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Help Me Shred the Gnar Even Better - Gapetastic!

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
5'10", 155lbs and would consider myself an expert skier. I ride 30-40 days each year in Colorado (primarily Vail, BC, ABasin and a little hiking). I'm looking for a new one quiver ski and some good boots. After little research I went with the following setup a few years ago (now for sale to help fund the new purchase):
http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/822917646.html

I'm sure I didn't spend enough time on the boots before making an uninformed decision. They were not all that bad but I plan to dig deeper this time before pulling the trigger.

The skis were pretty solid and I was happy with them. They are not as wide as I would like underfoot with fatter all mountain skis out now. Not sure if it was the boots or the skis but I also felt it was tons of work to turn them over in the bumps compared to my "noodle-like" Salomon 1080s (first year they came out) that I rode previously.

So, I'm looking for a solid ski that I can enjoy in the powder, can cut through frozen-over crud and can turn over quickly when I'm playing in bumps and trees. I used to play in the park but have been taking it easier since the falls seem to be getting worse over time.

My brother lives in Vail and speaks highly of his Line 100s from last year. He is freakin' incredible and I need something that will make me a much better skier, increase my ability to pick up the ladies and help freshen my mouth after a long night of drinking the night before.

Also, any recommendations for where to purchase the skis and where to get a really good boot fitting in my area (Denver or surrounding mountain towns) would be appreciated.

Thanks for your thoughts!
post #2 of 24
I'm sure you'll catch a lot of replies, but just really quick... You should go try on a bunch of different boots at whatever local fitter is recommend. Every company makes a "good boot," but not necessarily one that will fit YOUR foot. As for the skis, Line makes two skis that have a 100mm waist, the Blend and the Prophet 100. (Blend is more of a park ski, I'm not sure which your brother has...) I have the Karhu equivalent of a Line Prophet 100, and while it is a great ski in the soft stuff AND it rails on hardpack, I feel like 100 under foot is a little wide for the bumps. Then again, you left coasters have those big, SOFT type moguls so who knows... maybe it would work fine. Aside from that I can HIGHLY recommend the Prophet 100 as a 1 ski quiver.

-BTW, Welcome to epic.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info and the welcome - just to clarify - my brother has the Prophet 100s...
post #4 of 24
well you got one thing right. As far as first posts go that was pretty gapetastic.
post #5 of 24
For Boots, I'd ask for information in the Ask a BootGuy section.

For skis, Wow! Where do you start? There are more good skis than bad, and with your broad brush stroke, you've opened yourself up to a lot of suggestions. Most will say Gotama's, I love my Bros, the Lines you speak of are highly revered, as are the Shamans..............Get boots and start demoing!
post #6 of 24
Advice: Around here if you show up and call yourself an expert, you're probably an intermediate. At best.

1) Build from the boots.

2) Lot of good skiers like Karmas in bumps. Your 1080's felt easier because they are.

3) Prophet 100's are a solid ski, can handle most of what you seem to want. But so are a dozen others. Demo.

4) None will get you any traction with "the ladies" once they start talking to you...
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Advice: Around here if you show up and call yourself an expert, you're probably an intermediate. At best.
Knocked off my pedestal but attempt a double daffy on the way down - only get one and a half so looks a little sloppy...

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None will get you any traction with "the ladies" once they start talking to you...
Not true - I was rockin' a sweet pair of Sled Dogs back in the day and had them over my shoulder (other shoulder I had draped my Starter jacket) when I hit on a girl in the lodge in Aspen - she is now my fiancee.

Thanks again for the recommendations.
post #8 of 24
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Knocked off my pedestal but attempt a double daffy on the way down - only get one and a half so looks a little sloppy...

Thanks again for the recommendations. Any advice on a good boot shop in my area?
Welcome jong.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=3986

old list, but somewhere to start. Also post on the boot forum below.
post #9 of 24
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Not true - I was rockin' a sweet pair of Sled Dogs back in the day and had them over my shoulder (other shoulder I had draped my Starter jacket) when I hit on a girl in the lodge in Aspen - she is now my fiancee.
Gaper fetish?
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Gaper fetish?
Green card?
post #11 of 24
Head Monsters....just choose your width...upto 102
Pow+carve
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by crux View Post
My brother lives in Vail and speaks highly of his Line 100s from last year. He is freakin' incredible and I need something that will make me a much better skier, increase my ability to pick up the ladies and help freshen my mouth after a long night of drinking the night before.


Thanks for your thoughts!
Welcone JONG nice first postings. Just so you no teh limit for nonJONG status here is 1000 posts so please post often.

I an JONG too so i did some searches for you and i think this Gaper is on to something big here too bad u already found that special somone cause this look rocks for traction wit the ladies.

http://skinc.com/messageboard/viewto...00f83012d165d5

I thinking the orange bananda might be the freash breaf solution ur looking for.
post #13 of 24
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Advice: Around here if you show up and call yourself an expert, you're probably an intermediate. At best.
Still shredding gnar? Search on "k-nar".
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by crux View Post
...My brother lives in Vail and speaks highly of his Line 100s from last year. He is freakin' incredible and I need something that will make me a much better skier, increase my ability to pick up the ladies and help freshen my mouth after a long night of drinking the night before.
Way to announce and wake the dead as I’m guessing you can ski the arse off those giving you flame. And you're spot on; new gear helps freshen your breath and improves your odds with the ladies. Of course I'm married now and have no idea what new gear looks like or what I'd do with it...but I do look forward to catching up with you and brother somewhere in the valley this season.
post #15 of 24
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Way to announce and wake the dead as I’m guessing you can ski the arse off those giving you flame. And you're spot on; new gear helps freshen your breath and improves your odds with the ladies. Of course I'm married now and have no idea what new gear looks like or what I'd do with it...but I do look forward to catching up with you and brother somewhere in the valley this season.

I got new gear FOR my lady and it definitely made points with her but didn't help my breath much. DonDenver I didn't notice a location listed for you on the right hand side of your post. Care to divulge
post #16 of 24
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Head Monsters....just choose your width...upto 102
Pow+carve
Or mojo's if you are young and like riding backwards, whats that called?
post #17 of 24
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Or mojo's if you are young and like riding backwards, whats that called?
We're not allowed to use that word on this forum.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Have some great suggestions for what to start checking out.

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I got new gear FOR my lady and it definitely made points with her
Got my woman some new gear last year as well since she's quickly becoming a better skier. I can't complain that she's the one dragging me out of bed to hit the I-70 traffic these days.

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as I’m guessing you can ski the arse off those giving you flame.
Definitely doubting my ability after the first few posts. Wasn't really sure how to communicate skill level without sounding like a jerk. Not here to compete online, just trying to learn about equipment since I usually just point and buy whatever seems to fit my needs and won't break my bank.

Hopefully this is the year I can step it up even more. All of my bachelor party and wedding activities are focused on skiing (fiancees idea!). My brother is setting up a trip to Silverton Mountain for my bachelor party in late January. Anyone ever played around there? I'd be interested in your experiences. My brother has a few groups of friends that have made it that way and said it was pretty incredible - lots of great powder. I'm starting to work on my "please dump tons of snow" dance.

Thanks again!
post #19 of 24
So you can actually turn it off. I'd add Snoops to your list - friend who's done all the 14-ers and likes to hike for his turns recommends them highly - and Mantras or Goliath Sluffs because they're light for hiking, quick for tight places or groomed, but beefy enough to handle bad snow. If you're less concerned with lotsa turns, but like the idea of built in AT, the Blizzard Argos may be your ticket.
post #20 of 24
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All of my bachelor party and wedding activities are focused on skiing (fiancees idea!). My brother is setting up a trip to Silverton Mountain for my bachelor party in late January.
...and how does one get on the bachelor party invite list

A wedding focused around skiing you say...

Those are fun :
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well done! Our families would have killed us for going that route. We settled for renting a big place in the mountains for a couple days after the wedding and inviting everyone to come out to join.

Would have been great to go that route but I wouldn't want to be liable for grandma on slippery boards.
post #22 of 24
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Way to announce and wake the dead as I’m guessing you can ski the arse off those giving you flame. .......
Ya crux, no about about that as far as i'm concerned, i can barely get my porckulence in the air much less spend a day in the park. I suck at teh internet but i'm better at the internet than skiing. Sounds like you got a pretty cool fiance and a great season ahead.
post #23 of 24
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I'm starting to work on my "please dump tons of snow" dance.
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
It goes a little something like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOIJtS4gbaY

1. learn the moves
2. buy tank top and baggy pants
3. bust a move
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