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alternate (fatter) ski to round out my head monster m77?

post #1 of 11
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Pls suggest another (alternate fatter) ski to round out my monster m77?

I'm aged 45, 5'6", weigh 177, live in Vancouver BC and plan to ski alot more next year (mostly here on the west coast but also in the interior and maybe back east)...I was considering the nomad blackeye or salomon fury but a retail ski gent said to go for a much fatter ski to really give a more balanced round out to what I currently have (head monster M77 skis)....as for boots I'm looking, after trying on quite a few types, the Nordica Speedmachine 10.

I'm a good beginner (greens, some blues) and next year want to get out 20-30x and do more powder and glade skiing(but also lots of groomed, too, of course)...nothing extreme, however.

So...any opinions?
post #2 of 11
The Nordica Enforcer is 98mm underfoot but has a 17m sidecut (so it's turny compared to lots of fat skis.)

My buddy who is 6'6", 250 pounds has the 188cm version (or whatever their longest is) and he loves them. They seem to hold very well on groomers considering they are fat skis-- he has a race background and charges pretty hard. Obviously that ski shines in any loose snow it encounters.

I just bought my wife a pair of that ski because my friend liked his so much.

I ski a k2 apache chief which is also 98mm underfoot
but has a little less sidecut. They work great for me. If I didn't have these, I'd get Enforcers for myself too.

Don't be afraid of a ski 98mm underfoot--- you'll love them, trust me. Especially in the wetter Whistler snow.

Cheers!
Chris
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks, chris, I'll consider them.
post #4 of 11
Lib Tech Freeride - 99mm waist, 19m TR
Lib Tech Powder - 117 waist, not sure of the TR, but it's turny.

These are made up near you on the Washington/Canada boarder. They test 'em at Mt. Baker.

I have the Freerides and they are great, mostly as an everyday ski.

Also a small company outta Colo called Icelantic have some interesting powder planks. And they've added new lengths for 2009!

If you live in Vancouver, why not look into Prior? They make several skis that might fit your bill. Plus according to their website they are happy to let you demo from the shop in the village.

you might also like the Gotama (though I've never ridden it). it seems to get universal praise on both Epic and TGR and a good all-around powder plank (it's 105 and supposedly mildly stiff/soft).

Personally, I'd look into the Priors, just cuz they're local boys.

post #5 of 11
Try the Head Mojo 90 (I own and LOVE them), the Line Prophet 90 (lust after them all day), the im88, and maybe the Manrta if you manna go a bit wider, but I'd stick to a midfat in your situation. You're an agressive beginner and want to step your game up, so get something in the low to mid 90s, as it's very versatile and will allow you to explore the rest of the mountain and find exactly what you really love before buying a super-specific pow ski. Ask away if you have any more questions you'd like to have addressed! Good luck!
post #6 of 11
Please don't think I'm being condescending (it's not my intent, honest), but you should take the money you would spend on another ski rig and get some lessons and lift tickets. The iM77 is a really nice all around ski that will work pretty well for mellow glade skiing. A fatter ski will probably send you backwards technique wise. Switching between skis when you want to ski different terrain or snow conditions will teach bad habits, ski what you've got MORE OFTEN.

As a general rule: Ski more, worry about gear less.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

As a general rule: Ski more, worry about gear less.
But worrying about gear is so much fun!
post #8 of 11
If i were spending your money, Icelantic Nomad )
post #9 of 11
[quote=Whiteroom;885966]Please don't think I'm being condescending (it's not my intent, honest), but you should take the money you would spend on another ski rig and get some lessons and lift tickets. The iM77 is a really nice all around ski that will work pretty well for mellow glade skiing. A fatter ski will probably send you backwards technique wise. Switching between skis when you want to ski different terrain or snow conditions will teach bad habits, ski what you've got MORE OFTEN.quote]

... well put! Too bad I've got a fever... and the only perscription is more cowbell, er... gear!
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks folks for the info, esp the suggestion of getting my technique down first before investing in more skis (ie invest in more lessons...well said and well taken).

best
joe
post #11 of 11
It would have been different if you were on 20 year old super-G skis or completely the wrong ski for learning (say a pure racer, for instance), but you would have a much easier time actually feeling the true differences between skis when the question of what color slopes are OK becomes a non-question. It's good to see that you took the earlier advice the right way. THAT is a much more important step in the right direction than your gear. Thumbs up for that!
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