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What skis should I get?

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That title should generate some interest.

I've been meaning to start this thread but I've been putting it off because it's embarrassing. I rarely ski and I already have several sets of skis.

I'm going to get another set though, and they are going to be built to my specifications. So I have to come up with materials and dimensions.

I'm advanced level telemarker (=advanced intermediate on the alpine scale ), ski about ten days a year in Pennsylvania. I have 163cm Elan carvers from 1997, 174cm 2004 SuperStinx (70mm waist), 183cm gray Enemys (75mm waist).

Would 180cm x 130/90/115mm be a good addition to my quiver? I figure to keep one pair of K2s as my every day ski and the new ones will be my powder skis.

What wood would you have the core made of if you were me? I'm close to 200lb and prefer moderate speeds.
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What wood would you have the core made of if you were me?
Mahogany - it has GREAT tone!!
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G3 rapid transit would be a great choice, snappy close to your dimensions
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What wood would you have the core made of if you were me? I'm close to 200lb and prefer moderate speeds.
Ash or red elm.
post #5 of 12
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Kyle(krp8128), the ski maker says he can easily get pine poplar, maple, aspen, ash, and cherry.

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Ash or red elm.
Would there be any advantage to using ash/cherry instead of all ash?

I always though skis were made of hickory.
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G3 rapid transit would be a great choice, snappy close to your dimensions
Thanks. These are going to be hand built for me. From your reply though, I guess this is a reasonable shape for a ski.

I looked at Sking Magazine to get an idea about what people are skiing on these days. The all-mountains looked kinda narrow and the big-mountains looked kinda wide, so I took a rough average, then narrowed it a tiny bit. Haha. Would demoing have been a better way to go about it?
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I always though skis were made of hickory.
Louisville Sluggers.
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Would there be any advantage to using ash/cherry instead of all ash?
Cherry is marginally softer and damper, though you lose on energy return.

Depending on the sample, cherry may have closer grain and thus allow deeper sidecuts without grain runout. Honestly, if that was even an issue I'd ask for an ash/sugar maple mix.

Depending on how much lead time you have, demoing may be a decent idea so you know what flex (read: thickness taper pattern) you want. The Rapid Transit and Reverend are not bad places to start.

I -still- think we should figure out how to source cores from both red elm and osage orange.
post #9 of 12
Oh yeah, should have explained myself better. The shape of the Rapid Transit is fantastic makes turning very easy, then look at a core material the has a lot of energy
post #10 of 12
BTW I was on maple cores that day we skied with Pierre.

Way stiff under my weight for the likes of Goosebumps.

Honking ice grip, tho.
post #11 of 12
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Were you on the Ogasakis (sp?). Remember, I only skied one run on Goosebumps, the rest of the time I took Avalanche which I mistakenly assumed was the easier route, with a ranking of only one black diamond.

I remember your skis performed the best of the group on Goosebumps the one time I skied it. You are saying now that the cores were too stiff? I assumed your skis was the reason you dropped us all. If it wasn't the maple cores, then what? What kind of dope were you using? Maplus?

I'm thinking ash/maple at this point. Thanks for the advice.
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Were you on the Ogasakis (sp?).
Yes.


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I remember your skis performed the best of the group on Goosebumps the one time I skied it. You are saying now that the cores were too stiff?
Maybe it wasn't the cores. The race plate definitely was.

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I'm thinking ash/maple at this point.


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If it wasn't the maple cores, then what? What kind of dope were you using? Maplus?.
Nothing special. 5 cycles of base prep, no wax of the day. I think the stiffness of the skis played a big role, and gave me a longer contact zone with less water drag. Tromano's T50s were doing pretty well in that grabby stuff too.
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