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Nastar ski for intermediate (non-racer)

post #1 of 15
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Two seasons ago at Copper on a sunny January day my buddy and i discovered Nastar. I was on my Atomic 170-something SX:10's. They seemed to do ok. We both sucked, but we equally sucked and so the races were very competitive. We did Nastar about four days that year, and about five days last year. Our times were not great, but who cares, it was a nice change of pace.

My current skis are: Legend 4800's, Titan 7's and Metron M:EX's. I ski mostly blue groomers, blue trees and bumps. Last year I discovered that none of these skis are adept on the Nastar course. While I had a great time, i was wishing for something with a little more edge hold and response.

I went down to Colorado Ski & Golf today and holy cow the carving type skis are expensive. I could not justify spending that kind of money for something I may use four or five days a year when the snow gets a little hard. Also, I wanted a ski that I could use around the mountain on those hard-snow days, not just locked into carving turns. Like the SX:10, it was fun all over, but could be a little stiff for bumps.

I would like recommendations for a nastar ski that may be a couple of years old and can be had at a decent price. Should I just find another pair of SX:10's or is there something better?

Thank you, Matt
post #2 of 15
How much are you willing to spend again?
post #3 of 15
One suggestions: Elan Ripstick -- e.g., http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=61388 .

Don't know if it's "better" than Atomic SX 10 but people seem to like it for Nastar. YOu'll find a fair number of positive reviews here on epicski.
post #4 of 15
I'd be crusing the e-Bay for a pair of Stockli SC's ..... great for NASTAR and they are not over the top for general skiing.

Used skis are not bad skis ..... why pay that much and then you still have your other skis for rock skis?

Heck, being from Denver, Stockli US is a local call .... see if they can hook you up with some close outs or demo skis.

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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Used skis are not bad skis ..... why pay that much and then you still have your other skis for rock skis?
I agree. The Blizzards I bought were used and I have had great luck with them. As long as they are viable and in good structural condition, used is fine with me.

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How much are you willing to spend again?
I would say $200 - $250. Remember, these will be used about 5 days a year, and probably not all day at that. I ski winter park a lot and if you park at the Jane, skiing back to the car to change skis is no big deal.
post #6 of 15
For Nastar, you would be best served with a GS-cheater type ski ... something with a 16m - 18m radius. It would be hard to go wrong with a used Fischer WC RC. IMHO - this is a ski made for the Nastar course (and laying medium-radius trenches on the groomed).
post #7 of 15
You can find many genuine GS and SL skis on ebay very cheap. I often see HEAD race skis a few years old, for less than $200, new never mounted.
post #8 of 15
The ski that you had (SX-10) was a great choice. I'd look for something similar. In the 15-30 handicap range the ski won't matter very much. A "real" race ski is a BAD idea.

SJ
post #9 of 15
Heard that Fischer's new Progressor (Fischer rc4 Progressor) was very good for Nastar
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
The ski that you had (SX-10) was a great choice. I'd look for something similar. In the 15-30 handicap range the ski won't matter very much. A "real" race ski is a BAD idea.

SJ
Maybe I will try to find another pair, or a pair of SX:11s. I knew I should have kept them around.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by matt7180 View Post
Maybe I will try to find another pair, or a pair of SX:11s. I knew I should have kept them around.
11s are a lot more ski than 10s, FWIW.
post #12 of 15
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11s are a lot more ski than 10s, FWIW.
Would that be a lot more in a good way, or bad way. I am 5'9" 210-220. My old SX:10's were 180cm. Would I need to go with 170 in an 11?
post #13 of 15
Try eBay.de, Volkl P70's selling like hotcakes for $150ish, $70 shipping to US. I may snag a pair of RC's due to the fact that I love the P70 SC so much.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by matt7180 View Post
Would that be a lot more in a good way, or bad way. I am 5'9" 210-220. My old SX:10's were 180cm. Would I need to go with 170 in an 11?
Better race ski; stiffer (by quite a bit). I would have said SX10 for a rookie racer (more forgiving), but at your size you might be able to handle an SX11 if you can carve (they do not want to skid at all).
post #15 of 15
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Better race ski; stiffer (by quite a bit). I would have said SX10 for a rookie racer (more forgiving), but at your size you might be able to handle an SX11 if you can carve (they do not want to skid at all).
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