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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
The quickly approaching season has me very motivated.
Last year I got back into skiing after a long (10+ year) hiatus. Originally I thought I'd follow something like this:

50% groomed
40% off piste (think Billy’s Bowl @ Breck or some easier lines in Christmas Tree Bowl at Steamboat)
10% doing things I probably shouldn’t

What actually happend was more like

75% groomed
15% off piste
10% doing things I probably shouldn't (*ponders the merits of terrain parks)

I didn't think I'd be interested in bumps, and I am not. Not even a little bit. A friend talked me into joining a beer league however and I am hooked like a crack addict to the rock. To that end I found some very nice deals on some gear I'm really happy with.

I scored a pair of brand new Atomic GS 11.21 for dirt, I mean really dirt, cheap. These are 181cm and I really like them. I also acquired a pair of Rossi Radical RS in a 165 flavor. These were used, but near mint. For me, the first season ever in shaped skis, these were like Formula One cars. The proverbial Julia Roberts drives a Lotus and corners like it's on rails sensation.

Here is where your suggestions come into play. I want another set. Something for most of my non-beer league antics.

Male, 6’2”, 240Lbs., 42
Level ? Eh, I've always been a thug and with my size and less than dainty attitude, there is not much in terms of gear I can't bend or flex. I guess a level 7+. Moguls keep me from claiming 8, but I do carve with confidence just about everywhere and I prefer faster and steeper.
FYI, I'm in a pair of Nordica SpeedMachine 10's with custom beds from a local reputable shop. For me they split the performance/comfort pie perfectly.

I'll ski 3 weekends in northern Michigan each winter and at least one week long trip out west (Breck & Vail this coming Feb!). I'll ski locally every week with my kids and also the beer league again.

The first ski I am considering is the Volkl AC30 in a 177. Please offer up and suggestions for ski's and lenghts I should consider. As always, the "why" helps too.

TIA,

Mark
post #2 of 15
I heard someone in Waterford has a Pair of Rossi WC 9X's for sale. It might be the same person who got you into Beer Leagues.

I've been looking into the AC30 or like the other half has Nordica Hot Rods.
post #3 of 15
At your size, interests, and skill level, I'd think something like a Jet Fuel, AC40, or iM82 would work really well in their longest length; hardpack, crud and the occasional foray off piste, no bumps to speak of although the JF will be OK in same, but mainly all about carving through anything at speed. The 82 will feel the most GS-like, the AC40 the most oversized slalom-like. In the 180's, no realistic speed limit.

But if you're serious about terrain parks and other reaction stuff like trees, I'd think more about a beefy twin like a 4-frnt MSP, Big Trouble, or Head Mojo 94; still very nice on hardpack and crud, although necessarily lower speed limit than directionals, much better for quick maneuvers, and of course, switch-able even in the air.
post #4 of 15
Trapps, I hate to sound like a broken record, but I think you'd do yourself a huge favor if you consider something a bit more all mountain/big mountain cross over ish.
Keeping in mind that we ski mostly in northern Michigan, with a few trips out west, my husband fell in love with his Nordica Nitrous until he got on the Blizzard Titan Cronus
If you'd like to try it out, you're welcome to come up to Crystal when the season kicks off and try Mr TC's.
Another ski that Blizzard has come out with receiving great reviews is the Magnum 8.7. Sincerely worth a try!
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
TC; Again with the sensible input. The mostly Michigan with a few visits west life is right in line. Consider the Blizzards on the short list.

Beyond; I am not serious at all about terrain parks. They look like fun; but for my kids, not me. Good suggestions you've posted, thank you.

HB = my very own stalker. Actually I originally had some Hot Rods on the list.

*looks out window
Gosh if it were 35 degrees cooler it would be snowing here instead of raining.
post #6 of 15
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TC; Again with the sensible input. The mostly Michigan with a few visits west life is right in line. Consider the Blizzards on the short list.


*looks out window
Gosh if it were 35 degrees cooler it would be snowing here instead of raining.
Trapps, just so you know, any time you want to hit us up for some northern Michigan skiing, we'll be happy to let you play with our toys.
Heck, if you ask pretty please, I may even let you take the BRO's out for a turn or two.
post #7 of 15
It looks like your happy with your groomer tools. How about some AC 50s to tempt you off the beaten track a bit and take care of thos few deep snow days, without being too much of a shock?
post #8 of 15
Take a look at the Head iM82 or 88. For the amount of hardpack skiing you do, the 82 is probably a better choice, but since you're a big guy, the 88 would give you more float for those times you do get off the groomers. Bit of a personal choice, but in your place I think the 82 in the longest length (183) would be a solid choice for you. SAC and Tramdock have both had killer deals on last year's 82 in the last couple days. No idea if they'll put it up again or if they're out of stock, but it's worth keeping an eye on for such a good deal (sub $300 IIRC).
post #9 of 15
I'm gonna get a All-mountian ski at some point. Im just stuck bying race only ski's right now. Having 5 isn't enough. LOL

Heather and I had fun at the party!
post #10 of 15
IF going with Blzzard..see if you can find some leftover 8400's for a "deal", save a few bucks over the 8.7 for the rest of the quiver.
post #11 of 15
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I'm gonna get a All-mountian ski at some point. Im just stuck bying race only ski's right now. Having 5 isn't enough. LOL

Heather and I had fun at the party!
If you want a race only ski, then skip the AC30 too. I would give Fischer RC4 GS a try for a solid race ski with a light feel. Or if you like the atomic feel, an old SX 11 or 12 or the new Drive 12.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
IF going with Blzzard..see if you can find some leftover 8400's for a "deal", save a few bucks over the 8.7 for the rest of the quiver.

Check with ptex @ alpinehigh.net for left over 08 Blizzard Cronus/8400 etc in longer lengths...
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the comments.

Any input on lengths I should focus on? Pre ski sabbatical I'd have looked at the longest available; >200. Obviously this has changed. If you were me (bump avoiding speed nut) would look for something in the 177 range or should my thug-like persona and mass opt for a longer, say, 185?
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trapps View Post
Thanks all for the comments.

Any input on lengths I should focus on? Pre ski sabbatical I'd have looked at the longest available; >200. Obviously this has changed. If you were me (bump avoiding speed nut) would look for something in the 177 range or should my thug-like persona and mass opt for a longer, say, 185?
At 240 lbs and a passion for speed, I would say the longest lengths were made for you.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trapps View Post
Thanks all for the comments.

Any input on lengths I should focus on? Pre ski sabbatical I'd have looked at the longest available; >200. Obviously this has changed. If you were me (bump avoiding speed nut) would look for something in the 177 range or should my thug-like persona and mass opt for a longer, say, 185?
The length of the ski will depend on the ski you choose. I'd stick with something in the high 170's or low 180's range, for sure.
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