I just got back from Whistler (great snow!) where I began to narrow in on new ski selection. I am an advanced intermediate, 5' 11' and 170 lbs., basically living on black diamond runs, happy to ski in the bumps, glades, or fast on groomed runs too. If there's powder, great, but mostly I ski on groomed (soft snow, not ice) slopes because that's what's available. I have found skis like the Elan 10 (168 cm) and the Dynastar Contact 11 (172 cm) to be a bit too unyielding (they feel stiff and board-like), whereas I liked the Fischer AMC 73 (preferred the 170 cm length to the 176 cm length). Any suggestions as to what else I should consider? My upcoming list includes the Head IM 72 and the Salomon XWing Tornado and/or Blast. Since my skiing keeps improving, is there a way to bridge to a slightly more advanced ski like the AMC 76? Or will they feel more like the stiffer skis above?
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3/1/07 at 6:53am