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Feel the Need For a Second Ski - Which One?

post #1 of 6
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I need some expertise on poicking a new ski. I am a strong skier 48yo, 6'1", 178lbs with good technique that can ski almost any front side slope. I currently ski on Dynastar SkiCross 9's with 178cm length.

I am looking for a ski with the following characteristics:

-ski in east, about 70% frontside groomed and 30% frontside ungroomed steeps, crud, bumps, not mogul fields
-moderate bump and 2 to 5 inch powder versatility would be nice
-looking for higher performance window, but decent sweet spot
-69mm up to 76 mm waist but no bigger
-quick edge to edge performance on steeps, can handle 2-5 in powder
-carves well on varied terrain especially eastern hardpack and ice
-moderately lively not too damp
-good easy turn initiation and follow thru
-can handle quick s turns on steeps and fast gs turns on moderate slopes
-tend to ski moderate speeds, tight s arcs on bumped steeps & fast gs arcs on flatter expert level frontside slopes

I am not married to any brand and would like ski and length suggestions from fellow bears on any 06/07 or even 07/08 ski. I plan on demo'ing at least a few skis. Thanks Bears...
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by victory View Post
I need some expertise on poicking a new ski. I am a strong skier 48yo, 6'1", 178lbs with good technique that can ski almost any front side slope. I currently ski on Dynastar SkiCross 9's with 178cm length.

I am looking for a ski with the following characteristics:

-ski in east, about 70% frontside groomed and 30% frontside ungroomed steeps, crud, bumps, not mogul fields
-moderate bump and 2 to 5 inch powder versatility would be nice
-looking for higher performance window, but decent sweet spot
-69mm up to 76 mm waist but no bigger
-quick edge to edge performance on steeps, can handle 2-5 in powder
-carves well on varied terrain especially eastern hardpack and ice
-moderately lively not too damp
-good easy turn initiation and follow thru
-can handle quick s turns on steeps and fast gs turns on moderate slopes
-tend to ski moderate speeds, tight s arcs on bumped steeps & fast gs arcs on flatter expert level frontside slopes

I am not married to any brand and would like ski and length suggestions from fellow bears on any 06/07 or even 07/08 ski. I plan on demo'ing at least a few skis. Thanks Bears...
"69mm up to 76mm waist but no bigger"

I was getting ready to say you had an unlimited number of great choices, until I got to the "no bigger" part. There are a ton of 76mm-84mm waisted skis, that would compliment your SC 9 perfectly in the terrain you describe. Given your guidelines, here are some of the better choices, imo:

Nordica's Overdrive or Modified (74mm)
Volkl's AC 3 (76mm)
Fischer's AMC 76 (76mm)
post #3 of 6
Yeah, how about up to 79mm? It would open up a lot more skis that do what you describe. 4mm really isn’t much... because the dynastar legend 8000 is everything you seem to be looking for.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice..I will look into the AC3 and Nordica skis. How about the Elan Magfire 10 or 12?
post #5 of 6
Given your terrain percentages etc. the ski you have will do a pretty good job of all the things you mention. However, since you are looking for a little higher performance ride it is probably useful to consider the width range first and what width will and won't do for you.

Groomers.........Wider is slower edge to edge and less nimble.
Bumps.............See above
Quick Turns......See above
GS Turns..........See above....but really a minor factor.
Grip................ Width is irrelevant.
Powder............Wider is better (but for 2-5 inches of snow, it hardly matters)

I skied yesterday with two of my employees and a batch of skis (training day......... ) We were on firm chalky manmade with scratchy spots and patches of soft gun snow to ski through. We also had very firm bumps on the edges of the groomers and hard rough stuff out in the trees. We had skis from 72mm up to 88 mm and the narrower skis were by far everybody's favorites.

The two stars of the day were the Nordica Modified (74mm) and the Dynastar Contact 11 (72mm). These are skis that I ski on often and they never fail to impress even up into the range of 6-8" of soft stuff. The Volkl AC-3 is also a very fine ski but it is a bit stiff to be forgiving in bumps (at least relative to the other two)

There are lots of threads on both skis and they generally get raves. I am 5-10 188# and generally prefer long(ish) skis for the West. For the East however, I'd be thinking 170-172. Those are the sizes I was on yesterday and they were great. No need for any longer.

SJ
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Originally Posted by victory View Post
Thanks for the advice..I will look into the AC3 and Nordica skis. How about the Elan Magfire 10 or 12?
Definitely check out the Mag 12 (or M666). This is one of my all time favorite skis that does everything well. In my opinion you lose that level of versatility when you go above a 76-77mm waist (certainly above 80mm).
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