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Looking to Add a Carver to the Quiver

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I am thinking about replacing my current carving ski and not sure what direction I should go. I have a 2003 Atomic C9 and it was my first ski but sad to say it is not in the best shape and I have out grown them. So on to my specs:

Male 6'00' 180 lbs 23 years old

would say I am a level 7 but aspiring to be an 8 (can handle most runs but don't always do so with good technique)

I also currently have K2 Outlaws and PE

I usually ski in WA, OR, and UT

I use the PE for playing around and the Outlaws for Testing my limits on the Backside of the Mt. But they don't seem to preform well on the groomers. don't get me wrong they are great but this last year I discovered I may be a bit of a speed junky and want a ski for going fast on the freshly groomed slopes on the days when the snow might not be so good else where.

I have read some other forums on this subject and currently leaning toward the K2 crossfire or something from the danastar contact line, but after reading some other post a GS ski might be and idea(I hear they are cheep). I know very little about this type of ski so it would be great to get some advise on length side cut and so one.(some people have told me to get them shorter because of the side cut while other have recommended longer for stability) I am hoping to demo a pair or two when I make way up to Park City in a week or so and would love to be pointed in the right direction.

Thanks In advance,
Geoff
post #2 of 15
IM the PE are a great western groomer skiing but they aint a carver.

If you must get a carver would you want it groomers only or something that was capable off the groomers as well?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
wow that was fast.
well I would not want to be completely limited that's why i was thinking about the Crossfire, but they are $$$$ so i would be willing to go with a race style if it was cheap.
post #4 of 15
Progressor 8 or 9 sounds like a good fit.
post #5 of 15
Based on your info, you'd probably like Volkl Racetigers SL. I've been skiing on Rossi Bandits, and after trying the Volkls I bought a pair right away.
post #6 of 15
Over the summer, I noticed that I didn't have anything skinnier than my Mantras, at 96 underfoot. So, I started looking at carvers. Being Mr. Crab, and frugal, I was looking for used or discontinued Heads or similar.
AK skis have been on sale- these are handmade in Switzerland by Aldo Kuonen, who built for the Swiss World Cup Team and is making some of the Bro models. His King Salmon all mountain got rave reviews around here and everywhere else. I recommended his Pro Mountain to two Tele chicks I know and they won't ski anything else.
They stopped selling his skis in the USA and are closing out the older inventory. It was on sale before, it's now on closeout. I bought a pair of AK Pro's in 178 for my frontside carving needs- for $199- these are recommended for Masters racing. He has stiffer ones too, but I didn't go there. Should be here in a day or two, will post a full report, with pics.
post #7 of 15
How did I miss this, thanks for the info on these skis. Can't wait to read your review. It sure is alot easier for me rationalizing a $199 new ski. Evrybody loves a bargain. The skis ship from a US location?
post #8 of 15
California. The order links don't work anymore, you have to e-mail them @ AKSKISUSA@yahoo.com with size and model and if they have them, they'll ship right away. Corinne Powell is the president of AK USA and she took care of me personally...
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
quick question, I have no real race experience other than running gates just for fun when I can. would the racetiger or progressor 9 be to demanding for some one with no experience with that type of ski?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by skiing_TEX View Post
quick question, I have no real race experience other than running gates just for fun when I can. would the racetiger or progressor 9 be to demanding for some one with no experience with that type of ski?
Will depend on the length - and also are you talking race stock or race carver. If you're talking Race Stock - will the Volkl RaceTiger be too much ski... YES!

Progressor is pretty beefy, but way down from a race stock ski. I am a masters racer and found my weakening knee pushing me toward Rossignol. Try rossi 9X oversize or Dynastar Course to get used to race "type" skis...
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by skiing_TEX View Post
quick question, I have no real race experience other than running gates just for fun when I can. would the racetiger or progressor 9 be to demanding for some one with no experience with that type of ski?
Will depend on the length - and also are you talking race stock or race carver. If you're talking Race Stock - will the Volkl RaceTiger be too much ski... YES!

Progressor is pretty beefy, but way down from a race stock ski. I am a masters racer and found my weakening knee pushing me toward Rossignol. Try rossi 9X oversize or Dynastar Course to get used to race "type" skis...
post #12 of 15
The AK's look crazy - totally cool - have you skied them? What binding/plate did you mount?
post #13 of 15
For a carver, the Dynastar Contact line is wider underfoot and bigger sidecut radius than I'd like. The Crossfire isn't as wide, but still has that 16 meter sidecut radius.

Look for something in the mid-60mm range underfoot and less than 14 meter sidecut. I sure like my Head SuperShapes with their 66mm width and 12m sidecut. Fischer's RX line is good, and there are others. You might look for a pair of good used recreational slalom skis. For your size, weight, and skiing ability, I'd suggest something in the 165cm to 170cm range...no more than 170 for sure...for carvers.

I wouldn't think of GS or slalom skis as a type, except when buying skis for racing. Modern skis can have lots of sidecut and still be stable when skied fast and straight with the right tuning.
post #14 of 15
Don't forget to try the Kastle RX or MX 78
post #15 of 15
AK cannot ship skis to Canada - FYI
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