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WHICH SKIS FOR 1ST JH TRIP

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1st ever trip skiing outside new england is planned for 2/3/09 through 2/7 to jhmr. i am hoping for some guidance / sugesstions / advice chosing which 1 or 2 pair to take, from the skis i have available. i am 55 years old, 5' 10", 210 lbs. (naked...unknown with all clothes/gear on) and been getting down some of what's in mass, vt, and nh for many of the last 50 years. i can get down most everything with out much trouble, am occaisionally anxious pushing off something steep and icy...but ok once going, never required base layer replacement. what i'm considering:

-new to me..the original atomic powder plus , 180 cm..with 614 atomic ride bindings mounted with the original ess var brakes used..placed on the off centered markings for my boot sole length...i tried these at okemo last week in the hardpack/icy groomers and was able to get down fine but found them extraordinarily PONDEROUS. they made switching to my every day skis a joy.

-177 atomic r:ex... my every day ski

-185 atomic m:ex

-186 and 192 dynastar atv 4x4...former every day skis

-186 dynastar powertrac 4x4...the only experience i've ever had floating in champaigne powder, 8"-12" several years ago at burke mt., were on these skis.

-194 or 195 dynastar bigs-the 95mm waisted ones...no 'nobis' graphics..2000-2001 probably

all these skis are mounted with atomic race, ride, xentrix, or neox bindings, so, i have a little fore/aft adjustement ability, if that's helpful.....appreciating any time anyone spends offering opinions to help...john w.
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Here's a little tip about the TGR forums... it's self-moderating over there. If you post something in the wrong sub-forum, you'll get a hazing. Post your question up in the "tech talk" forum and you'll get some meaningful advice.

That said, I'll throw my $0.02 in here. I'd bring whatever ski you are the most comfortable with. There is no guarantee of powder.You could spend your whole trip on groomers, so why not have the ski you like best for that, and if it does snow a lot, you can always demo/rent some pow friendly boards.

Frankly, none of the skis you listed are what you want in a powder ski. If you had said that you were a hard charger, strong, aggressive, blah, blah, then I'd say bring the Powder Pluses. Since you said that you can "get down most everything with out much trouble" I'd say the PPs are probably too stiff for you, and the same goes for the big/nobis (which IIRC is narrower than 95mm).

The 4x4s are fun, but again, not anything other than groomer skis by today's standard. The R:EX is a fun ski for going fast, but for blower it sucks. Too much camber.

If you get lucky on the snow/forecast, call ahead to get a rental/demo lined up. Let them know what type of ski you want rather than a specific ski. There are all sorts of new designs, i.e. reverse sidecut, rocker, and hybrids of both. If that's too over the top there are lots of fat straight (i.e. not too deep a sidecut) skis without much camber for you to try as well. Lots of shops will let you take a different ski everyday for one price (or more than one per day).
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Originally Posted by pisteoff View Post
Here's a little tip about the TGR forums... it's self-moderating over there. If you post something in the wrong sub-forum, you'll get a hazing. Post your question up in the "tech talk" forum and you'll get some meaningful advice
Heh...you did catch a little flak... Easiest thing to do since you aren't living there and don't know what else to do - RENT. I find almost anything in the Atomic ski line you mentioned PONDEROUS - especially the ones you own.
post #4 of 6
I would leave all those at home.
post #5 of 6
Bring your everyday skis and then rent/demo something fatter if it snows. That R:EX is a very good all-around ski.
post #6 of 6
Bring your everydays and then demo the K2 Extreme at Pepi Stieglers and then if it snows demo the Obsethed from Jack Dennis in Teton village...wish I was going too
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