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I am building a demo list for new skis. I am an advanced intermediate; I like to ski black diamond runs and pick my way pretty carefully through double black runs. I ski at Alpental, Crystal and Whistler, almost always on the frontside, but often in new or chopped up snow. I wander into the bumps with my kids, and I have some ambition to keep improving there. I am 6'0", 170 lbs.

As I've built my list I've focused on skis with waists from 68 to 74 mm; I just don't think I need a bigger all mountain ski given how I ski.

On my list (would appreciate advice as to what seems inconsistent given ability or preferences and as to what else should be included):

Dynastar Contact 11
Nordica Speedmachine Mach III
Head IM 72
Fischer AMC 73

If I go in more of a carving direction, I might try the RX 8, Izor 9.7, or Apache Crossfire. I skied the Izor last year and it seemed a little stiff, so the RX 8 could be too much ski too?

All advice welcome!
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I am building a demo list for new skis. I am an advanced intermediate; I like to ski black diamond runs and pick my way pretty carefully through double black runs. I ski at Alpental, Crystal and Whistler, almost always on the frontside, but often in new or chopped up snow. I wander into the bumps with my kids, and I have some ambition to keep improving there. I am 6'0", 170 lbs.

As I've built my list I've focused on skis with waists from 68 to 74 mm; I just don't think I need a bigger all mountain ski given how I ski.

On my list (would appreciate advice as to what seems inconsistent given ability or preferences and as to what else should be included):

Dynastar Contact 11
Nordica Speedmachine Mach III
Head IM 72
Fischer AMC 73

If I go in more of a carving direction, I might try the RX 8, Izor 9.7, or Apache Crossfire. I skied the Izor last year and it seemed a little stiff, so the RX 8 could be too much ski too?

All advice welcome!
Hi JH

The RX8 is not a highly demanding ski for a user that usually carves his turns. The RX9 is a little more demanding to use (it likes speed) but should also be on your list. The Contact 11 should definitely be demoed and fits the requirements well.

Use the search function while visiting the consumer gear reviews, dozens of comments exist on most of these skis.
Cheers,

Michael
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Atomic Metron 9 or 10.

Maybe the Izor 7.5. Same dimensions but a bit softer.
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