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K2 Crossfire??

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

First post here, have been enjoying the boards for the past year or so as I contemplated getting back into skiiing after 10 or so years away.

Last week, was my first time back and I went on a day trip up to Windham, and had a blast, I got bitten by the ski bug like I knew I would.

I have arranged several day trip over the next month, in order to refine my skills for a group trip up to Whiteface during President's week. And this brings me to my question, which one quiver ski best fits my style? I want to demo a nice pair for that Lake Placid trip.

About me:
I am 28, 5'11", 170lbs.
Live in NYC, so most day trips are to the Catskills/Poconos, with hopefully a few Vt weekends thrown in and a dream trip out west a year.
Conditions: East coast ice, crud, packed crud, with the occasional day of decent powder.
I was a level 7-8, and I hope to get back to there fairly quickly, I do not go too hard, prefer to cruise with friends. I generally stay on-piste, but do enjoy heading for some trees when the conditions are nice.

After doing my own initial research I like what I see in the K2 Crossfire's, although it seems like some Fischer and Volkl models come very highly recommended here. So I am looking for your opinions. I want to demo a great pair of skis for Lake Placid, with the hopes of buying a new pair at the end of the season. Thanks in advance for all the help.

post #2 of 7
Hi Mike. I feel like I'm reading about myself when I look at your post. I didn't ski for about 10 years and just got re-addicted this year. I'll relay my experiences for you as a reference & I'm sure other people will chime in w/ some recommendations on specific ski models (whereas I'm just going to try to convert you to fat twin tips ).

I'm an East Coaster as well and the original ski I was eying was the Crossfire. I ended up buying the Fischer RX 6 (114-66-98) & Volkl Gotama (133-105-124). I'm mostly a tree skier but I like the occasional groomer to rip on if it's not crowded. I have 8 days on snow this year and I've already pretty much retired the Fischers because they're a little too skinny. I prefer the stability of the Gotama everywhere. This being said, don't be psyched out by a fatter ski. And a twin tip is great for more than just skiing backwards... they help with turn initiation in the trees and fresh snow (think 6" and under).

I was a level 7 skier back in the 90's (on skinny skis). Since switching to fatter, shape-ier twin tips (the Gotamas) I already feel like my abilities & confidence are miles ahead of where I left off in the 90's.

If you can, try to demo the Crossfire and then something with an 80-ish waist, and then something with a 90mm waist. You might be surprised. Demo a twin tip as well.

I haven't demoed many skis, so I'll let other people make recommendations. Good luck.
post #3 of 7
I agree w/ the gotamas. also look at the volkl mantra. I live in maine and use it for everything. holds extreamly well on ice. first day out on them was an ice rink and i was in complete control. they are also great skis for powder and crud. Also they are pretty light weight so you can really take them in the trees or throw some AT binding on them if that ever strikes your fancy.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
I want to thank you guys for the replies, I will have to look into the Mantras and the Gotamas now. Another question I had was regarding bindings, Marker I assume is still a go-to name, are integrated bindings frowned upon? Also, what are "AT" bindings?
post #5 of 7
Originally Posted by Mike_Wep View Post
Marker I assume is still a go-to name,
Not necessarily a good assumption. Do a search
post #6 of 7
I like the Crossfire: damp yet fairly stable. A real powerful ski. If you like a fairly stable, aggressive ski that can do it all, there are some great options. Probably something between 75-85mm is a good range. You won't have too many days with 3 feet of new snow out there, probably more likely to have hard snow and prefer something closer to an ice skate (speaking from the standpoint of someone who sells alot of skis to East Coast residents. The widest skis I have sold regularly for typical East Coast conditions are 88mm underfoot, people who have something wide usually have something narrower as well).

Head iM82 or iM78
Elan 82ti or 82Xti
Blizzard 8.1 or 8.7
Fischer Cool or Cold Heat
Nordica Top Fuel, Nitrous, Afterburner, or Jet Fuel
Rossi CX80
Dynastar 4x4

A Gotama may or may not work, but wouldn't be my choice. If you just ski easy, like to skid, and don't expect much out of the ski by pushing it hard, it probably is OK on hard snow. If you ski arc to arc with aggressive edge angles and are looking for an ice skate that won't cut away under pressure, I would check out the skis listed above.
post #7 of 7

i have skied my k2 crossfires for 2 or 3 seasons and love the only problem with is that the top clear sheat over the actual top sheat easily peals off after a few edge grabs after carving but..i ski only grommers and ice and they work amazingly they are easy to ski and turn but still stiff enough to grip the ice.. i am 511 and only 145 pound and im skiing them at a 177 length and at that length they fly

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