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i've beeen skiing for about 6 years and up until this year i've been ridding carving skiis. currently i have salomon crossmax skis 150 cm in length

(105-65-95) sidecut.
-- i would say im a advanced carver not expert but advanced

i'm now looking for skis which i can still carve..but will allow me to hit jumps, do some park (rails) i do almost all my riding at blue mountain resort in collingwood Ontario. if your unfamilliar with it we get lots of un-groomed trails (not powder but rough trails due to all the skiers) and alot of ICE!!

5'3''
140 lbs
What i will be riding:

60 % trail 30% park 10% back country

- im currently looking at the dynstars nothing but trouble, and the salomon thruster

i went to a well- respected ski shop (skiis and bikes) and the man said that i should be lookin at skiis around the 160 -165 cm --they were the ones who recommended the nothing but trouble and the thruster

any help would be very much appreciated.
post #2 of 6
K2 Public Enemies is another possible choice for you for do-eveything skis. Also quite cheap, if you get last year's models. Very durable (ski-wise, not topsheet-wise) and will handle eveything you throw at them including half-pipe and double blacks.

For me they cut through crud and slush thrown up by other skiers nicely and hold an edge extemely well in ice. Pretty good in pow, but I need more practice to get the best out of them (in any situation) because I lack experience.

For you around 160 would probably be good for twintips because they ride shorter, so look for skis around that length. I'd say either the 159 or 164 for PE's depending on how stiff you like your skis but I can't say for the other skis.
post #3 of 6
Since you are just getting into twin-tips, I would be cautious about spending a lot of money, in case you find you don't like twin-tips (what am I saying - you're going to love 'em!) If you happen to have a Sport Chek store nearby, they may still have the Rossignol Scratch Sprayer FS on sale. The 168 mm would be best for you. The package price was $299.00 with matching Scratch 100 bindings, mount and wax included. It's a wood core ski, making it lively. It carves well on the groomed, better than my Dynastar Troublemaker, which is a higher-rated and more expensive twin-tip. The Sprayer's dimensions are the same as the older Scratch FS, which worked very well as both a terrain park and all-mountain ride. The Sprayer was intended for novice park skiers, so the durability may not match that of other more expensive skis, but it works well for me, and the price is unbeatable.
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Originally Posted by roastpuff View Post
K2 Public Enemies is another possible choice for you for do-eveything skis. Also quite cheap, if you get last year's models. Very durable (ski-wise, not topsheet-wise) and will handle eveything you throw at them including half-pipe and double blacks.

For me they cut through crud and slush thrown up by other skiers nicely and hold an edge extemely well in ice. Pretty good in pow, but I need more practice to get the best out of them (in any situation) because I lack experience.

For you around 160 would probably be good for twintips because they ride shorter, so look for skis around that length. I'd say either the 159 or 164 for PE's depending on how stiff you like your skis but I can't say for the other skis.
I second the PE as one of my favorite all mountain twins. I would stay away from the thruster. It is more of a park specific ski.
post #5 of 6
I too have been advised to avoid the Thruster. It got a bad rap as not being burly enough to survive "Park-n-Pipe World", but some skiers, as you can see from the reviews below, are happy with it. If you like the Salomon "flavour" (I see you have the Crossmax), the Thruster may work for you. Like the Sprayer, Thrusters may soon be showing up at clear-out prices.

An easy ski to ride all day with plenty of performance for the thrill seeker. Not that I would recommend getting dropped off at the top of Kilimanjaro with these but they will do any ski park in the US that's for sure. The ideal ski for the "late stage intermediate into the well advanced skier" If you're looking for great performance and a totally FUN and versatile ski, these are your babies. After skiing parks and trees for 28 years, these are the ski's I've been waiting for. Rip like lightning, jumps, tricks, hard turns, or to cruise like butter, these satisfy.

I tried the 1080 Thrusters that he was demoing and was amazed. I do not go for park skiing and have never liked twin-tips in the past (though I've never ridden the 1080 line before either) but fell in love with the Thruster. I skied a pair of 180s, longer than I normally ride, but found them wonderfully stable and very, very responsive -- great carvers on the hardpack with plenty of spring in turns and bumps, and perfectly flexible for off-piste fun. I would recommend that anyone looking for an all-mountain ski try any of the 1080s before the Scramblers.
post #6 of 6
Volkl Bridges put those on your list, the PE, No thrusters, PE's were 168 on SAC for last years just yesterday.
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