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Best all moutain ski?

post #1 of 18
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sort of a noob question. I am an intermediate to expert skier (I race and have skied all my life in the east). I have mostly skied race stock skis my whole like and I am thinking I need more of an all mountain ski. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 18
Um first off use the search function I can't count the number of times this has been discussed. Second the "all-mountain" ski you would want to consider totally depends on what you want to do "most" of the time. Do you want a ski that performs better on-piste or off? Moguls or groomers? What about park?
post #3 of 18
Salomon Tornado Ti, nuf said.
post #4 of 18
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Sometimes you will have less search/demo cycles, sometimes you will have more. tossing it out there without much info on a skiing forum won't get ya much. You'd probably be better off here
post #5 of 18
A lot of it depends on which mountain.
post #6 of 18
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Sometimes you will have less search/demo cycles, sometimes you will have more. tossing it out there without much info on a skiing forum won't get ya much. You'd probably be better off here
Yes, very true
post #7 of 18
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Yes, very true
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
A lot of it depends on which mountain.
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post
search
demo
search
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buy
ski

Sometimes you will have less search/demo cycles, sometimes you will have more. tossing it out there without much info on a skiing forum won't get ya much. You'd probably be better off here
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Salomon Tornado Ti, nuf said.
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
Um first off use the search function I can't count the number of times this has been discussed. Second the "all-mountain" ski you would want to consider totally depends on what you want to do "most" of the time. Do you want a ski that performs better on-piste or off? Moguls or groomers? What about park?
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Originally Posted by King Kong View Post
sort of a noob question. I am an intermediate to expert skier (I race and have skied all my life in the east). I have mostly skied race stock skis my whole like and I am thinking I need more of an all mountain ski. Any suggestions?
Aw, what the heck. I'll give you the answer...

Head iM82 if you do most of your skiing in the east.

Head iM88 if you do most of your skiing in the west.

Don't bother with the search function or demoing or giving us any information about where/what you ski. One of the above two options will solve your problem.
post #8 of 18
I love my Head iM82, best all around recreational, just want to have fun, cruise, cut the crud, fast/slow ski I have been on. It cures warts, fits, cough, cold and runny nose. Makes child birth a pleasure and conception a wonder.
post #9 of 18
Don't own the 82 but do own the 88, and of my quiver of 5 pairs of skis, they are my favorite...and I am on the ice-coast. I am an aggressive skier, so they work fine for me.

I don't mind talking about this everyday because these skis have brought much new excitement to my 'game'.
post #10 of 18
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Aw, what the heck. I'll give you the answer...

Head iM82 if you do most of your skiing in the east.

Head iM88 if you do most of your skiing in the west.

Don't bother with the search function or demoing or giving us any information about where/what you ski. One of the above two options will solve your problem.
Like he said but just to confuse you the Nordica Jetfuels may rock your world on and off piste also.
I skied the tornado and liked the Furry way better for me. I haven't skied my nordicas yet just bought them today. Try tomorrow.
You cant go wrong with Nordica and Head they are built to last!! If its way to light be careful what you get they may not last near as long. BTW thats my point of view anyway. I like wood core skis only. Ive been searching for two months many hours a day testing and interneting and it came down to the IM88 and the Nordica hot Rod series for best of both worlds. 50/50 or 60/40ish. Ice to powder low to mid 80,s waist with lots of side cut is the key IMO.
You wont find a bad review on the nordica Jet fuels with Titanium or the IM88 for that matter.
I must say though they are both on ridiculous year end sales right now so you better hurry they are almost all gone thats how good they are! $1100+ skis for 499-699 if you can find one.
Good Luck.
post #11 of 18
Completely agree that the SEARCH function is woefully underused, but here's what you should search for -

Heads (as already mentioned)
Nordica Top Fuel and Jet Fuel
Volkl AC30/AC40
Dynastar 8000 and Mythic Riders (my favs)

Now, try the SEARCH function for each of those and see what turns up.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
Completely agree that the SEARCH function is woefully underused, but here's what you should search for -

Heads (as already mentioned)
Nordica Top Fuel and Jet Fuel
Volkl AC30/AC40
Dynastar 8000 and Mythic Riders (my favs)

Now, try the SEARCH function for each of those and see what turns up.
Dude you obviously didn't SEARCH, you forgot PEs.

I don't really think we are providing the answer the OP was looking for, unfortunately its an impossible question to answer.

Do you think the guys at TGR would be better able to answer this??
post #13 of 18
Well, with no additional information, I'll go ahead and throw a plug in for my one ski quiver, Movement Thunder. They rip everywhere and i have a blast skiing them from the trees at Jay to the Montana powder and any bumps and groomers in between. Just a fantastic ski all around. I like to go fast and so do they.
post #14 of 18
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Dude you obviously didn't SEARCH, you forgot PEs.

I don't really think we are providing the answer the OP was looking for, unfortunately its an impossible question to answer.

Do you think the guys at TGR would be better able to answer this??
Yup, PE's would also be a good entry for this question, and sadly about the ONLY K2 answer in the midfat catagory.

Given the question, the OP's actually gotten some good answers, and certainly TGR would be a wonderful place to ask this question - probably in the Ski forum - they're always happy to help a noobie JONG. Has the OP ever considered snowblades? Always a good TGR question.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
Completely agree that the SEARCH function is woefully underused, but here's what you should search for -

Heads (as already mentioned)
Nordica Top Fuel and Jet Fuel
Volkl AC30/AC40
Dynastar 8000 and Mythic Riders (my favs)

Now, try the SEARCH function for each of those and see what turns up.
All great sugestions, but if he's an intermediate level ex-racer who only skied on race-stock skis, He should get Fischer Watea 94 for west coast or Fischer Watea 78 for east coast. I've never skied them, but when I plugged in "intermediate level ex-racer all-mountain " into Google, that's what it comes up with.
post #16 of 18
king kong...

Get yourself the Head iM78, or the Blizzard 8.7 magnum....in the appropriate length....
The iM78 will be cheaper, but Trek chick has an almost new pair of 8.7s in gear swap for a great price....

Ignore all other advice , and go ski...

done and DONE!!
post #17 of 18
I have a feeling that King Kong is being modest with his ability level (int-exp, ex racer). Let's split the difference and call him "advanced."

Anyways, it's hard to go wrong with a Nordy Top Fuel or Jet Fuel.

Dennis
post #18 of 18
Just go for Salomon X-Wing Tornado Ti. if you are an average all-mountain skier that uses the ski for 60% piste and the rest off-piste- IT WORKS GREAT, and will not let you down, and even give you great fun on the piste.
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