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Looking to buy first pair of skis

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Hello everyone and thanks in advance for the help. I am an 18 year old male about 5'9-10" and weigh about 140 lbs. I am high school senior and have recently been accepted to the Air Force Academy where I plan to join the ski club and will ski a couple days a month. I really enjoy skiing but unfortunately have only been able to ski 4-6 days a year. I visit Breckenridge once year where I spend most of my time skiing the upper mountain bowls. I like to ski with some speed and wouldn't quite classify myself as an aggressive skier(if that makes sense). I like skiing moderate steeps although I have skied pitches of around 45 degrees(not long though). I typically ski with speed until the pitch gets around 40 degrees. This past year I really tried to work on carving turns but didn't quite get it down in the steeper terrain. I haven't really skied much bumps but would like to try it more when I get the time. As the title suggests I am looking to buy my first set skis and would really appreciate any recommendations you guys can make. If you need any more information just let me know.
post #2 of 10
since you'll be skiing CO I'd look at something that will give you some float, good edge hold, stability at speed. Then after you're here awhile get some powder boards too.

Check out skis like the Head Monster 88, Dynastar Mythic Rider, Volkl AC50 (next season)
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
Hello everyone and thanks in advance for the help. I am an 18 year old male about 5'9-10" and weigh about 140 lbs. I am high school senior and have recently been accepted to the Air Force Academy where I plan to join the ski club and will ski a couple days a month. I really enjoy skiing but unfortunately have only been able to ski 4-6 days a year. I visit Breckenridge once year where I spend most of my time skiing the upper mountain bowls. I like to ski with some speed and wouldn't quite classify myself as an aggressive skier(if that makes sense). I like skiing moderate steeps although I have skied pitches of around 45 degrees(not long though). I typically ski with speed until the pitch gets around 40 degrees. This past year I really tried to work on carving turns but didn't quite get it down in the steeper terrain. I haven't really skied much bumps but would like to try it more when I get the time. As the title suggests I am looking to buy my first set skis and would really appreciate any recommendations you guys can make. If you need any more information just let me know.

Congratulations of Air Forece Academy. What have you been skiing on? Do/did you like this ski for its performance and length? What did you like about the ski and dislike. What are you looking to do?
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Thread Starter 
Well I have been using rental ski's and unfortunately I don't remember what type I used as the last time I skied was about five months ago.
I know they where from the rental companies performance ski category and that they where either head or rosingol, leaning more towards the rosingol, but as far as model goes I don't I have clue.
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Well I have been using rental ski's and unfortunately I don't remember what type I used as the last time I skied was about five months ago.
I know they where from the rental companies performance ski category and that they where either head or rosingol, leaning more towards the rosingol, but as far as model goes I don't I have clue.
Wait till next year and Demo. Yes you can probably buy cheaper now BUT you don't know if you'll like them let alone love them. Only you will know whats right for you. So if you wait you will probably save $ by not buying the wrong ones. The AF Academy will teach you the benefit of patience when stalking your enemy. Be patient, wait till next year and buy the right ones.
post #6 of 10
Hi Lonewolf, and likewise congrats. Far as skis, if you're planning to join the ski club, and want to work on your carving - as well as hit those back bowls - I'd recommend a ski in the 78-84 mm waist range. You'll still be able to carve them, but they'll be more fun in chop and moderate powder than a more classic cross/carve design. Here are some candidates:

Head iM78
Fischer Watea 84
Volkl AC3
Dynastar Legend 8000's

Each of these will have their own feel. The Heads will be the dampest and most solid feeling and IMO probably the most versatile; the Volkls will be lighter and stiffer with the best edge hold of the group and will like speed the most but powder the least; the Dynastars will be smooth and easy to turn and excellent in powder and crud but require more input from the driver about what kind of turn; the Fischers will be light, energetic, best at moderate speeds and in tight softer terrain. For a fuller picture, strongly recommend visiting Sierra Jim's site, which is having a great set of sales and has reliable advice/reviews, or Dawgcatching's store, which is also having a great sale, and you can pm him about advice. Finally, use our search function to see what others have said about these skis or others.
post #7 of 10
I've been going around threads like this lately and I keep recommending the Nordica Enforcer--- my best ski buddy had them this season and friggen loved them.

They shred pretty well on groomers for being 98mm underfoot... and for any amount of loose snow they totally rip. They have a lot of sidecut for that width ski so they're very easy to turn. I got my wife a pair this spring.

Read reviews on it at Backcountry.com, etc.

Chris
post #8 of 10
Do you have boots?
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
No. but there is a ski shop nearby that I am going to go to get fitted. I will hopefully be doing that within the next week or two.
post #10 of 10
The better they fit, the better wide skis will work for you.
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