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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a buddy who wants a new pair of skis that is not interested in carving. He is 6'4, weighs 190 lbs and is an intermediate. He spends most of his skiing in the midwest on groomers, but is also going with me out to Utah in Feb. What suggestions to do you all have.

Thanks,
post #2 of 14
If he spends most of his time on groomers and is "not interested in carving" then what does he do for turns, skid? Any ski can do that. Don't waste money on good skis. It sounds like he needs some lessons first.
post #3 of 14
The ideal ski for him would be any ski from the mid 90s and older. Narrow, very little shape, easy to 'wiggle'. Ebay usually has them for about $15.
post #4 of 14
I agree with Mudfoot.

A good ski that will both carve and skid is a Dynastar Legend 8000. The Head MOJO 80 also comes to mind.

Cheers,

Michael
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Baukerman View Post
I have a buddy who wants a new pair of skis that is not interested in carving. He is 6'4, weighs 190 lbs and is an intermediate.
If your friend isn't 'interested in carving', he will likely always be an intermediate..... or a casuality.
post #6 of 14
How about a pair of the Rossi 4S from years ago? The green ones would be great
post #7 of 14
172 Atomic B5 if he wasnt interest before he will have no choice but to carve. That my smart ass answer to a very close minded question.

As other have said no reason to get anything nice if you arent carving old straight will work fine. Or maybe fat no sidecut skis. those are great at skidding every turn.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok. After reading some posts I called him up and told him that his dumb @$$ legs have to learn to do some carving. He agreed that he would learn if I take lessons with him. Whatever! Do I need to wipe his butt too. Since he is taking lessons and is willing to spend the money on some new pair of intermediate skis, what do you suggest. He told me that if he going to spend this kind of cash he wants on the best. I don't what the best is, just the brand names. Can anyone help.

Thanks,
post #9 of 14
Ok, for a hard snow MidWest/NE carver do it all to some degree, maybe a Fischer RX6/RX8 type of ski. Anything from the Atomic Metron line would also work.
post #10 of 14
Don't listen to any of these other hosers. Your friend needs to get a pair of Capital Skis G-Funkenstiens. These are the only skis that will work for him. They will also wipe his butt.
post #11 of 14
Hart Javelin. sweet retro skis, new for $100.

http://www.hartskis.com/us/ski/6/

"Total retro. This ski is built to the original Javelin specs, for the skier seeking the long-board experience. From the wood core inside to the traditional topper graphics this is perfect for the reminiscent Hart ski customer – who wants to enjoy the run, and still blow past more than a fair share."

It's OK to not care about carving. Edging skills are important for safety, but arcing is not necessary to have a good time skiing.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by goldsbar View Post
Ok, for a hard snow MidWest/NE carver do it all to some degree, maybe a Fischer RX6/RX8 type of ski. Anything from the Atomic Metron line would also work.
Second! Also, a Nordica Mach 3 (not Mach 3 Power) or a Nordica Gran Sport.
post #13 of 14
Transitioning from a steered/swiveled/heel pushed turn to a carve can be a startling experience. This is especially true for the skier who skis with his feet close together. In this case, I usually suggest a ski with a pretty moderate shape. They will carve just fine once the skills are there, but won't force the issue.

The Fischer RX4, RX6, from '05 are pretty straight among intermediate level skis. The Atomic Izor 9.7 comes to mind among advanced level skis. The Legend 8K is a good choice in a wider waist as is the Fischer AMC 79.

SJ
post #14 of 14
Fischer RX8 or Elan Magfire 8, and the Fischer's have more upside potential if your friend gets good. For powder, he'd be better off to rent. There's no point in him getting skis that are compromises for both powder and pack. Be sure he goes short enough on the skis, maybe 170.


Ken
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