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post #1 of 11
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First a little background info. I'm 5'8", 150#. Been skiing for about 16 years, consider myself an advanced-intermediate skier. Skied the east coast with straight skis for most of those 16 years, took about an 6 year break, moved to the south and now take 1-2 trips per year to out west. I've seen some ability rating system from other posters here but am not sure where that is coming from so I don't know how I'd rate myself. On a scale of 10 I'd guess I'm around a 7.

I ski all sorts of terrain but am best at groomers in terms of my technique. I am trying to improve my abilities off-piste and in deeper snow now that I'm getting accustomed to western ski resorts and am looking for a ski that can help me do that but will still be fun on the groomers. I can ski most single black diamonds (including off-piste) comfortably, but unless the snow is right I know my form needs some work. I struggle with powder days because I have so little experience. I can get through unscathed, but it's usually at a slow pace and doesn't look real pretty.

On my two most recent trips I've rented K2 recons and Dynastar Legend 8000s. I'm not certain on the size of the K2s but the 8k was a 165, I think the K2 was close to the same. Of these two I highly preferred the 8k, it felt more stable at higher speeds. I seemed to get some chatter towards the front of the K2 that I didn't get with the 8k. It's hard for me to explain other reasons why I liked it better since I haven't been on a wide variety of the newer shaped skis but I definitely liked the 8k.

I'm headed to Alta/Bird in 3 weeks and am trying to decide what to rent. I'm considering getting the 8k again but in a 172 to help a little bit in deeper snow. I'm open to other suggestions though which is the point of this long post. Thanks!
post #2 of 11
Your post sounds alot like my situation, I posted a similar request in "What skis to demo?" and although I am taller and heavier I am getting some good feedback about the Mythic Rider.
post #3 of 11
well at 1-2 trips a year depending on how many days they are I would suggest buying some skis. I know that rental at Copper for those types are around $40-$50 so if u went on two four day trips you'd spend somewhere between $120-$200 and would pay off the skis in 2 or three seasons. Besides owning your own skis might give you an incentive to get ina few more days of skiing .

As far as renting goes you might be interested in the High Society FR . They are twin tips but I think that they are a great all mountain ski and with a 93mm waist will give u a little help in the powder and off-piste snow.
post #4 of 11
You should put a word in on the No Love for K2 thread. Most who like K2's (IMO) haven't been on anything better - you have, now you no why there's not much love.

In any case, I'm in Utah now, and have my 8k's and Mythic's with me. OK, the snow's marginal (like really good least coast conditions), and it's not forecase to snow again until next week, but still the Mythic's are the ski to have - even now. Make sure you can rent the Mythic's - If you liked the 8K's (and you'd be nuts not to), the Mythic's will become your new love.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
well at 1-2 trips a year depending on how many days they are I would suggest buying some skis. I know that rental at Copper for those types are around $40-$50 so if u went on two four day trips you'd spend somewhere between $120-$200 and would pay off the skis in 2 or three seasons. Besides owning your own skis might give you an incentive to get ina few more days of skiing .
I would love to own my own skis again, but it's just not practical for me (yet). The norm is usually one 3-4 day trip per year, this year may be the exception with 3 trips and 10+ days total. If that were the norm I would consider buying. However with $15 airline fees for checking skis and the cost of skis I just think it will take too long to make it worthwhile. This also doesn't factor in the added benefit of getting nearly new equipment for every trip if I continue to rent. Who knows, I may change my mind because I have the itch again, after a 6 year hiatus.
post #6 of 11
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Another poster in another thread mentioned the MR may be too stiff for my weight, despite the excellent reviews. Any other ideas? I've also been reading up on the Snoop Daddy. I have read some good things about some Volkl skis here but I haven't done much homework on them yet. At a glance it looks like the AC30 and AC50 may be a good fit, with the AC30 being similar to the Lengend 8k and the AC50 being more like the Mythic Rider.
post #7 of 11
You can use the 168 or 172 Mythic without a problem.

The AC's are more on-piste, the Legends allow more diversity off-piste.

If you're really considering the AC's, I'd also seriously look at the Nordica Hot Rod series.
post #8 of 11
Given your weight, I'd try a Salomon XW Fury in a 170 (or 177 if you like to bomb). It's 85mm in the waist & is a blast both on-piste and off. It should be easier to find in a demo than some of the other skis mentioned here.
post #9 of 11

old school

why don't you get a nice set of older strait skis and try those out west.

i guarentee it will help your game, the next time you put a shaped ski on.

you find great old pairs on ebay like volants ect.

this way you'll be able to see what you've been getting away with the shaped ski, and work on it.

how long has it been since you skied a strait ski?
post #10 of 11
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The last time I was on my old straight skis would have been around 1999-2000. Then I took a break until 2007 and have gone on one trip per year since. This winter I will take 2 trips, possibly 3. I don't know if I'd ever want to go back to those old skis, carving is so much easier on the new ones.
post #11 of 11

shaped

You should enjpy yourself, I was just suggesting take a run or two in your old skis then click in to your rentals. You will ski so much better . You will see how it should be done or remember how to set a proper edge. Then apply it to your modern shaped skis
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