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Need some ski advice, been out of the game for a while...

post #1 of 10
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Hello all... finally found a good ski forum!

My Stats:

Age= 29

Weight= 290 and dropping (down 50 pounds in the past 6 months)

Height= 5'7"

Experience= I started skiing in high school and have skiied Whistler, Snowbird, Deer Valley, Canyons and all the blacks at those places. I love carving it up and long turns are my favorite.. really laying it over, etc. I like to go fast and charge and am aggressive. I live in NE Ohio, so most of my skiing is crappy, although I do make it to NY quite a bit. I am sure 95% of my skiing will be East Coast.

Current Equip= I have a 11 year old pair of Volkl Cross Rangers that were all the rage back then and that I had to sell a kidney to afford when I was 17! I actually bent these skis though on my first outing this year!... so hence the need for ski shopping.


So I guess I am looking for an all-mountain ski... or at least as much that is needed on the east coast.. hence it doesn't need to have powder prowess, just all round good ski for everything else. I demo'ed a pair of Volkl AC50 yesterday and really liked it, but I have nothing to compare it to really. Also I really don't want to drop a grand on a pair of skis right now (but will if I have to) so if there are any closeouts from last year that are good throw them my way too!

Thanks a million,
Josh
post #2 of 10
Welcome to Epic and congrats on the weight loss! At your size you are going to need to be looking at some pretty stiff skis. Head and Volkl make some pretty stout suff and are a good place to start.

Head Monster IM78 or IM82 for all mountain might be a good place to start. If most of your skiing is really going to be out here in the east you may want to look less at all mountain and more at a good carving ski. You can always add a wider ski later or demo when you go out west.

Good luck with your search!

Mike
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks MikeC, I will check those out. What about the Fischer Cool Heats? I found those for a good price on ebay.

-Josh
post #4 of 10
Haven't skied the Cool Heat, but lots of people here like them a lot. I have skied a number of other Fischer skis and have liked them all.

Mike
post #5 of 10
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Haven't skied the Cool Heat, but lots of people here like them a lot. I have skied a number of other Fischer skis and have liked them all.

Mike
I am trying to search and found some good info on them.. but do you know if they are considered a stiff ski?
post #6 of 10
Yes, I think they are pretty stiff. Check out Dawgcatching's review of these skis. Cold heat is even stiffer than the Cool heat I think.

Mike
post #7 of 10
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Anyone else have any recommendations? Any bigger guys?
post #8 of 10
Stockli. Blizzard.

Good skis for bigger guys.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Stockli. Blizzard.

Good skis for bigger guys.
I am not really familiar with the models they offer.. any suggestions? Hopefully last years ski so I can pick it up discounted.

Thanks,
Josh
post #10 of 10
Cool Heat is a great choice. It is a versatile, powerful all-mountain ski that gives little away to a true carver on hardpack. I would recommend it for a good skier. Cold Heat is pretty similar, although the Cool heat has more energy. Blizzard, Stockli: not sure what is available, especially for $350 with bindings. You won't likely find a Stockli that cheap, but if you could, the XXL is a good mid-width ski. Step up to $500 w/bindings and there is a lot of good product on the market.

If I needed a versatile frontside ski, the Cool Heat would be a great choice though, and at those prices, they are giving them away. I bet it was a bit too strong for most skiers: the thing needed very good technique to come alive, and wasn't for a skidder: you either carve it, or it hooks up and takes you for a ride.
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