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post #1 of 9
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Hi all.

Could anyone please give their opinion on make, type & length of ski for my ability, preferred slopes, fitness (or lack of it!) & size/weight?

I am late 30 something with not the best fitness regime in the world (am just starting to do a little bit of "light" training after a good few years off! Excuse pretty sad - bringing a family up!, & havn't hit the slopes for quite some time, & would like your opinions on what would be the best ski manufacturer, model & size.

I was at one time a medium intermediate with a self confessed pretty average technique.

I am 6ft at just under 14st (196lbs), but hopefully about 13st (182lbs)next February!

Preferred runs are long blue/red on piste (groomed), & dislike bumps due to dodgy knees!

Have been looking on e-bay but too much choice & unsure that if I go for a higher performance ski, it would be much too difficult to handle & tire me out by the afternoon!

Apart from sending me to the knackers yard I would very much appreciate your comments.

Regards Scouse!

(Forgot to mention I havn't got the biggest budget in the world so was also looking at used skis)
post #2 of 9
So, we're looking for an on-piste ski that will be suitable for an intermediate at a moderate price. Man, where do we begin? First of all, you don't need very long ski. I'm thinking of something with enough shape to make turns and come up on edge, and in about a 170 cm length.

Be patient. I have it on good authority that a new sponsor is coming on board soon that will not only auction a brand new pair of skis, but will sell a number of used Rossignol B1s in different lengths. These were used as demo/rental skis at Vail, The Canyons and a number of other western ski areas. Here is a link to a post by Chris who we're working with to bring that deal. Maybe next week?
post #3 of 9
Welcome to Epic! For someone of your build and skill set, I'd scout around for a Nordica Hot Rod Modified or Mach 3. Smooth and damp for the knees, easy turning, good upside for learning to carve, you won't outgrow them for years, uniquely forgiving binding architecture. Get either in 170.

Not sure that a B1 or 2 will fit well with your size and icy location (assume GB), but the Rossi Z5 is also nice and damp, forgiving, better on hardpack than the Bandits and lighter feeling than the Nordicas; however, you might outgrow it in a year or two. The Z9 is also a possibility, but get it short for you, as in 170, since it's a bit demanding for a rusty intermediate. Like the Nordicas, you won't outgrow it anytime soon.

Finally, the Scott Patrol is very popular over in Europe, appears to be a very versatile intermediate-advanced ski that's well-built, smooth, tends to be cheap online where you can find it. Think of it as a better made B2. Hope this helps.
post #4 of 9
Hello Scouse,

As a follow up to Cirquerider's comments, Ski Butlers is working with EpicSki to begin selling a number of our demo skis from the last couple seasons.

We will be selling Volkl, Rossignol, and Atomics. At Ski Butlers, we certainly lean towards Rossignol because we believe they offer a nice variety of skis for all types of skiers.

Cirquerider mentioned the Rossignol B1 ski. We offer this ski at 2 levels, our intermediate and expert (High Performance and Elite Demo). This ski, used for either 1 or 2 years, sounds like a perfect fit for you. A great ski for cruising on groomers. We offer it in a 154, 160, 168 and a 178. 168 sounds like the right size for you. This ski mounted with Rossignol bindings will be selling for $200.

We will also be selling Rossignol B2s, B3s, B4s in addition to various Volkls and Atomics from the past few seasons.

Once we get the details worked out with EpicSki, we will be donating a pair of skis for auction and hopefully posting our skis for sale.

If anyone has any questions about our equipment, please feel free to email me at chris@skibutlers.com.
post #5 of 9
Guys, I don't think he's in Manchester, New Hampshire.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ref Help me!

Please help!
Hi all.

Could anyone please give their opinion on make, type & length of ski for my ability, preferred slopes, fitness (or lack of it!) & size/weight?

I am late 30 something with not the best fitness regime in the world (am just starting to do a little bit of "light" training after a good few years off! Excuse pretty sad - bringing a family up!, & havn't hit the slopes for quite some time, & would like your opinions on what would be the best ski manufacturer, model & size.

I was at one time a medium intermediate with a self confessed pretty average technique.

I am 6ft at just under 14st (196lbs), but hopefully about 13st (182lbs)next February!

Preferred runs are long blue/red on piste (groomed), & dislike bumps due to dodgy knees!

Have been looking on e-bay but too much choice & unsure that if I go for a higher performance ski, it would be much too difficult to handle & tire me out by the afternoon!

Apart from sending me to the knackers yard I would very much appreciate your comments.

Regards Scouse!

(Forgot to mention I havn't got the biggest budget in the world so was also looking at used skis)

Thanks guys, I appreciate all your comments so far & just to add I am in Liverpool, England and ski in Europe, usually within 2-3 hours drive of Geneva Airport as that is where all the cheap flights go to. Quite often the slopes can be very icy depending on the time of year. I learnt on ice & crud so am not too bothered on skiing it (apart from the last time when i cracked a rib on my first day )).)
post #7 of 9
Elan Magfire 10 is an option that you should put on your demo list.
Here's a thread on SnowHeads about some Great Deals on Elan Skis on your side of the Atlantic
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=27522
post #8 of 9
I had to look up the reference to Knacker's Yard.

Tricia's link to Snowheads is great. Shipping from here can be more expensive than the skis. That's a great group to get involved with and a number of them cross post on EpicSki as well. I also agree with the recommendation of the magfire 10, and would also add the magfire 12. That was posted in June and if it hasn't already expired for ski season, it will soon. Jump on it and let us know if you can still get in on those deals.

You should also focus on ski boots as being the most important acquisition. CEM (Colin Martin) is a very reputable boot fitter in England, and you couldn't do wrong consulting with him. He also posts on Snowheads.

CEM
Colin Martin, C.Ped
Solutions 4 Feet Ltd
Suite B, Gobles Court
7 Market Square
Bicester
Oxfordshire, OX26 6AA
England

+44 (0)1869 244424
clinic@solutions4feet.com
www.solutions4feet.com
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank You

:Just like to say a big thank you to all that gave me advice. It made me look at ALL the options available.

Due to the bargain price of under $100 (including matching poles & Volkl bag) I managed to bag myself on Ebay a pair of 2003/04 Rossi RPM 17 skis (107-70-97) that have only been used 4 times (4 weeks) and immaculate. They are 60/40 piste & aimed at intermediate level.
I am hopefully a bit more aware of the different characteristics that a ski can have.

Once again thanks & bring on the white stuff!!!

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