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post #1 of 11
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I could use some help choosing new skis or evaluating the skis I currently have. A little background: 42 yrs. old/male/5'11"/350 lbs. (yes, football players like to ski too). I've probably skied a total of 20 days in my life, with 90% of those being back in the 80's on straight, longer skis.

We live in Colorado now and I plan to ski regularly, having bought the Rocky Mountain Superpasses for the family. I have a pair of Rossignol Bandit BX76 skis, but they didn't feel comfortable last year when I skied them, especially not compared to some shaped skis that I rented back in 2001.

I've had our boots fit and added custom footbeds from the Custom Foot here in Denver; thanks to all the helpful folks on here for the advice on boots and the importance of their proper fit.

Now I'm thinking about my skis and whether these are a decent choice for me. I'm planning to hit a couple ski shops this weekend in Denver (not big box stores), and I'd like some advice from the experts here about where to start when looking at new skis. I've searched the forums, but my weight is the factor that has me confused about my choice of skis.

Any advice from the board is appreciated.
post #2 of 11
Where's Sierra Jim when you need him?

Normally, for a beginner ski the advice would be to go for a softer ski, and for a 350 pounder the advice would be to go stiffer.

Since I really don't have a clue, I'm going to say go cheaper? Get something, anything, and get some days on the snow. As a beginner, it probably doesn't really matter.

You might consider what others consider 'rock' skis and buy some from this thread: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=74953

You could also rent or demo and see what you like.

Good job getting the boots taken care of first.

Welcome back to skiing and welcome to Epic!
post #3 of 11
At 350lbs. you will probably need something at least a little longer/stiffer than 'typical' beginner skis for someone your size. I'm not sure it is going to make a HUGE difference, though; technique plays a lot into how 'stiff' a ski you can handle well.

If you like Rossignol, I have a friend who just got into skiing last year and got some Rossignol Z9s, and he likes them. Not sure how they rank in stiffness.

The best advice I can offer is to try different things in real conditions. Get some lessons on some basic rental/demo skis and see what happens. If you 'demo' at most on-mountain (or near-mountain) shops, you can swap the skis out multiple times in a day to try a few different models.
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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post
If you like Rossignol, I have a friend who just got into skiing last year and got some Rossignol Z9s, and he likes them. Not sure how they rank in stiffness.
Z9s are pretty stiff for a beginner/intermediate. However, for a big guy, if you can keep your weight in front, it may borderline work.
post #5 of 11
Try to demo multiple pairs of skis on the same day. Maybe a demo day would be the best solution. You mentioned the Rossi's did not feel right, did you have the "delta" checked when you had your boots fit? If the heel is too high relative to your toe it can throw you off balalnce and even a couple of mm will be noticed.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by ForPlay View Post
I could use some help choosing new skis or evaluating the skis I currently have. A little background: 42 yrs. old/male/5'11"/350 lbs. (yes, football players like to ski too). I've probably skied a total of 20 days in my life, with 90% of those being back in the 80's on straight, longer skis.

We live in Colorado now and I plan to ski regularly, having bought the Rocky Mountain Superpasses for the family. I have a pair of Rossignol Bandit BX76 skis, but they didn't feel comfortable last year when I skied them, especially not compared to some shaped skis that I rented back in 2001.

I've had our boots fit and added custom footbeds from the Custom Foot here in Denver; thanks to all the helpful folks on here for the advice on boots and the importance of their proper fit.

Now I'm thinking about my skis and whether these are a decent choice for me. I'm planning to hit a couple ski shops this weekend in Denver (not big box stores), and I'd like some advice from the experts here about where to start when looking at new skis. I've searched the forums, but my weight is the factor that has me confused about my choice of skis.

Any advice from the board is appreciated.
Go to your mountain's rental shop, get some basic, entry level 165cm skis and go take a week of lessons. As your skill level and general knowledge of skiing and basic ski design increase you will be become better prepared to make a decision about purchasing skis.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
Go to your mountain's rental shop, get some basic, entry level 165cm skis and go take a week of lessons. As your skill level and general knowledge of skiing and basic ski design increase you will be become better prepared to make a decision about purchasing skis.
Don't go to your mountain's rental shop you'll pay twice what you would down here in the Denver metro. But demoing some skis by renting is a good idea. And if you can comfortably afford a week of lessons, great but if you can only do a day or half a day that's a good idea as well.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody for the advice. I skiied Saturday at Copper and had a great time on my current skis. I had them tuned before we went, so that probably helped a lot. I will try the demo thing for a while until I find something that feels better.

Any advice for a demo/rental shop in Denver area, maybe near Littleton?

Thanks again.
post #9 of 11
I've been quite happy with Colorado Ski & Golf and Christy Sports for any dealings I've had with them. I've heard good things about Eskimo Ski & Board Shop.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks again, all, I'm going to try some demos from CO ski & Golf this weekend.
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I've been quite happy with Colorado Ski & Golf and Christy Sports for any dealings I've had with them. I've heard good things about Eskimo Ski & Board Shop.
I have used Colorado Ski and golf for years for friends coming in to snowboard. They seem to be good guys with great bredth of knowledge. I have found at least one of the managers in the Aurora area to be a bit too much to deal with, but everyone else there was great. They spent a long time helping me fit boots when I decided to try skiing this year (a few weeks ago), and spent even more time talking to me when I went back after my first day on the slope concerned that the boots I bought were too tight. The fitter told me he would be happy to swap out for a larger pair, but after educating me a bit I agreed with him that I shold stick it out with the ones that just felt too short. Taking that time to educate me insteaed of handing me what I thought I needed and sending me out the door is what has set them apart.

Good luck finding what you need.
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