.

Cheers,

Michael
post #9 of 13
I've heard good things about the Dynastar Big Trouble. 92 mm waist, 176 would probably be right for you.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks Michael and Birdman. Anyone else?
post #11 of 13

Try the demo day...

Colorado Ski & Golf holds a big demo day at Loveland, usually in November, where you pay $25 to ski as many boards as you want and they give you a lunch voucher. Demoing a ski is the only way to find the right ski. It would be worth a call to find out when it is this year.

In Colorado you'll be fine with anything with a waist of at least 80-85mm...it's pretty rare that we get massive dumps of snow like Utah so you really don't need a superfat ski. You'll find that you'll be using your RX8s alot. You may want to try the Volkl Mantra...it carves well, it is relatively light and has more than enough float for CO (94mm).
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In the realm of jay_p's suggestion for demo day:
If you're going to be here anyway and happen to ski Copper, keep an eye out for their free demo tents. I think they are up on weekends. Last year they had some for-sale stock left over from their rental program at the base of Eagle, and another tent of new stuff at the top of Eagle by Solitude. The only provide demos for the lines they carry at the village shops, which are Solomon, K2, Rossi - maybe another I just don't remember. No Volkl or Nordica that's for sure. All you need is a driver's license to demo these, no fee. If anyone has an update or additional info about this program, please add more.
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Other suggestions

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=45437

Take a look at this thread. I asked a similar question, although I will be skiing more in the Sierras than the Rockies.
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