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what skis should i .. any suggestions?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
HI,
I'm am an intermediate skier, i wanted to know what kind of skis are good for intermediates..
Here is some things i can do on my skis. ( i got rentals from the skismith - dynastar 150's )

i am able to link turns
i am using my edges
my instructors i had have been practicing pole planting/touches with me
my instructor took me into moguls - mad river mountain ohio - not really big
making parallel turns
i know how to do a hocky stop
if you need any more on how i ski just ask
I am 5' 7"
125 pounds
and i am 13
i am currently in 150 skis, dyna star.. and i was wondering what skis are good for me in the things i am doing. suggestions?
Thanks,
Chris
P.S - as i said if you need any more info just tell me and i will answer your questions.
post #2 of 16
I would personally go for the Rossignol Bandit B3s. They say they're for expert skiers, but I think that for anintermediate level skier, they would do well because they grab the mountain well, and have a better turning radius (the mid-section is 83 mm), which allows for more controlled turning at most speeds. I learned to ski on an earlier model of these skis and they were quite enjoyable.

I would go for the 160 cm's. They will help you improve your turning at higher speeds because the extra length will give you just a bit more speed.
post #3 of 16
Fischer RX6
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by fischermh View Post
Fischer RX6
Ditto
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I looked at the fischer RX6 and the Rossignol bandit B3's and i liked them..
Why do they have " RX6 " or "B3"'s, is it just for name or does it mean something..
post #6 of 16
Ya.... RX6 means their their 6th model of RXs (although there are not necessarily all 1-5 before them), and the B3s mean their 3rd model of Bandits (a series 1-3 plus squad)
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Because i am 5' 7" , and i am still going to grow should i wait to buy skis and just rent?
i rent from the skismith, and they fitted my boots, poles and skis...
post #8 of 16
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I would personally go for the Rossignol Bandit B3s.
Bandit B3s??? I've never skied at Mad River Mountain in Ohio, but I'm guessing they don't get a whole lot of powder days there. The effort required to get an 80+mm ski on an effective edge angle requires a whole lot more skill then I think skier101 (or any self-described intermediate) possesses.

I'd much rather see intermediate skiers on a short-turning narrow-waisted ski. They'll learn high-performance turns on hardpack a lot quicker.
post #9 of 16
It depends how serious you are about skiing, skier101... If you plan on skiing more often, and maybe travelling more, than I would buy a ski that works for you now, and going for bigger ones when you get bigger/better. you wont enjoy them as much, and they wont perform as well, if you buy for down the road. Kevin is right though, dont go for the bandits unless you plan on travelling a bit
post #10 of 16
Yeah.. my 80mm underfoot Salomons are harder to get on edge, and don't have quite the edge-hold...

My Escapes are close to perfect for the East... around 70mm underfoot, My Escapes brought me from a skidder to a carver very quickly... I doubt my Salomons would have done that.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
It depends how serious you are about skiing, skier101... If you plan on skiing more often, and maybe travelling more, than I would buy a ski that works for you now, and going for bigger ones when you get bigger/better. you wont enjoy them as much, and they wont perform as well, if you buy for down the road. Kevin is right though, dont go for the bandits unless you plan on travelling a bit

I dont think i will be traveling for a long time . I'll look at the Fischer ( well i already looked at some of them on the internet ) some more and stuff. I ski every weekend, but i dont think i would be going somewhere for a long time. So i am serious about it, though its that i cant go to a bigger resort now..
post #12 of 16

101

I hope I can be of help here. I live in Columbus and ski Mad River often.

You sound like you are now where I was about 3-4 years ago experience-wise. I too am shopping and have come to learn several things in my recent quest.

I recently went to Aspen Ski & Board's demo days two weeks ago. It was the biggest eye opening experience of my life. I demo'd Atomic, Rossignol, Fischer, Salomon and Elan.

Here are my suggestions for you based upon my experience and your write up:
  • You will probably benefit from buying what would seem to be a little over your head. All the shops had me placed in intermediate skis, which seemed correct to me. However, when I demo'd "advanced" skis I was shocked at how well I skied them and the fact that they weren't over my head. They actually allowed me to do things I didn't realize I could do because of the limitations of the skis I currently had
  • For example, two of the local shops suggested the Fischer Sport Carve CTX line, a very solid intermediate ski. I liked it --- until I strapped on a Fischer AMC 76 ("officially" considered more advanced). It was like there was someone else in my body on the AMC 76's. Wow!
  • I really liked the Atomic Metrons (also "officially" considered a more advanced ski).
  • I thought my mind was made up until the guy said to try just one last pair for kicks, a pair of Salomon X Wing Tornado's. These stepped it up even further than the Fischer AMC 76's, and seemed even easier to turn and control. I think either will be great for me personally.
  • So, for the conditions around here, where you say you are and my own recent experience, here are my suggestions (in no order)
    • Fischer RX 6. This is not too much ski at all for you and you will love the edge hold on ice and crud here in Ohio. I personally think you should also take a look at the RX 8 as well. These are really great skis.
    • The Salomon X Wing 6 or 8. Extremely easy to ski and will take you also to the next level
    • K2 Apache Stryker, Crossfire and maybe the 4 COM
Best of luck, and GO BUCKS!
post #13 of 16
B2 or B1 would be better for Mad River than B3. B3 would be ok if you also go out west and ski in softer conditions, although B2 would be better for this. I was happy with an older Fischer model (Sceneo) so the RX's areprobably OK. Personally, if I was 13 again, I would get a twin tip like the dynastar trouble maker or one of the rossi scatch or salomon 1080 series. But that's just me.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PJS View Post
I hope I can be of help here. I live in Columbus and ski Mad River often.

You sound like you are now where I was about 3-4 years ago experience-wise. I too am shopping and have come to learn several things in my recent quest.

I recently went to Aspen Ski & Board's demo days two weeks ago. It was the biggest eye opening experience of my life. I demo'd Atomic, Rossignol, Fischer, Salomon and Elan.

Here are my suggestions for you based upon my experience and your write up:
  • You will probably benefit from buying what would seem to be a little over your head. All the shops had me placed in intermediate skis, which seemed correct to me. However, when I demo'd "advanced" skis I was shocked at how well I skied them and the fact that they weren't over my head. They actually allowed me to do things I didn't realize I could do because of the limitations of the skis I currently had
  • For example, two of the local shops suggested the Fischer Sport Carve CTX line, a very solid intermediate ski. I liked it --- until I strapped on a Fischer AMC 76 ("officially" considered more advanced). It was like there was someone else in my body on the AMC 76's. Wow!
  • I really liked the Atomic Metrons (also "officially" considered a more advanced ski).
  • I thought my mind was made up until the guy said to try just one last pair for kicks, a pair of Salomon X Wing Tornado's. These stepped it up even further than the Fischer AMC 76's, and seemed even easier to turn and control. I think either will be great for me personally.
  • So, for the conditions around here, where you say you are and my own recent experience, here are my suggestions (in no order)
    • Fischer RX 6. This is not too much ski at all for you and you will love the edge hold on ice and crud here in Ohio. I personally think you should also take a look at the RX 8 as well. These are really great skis.
    • The Salomon X Wing 6 or 8. Extremely easy to ski and will take you also to the next level
    • K2 Apache Stryker, Crossfire and maybe the 4 COM
Best of luck, and GO BUCKS!

Yeah, i like the Fischer RX6, BUT i looked on ebay and they are like $300 :
SO i dont know yet and well i got all summer.. so i think i am getting my own skis next year. probably 160's - when i went to the skismith they put me in 150's since i was a beginner then and they said i should be in 160's so ill prob get the 160's...
But still it's a matter of money too.
Do you think 160's should keep with me for a while?
post #15 of 16
Yes, I do think the 160's will be fine for you for QUITE some time, depending upon the ski itself. By that I mean if you get a ski that doesn't challenge you a fair amount now, you will grow out of it pretty fast if you continue to ski regularly and progress. In doing so it might be hard to determine if you were outgrowing the ski or the length.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks, i think i will get the 160's when i get my skis. I go every saturday ( my season is december - march ), and they should keep with me for a while.
Chris
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