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help me pick some NE skis

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok well since I have been away or so long I still have no idea what skis would be best for me. Ive looked around at reviews on the forums but they dont seem to help too much because I am really out of the loop and have only skied shaped skis once and that was last weekend. So I am again asking for the experts help.

Ok I am 5'11" and 175-180lbs. I ski exclusively in New England so I need a ski for groomers and ice, and something that I can cut through the trees with. I am planning a trip out west this year but it will probably not be something that happens often or ever again even. I just need something to handle everything we have in New England and is a little bit forgiving as I havent skied since 2000

I saw used pair of 06 Dynastar Contact 11's 172cm....would this be what I am looking for?

If not what do you think?

Thanks



Just want to know if this would be a good
post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by TheProdigalSkier View Post
I saw used pair of 06 Dynastar Contact 11's 172cm....would this be what I am looking for?
Yes. Excellent choice for NE and your stated needs, size etc. If the price is right, pull the trigger, get them tuned, and rip.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
damn just lost out on the auction they went for $205...ill keep looking for others.
post #4 of 9
For the record, the old 11's (which I owned for two years and wish I still did) became the Ltd's, are now the 10's. Nice all-purpose frontsider for lighter skiers who like to carve, amazingly versatile tail, great in bumps and trees. Should be others around. Some other good old 'uns for your needs include Fischer AMC 76's, Head iM77's, Volkl AC 30's.
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I have the same build as you. I am skiing on Elan Magfire 10's at 168CM and I really love them. They are heavy, but that is only an issue when you are carrying them from the car. Dogcatcher, a sponsor here, may have a left over pair or two. My second and third choices were the Head iM77's and Nordica SpeedMachine.
post #6 of 9
Two votes for the im77. Forget the 77. Get the im78. It is the ultimate NE ski. It rips groomers, does well in bumps and for the snow days up to a foot, they are perfect.
post #7 of 9
I'm about the same weight as you (a little shorter though) and ski in new england. It had been quite a while since I last skied (18 years), but I was comfortable on every difficulty level I encountered on the east coast when I stopped in college. I had asked for recommendations here last month after starting to ski again this winter, and got some good advice. I wound up getting Nordica Top Fuels from SierraJim (thanks Jim!) and so far I'm really happy with them.

I've only had one full day on the skis, but I tried to push them in as many situations as I could. They easily handled groomed manmade snow, ungroomed chunk, thick crust and whatever little bits of 4" deep powder I could find at the trail edges. I'm still getting my bearings on them, but find that turning is almost effortless compared to what I remember on my old Rossi 4SK's.

The ones I got from Jim were on sale (older model - '06 model year, i think), and I don't know how many he has left (doesn't sound like much), but from what I read in your other post a few days ago, it sounds like you and I might have similar needs so it might be worth looking at these.

My only complaint about the skis is that they're kind of heavy. But then, when they're on the snow I didn't notice that at all. I'm talking more about carrying them around.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Scott K View Post
I have the same build as you. I am skiing on Elan Magfire 10's at 168CM and I really love them. They are heavy, but that is only an issue when you are carrying them from the car. Dogcatcher, a sponsor here, may have a left over pair or two. My second and third choices were the Head iM77's and Nordica SpeedMachine.

I second the Magfire 10s...
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Originally Posted by nikonfme View Post
Two votes for the im77. Forget the 77. Get the im78. It is the ultimate NE ski. It rips groomers, does well in bumps and for the snow days up to a foot, they are perfect.

I'll second the IM78...
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