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post #1 of 13
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Hi all,

I am currently trying to make a decision upon my first pair of skis and would appreciate any help.
I am 37years old and 80kg, 5ft9in and athletic.
I will be sking mainly in NZ north island (July to Nov) where i am told there is little soft snow conditions. having said this i will adventure off piste sometimes.
I am currently skiing upto 2 weeks a year starting last year as there is no snow where i come from in the UK. Before this i had skied for 1 week, 20 years ago.
To say i am hooked is an understatement.
Anyway i ski blue runs with linked turns can stop etc etc quite confidently although my leg strength and fitness needs to be worked on.

I have been looking at the following which are on sale in NZ
Saloman x wing6 165
k2 Apache ranger and sabre. 163 170
Ross z5 163 or 170

Any advise would be appreciated as i know little about skis and want to buy to save messing around renting. I need a ski to ski into, but one which will not be too difficult and will hold me back. Also please advise of ski length.

Any further info please ask
Lee
post #2 of 13
I'm not the one to give you advice on particular skis, but, in addition to searching around this site and reading what people have to say on the subject, I found the following site useful when I went to purchase skis: http://www.realskiers.com/. $20 for a year subscription. In particular, they've got reviews on skis going many years back, which can enable you to identify used or even new skis that are several model years old, but that may be appropriate for you.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Forgot to mention i have been using 160/ 162 carvers, but have also hired some 165 soloman xwing 4.s, although they may have been 1 or 2 seasons old. They did seem more stable at speed. (i think)
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip of the site. Will bear it in mind.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Woodstocksez View Post
I'm not the one to give you advice on particular skis, but, in addition to searching around this site and reading what people have to say on the subject, I found the following site useful when I went to purchase skis: http://www.realskiers.com/. $20 for a year subscription. In particular, they've got reviews on skis going many years back, which can enable you to identify used or even new skis that are several model years old, but that may be appropriate for you.
Agree it's worth the twenty bucks, but I think the address is changed to expertskier.com these days (Keelty's review site).
You might want to read this thread....
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ghlight=expert
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

help

Sorry forgot to mention ive purchased my first boots being the Nordica Speedmachine 8's.
I have no access here to demo skis.
Would put myself somewhere between 4 and 7 on the ability scale.

Any advice appreciated by this ski addicted nutter..
post #7 of 13
Hi POM NZ - Given the conditions, your interest in offroad, and the skiing you've already done, think you're undershooting both in terms of ski level and ski width. Sollies make some really nice skis for low intermediates to advanced, easy to grow with, I'd think about the Tornado or Hurricane. Can't speak to Ross. If you're aggressive, plan lessons, and like a bit of speed, I'd add the Head iM78, K2 Recon, Dynastar 8000, and Sollie Fury to your list, all on the short side for your size. These will be demanding at first, but are overall tolerant of mistakes and have a huge upside as you improve.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
Hi POM NZ - Given the conditions, your interest in offroad, and the skiing you've already done, think you're undershooting both in terms of ski level and ski width. Sollies make some really nice skis for low intermediates to advanced, easy to grow with, I'd think about the Tornado or Hurricane. Can't speak to Ross. If you're aggressive, plan lessons, and like a bit of speed, I'd add the Head iM78, K2 Recon, Dynastar 8000, and Sollie Fury to your list, all on the short side for your size. These will be demanding at first, but are overall tolerant of mistakes and have a huge upside as you improve.
Thanks beyond
What ski width would you recommend?
What would be a short ski size for me?
Will research these skis, thanks again
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by pom nz skier View Post
Thanks beyond
What ski width would you recommend?
What would be a short ski size for me?
Will research these skis, thanks again
Hi
I am from Christchurch NZ and over the past few years
have enjoyed skiing Volkl AC4 which is a Mid Fat 82mm under
boot. I would get a 170 or 177 in length. If you are not into
bumps get the 177. These skis are about as stable as a race
ski on ice and have good stability in soft snow and crud. The
2008 model is called the AC50 which is 85mm under boot.
You will not grow out of this ski as I used to ski race skis and
like the AC4 better. There are other brands of Mid Fat skis with
some being stiffer (more stable at speed than others)
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

nz skiing

Hi Cassina

Thanks for your comments
I was just about to purchase the Rossignol zenith 5 170,s on special from R&R in dunedin.
They are 73mm under foot but are classed as an all mountain ski.
The off piste at ruapehu is rarely powder so i am reluctant to stray to far from the 68mm under foot carvers that i have been renting. After all i will be mainly on piste.
I thought the 73mm would be a good comprimise and they were ski of the year 2006.
I am hoping to ski in the south island next year. Where do you ski?
The ac skis are $1500 as opposed to $750 as well.
I am surprised there are no similar forums available for NZ.

Anyway enjoy the rest of the season.
Lee
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by pom nz skier View Post
Hi Cassina

Thanks for your comments
I was just about to purchase the Rossignol zenith 5 170,s on special from R&R in dunedin.
They are 73mm under foot but are classed as an all mountain ski.
The off piste at ruapehu is rarely powder so i am reluctant to stray to far from the 68mm under foot carvers that i have been renting. After all i will be mainly on piste.
I thought the 73mm would be a good comprimise and they were ski of the year 2006.
I am hoping to ski in the south island next year. Where do you ski?
The ac skis are $1500 as opposed to $750 as well.
I am surprised there are no similar forums available for NZ.

Anyway enjoy the rest of the season.
Lee
Hi Lee

I live in Christchurch and go by bus to Mt Hutt about 2hrs
away. Mt Hutt is the biggest field in the Canterbury region
and the only field in Canterbury with chairlifts. Down south
is Queenstown and Wanaka and I mostly ski at Coronet
Peak and Treble Cone when I go down for a week end of Aug.
I am sorry you don't have the budget for AC4s. I would be
unable to recomend any budget skis but another option would
be to buy a second hand pair of AC3 or 30s which are about
75mm wide at centre. Personally for groomed runs only I enjoy
GS race skis and they can be bought second hand within your
budget too. Most places have pre season sales also and there
are lots of skis on trade me. A NZ site that has a forum is
www.snow.co.nz but its not as technical as epic ski and most
of the guys who post on it are boarders.

Cheers

Peter
post #12 of 13
Clearly you're looking at a one ski-quiver type ski. There are a lot of options for this market, and in my experience some of the best are the Armada ARV. Look into them.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi All
Just wanted to let you know i purchased a pair of Rossy zenith 6 in 170 a week ago and took them out on ruapehu nz last weekend.
I am totally happy and more with these skis and feel already that they are much easier to ski well on and will help me achieve the next level.
Thanks for your comments and time.
ps I need to put some wax on these for this weekend.
What do you recommend wax or hotwax? and can you apply this yourself and what do you need to do this?

many thanks
Lee

ruapehu nz best skiing in november in the world. ye
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