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Recommend a ski for beginer learning to be intermediate

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

 

Glad I found this forum. I am a beginner and can ski comfortably in blue, but want to improve to ski in easy black. I just want to "cruise" on the slopes (not very fast) and enjoy the scenery, and am not an adventrous type.

 

I am 5'9'' and 150 lbs. I live in NYC, so I ski mostly in hard-packed terrain. 

 

Which one below suits me the best, or any other suggestions? The differences among them are mostly with or without titanium enforcement. Do you guys think I need to have titanium, which is heavier?  

 

1. Rossignol Z6

2. Rossignol Z10

3. Salomon XW 8

4. Salomon XW 10

5. Salomon XW Cyclone

6. K2 Apache Raider

7. K2 Apache Recon

 

Also, should I consider a 154cm or 162cm?

 

Thanks so much!

Kevin


Edited by kgkg - 4/10/2009 at 03:29 pm GMT


Edited by kgkg - 4/10/2009 at 09:28 pm GMT
post #2 of 9

Trick question.    What kind of boots do you own?

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

My boots are 2008 Salomon Mission 7.

post #4 of 9

How much distance do you have behind your heel when you stand in the empty shell of the boot (no socks, no liner)?

 

Quick, off the top of your head, no checking.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Do you mean the distance between my heel and the inner shell of my boots? If so, I feel it would be about half an inch.

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Originally Posted by DtEW View Post

How much distance do you have behind your heel when you stand in the empty shell of the boot (no socks, no liner)?

 

Quick, off the top of your head, no checking.



 


Edited by kgkg - 4/10/2009 at 03:30 pm GMT
post #6 of 9

Yes, that's what I meant.  I just wanted to check if you had well-fitting boots (and the first step was the shell sizing; anything else is impossible to communicate by web), which is the first and unquestionably the most important equipment choice for a beginner to make.  A 1/2" shell-fit for a non-race boot sounds fine.

 

Can't help you much with skis, unfortunately.  Home terrain here is Lake Tahoe, which is soft soft soft.

 

I do think 154cm is too short (regardless of terrain) for somebody 5'9" and 140lbs, though.  When I (5'8", 155lbs.) used to live down in SoCal (which AFAIK has more terrain/condition commonality with the EC than Tahoe), I was already over-skiing 155cm slalom carvers  (and these are supposed to be skied short, and have a long effective edge for their length).

post #7 of 9

As long as you have well fitted boots, I would go with 162cm especially considering that these are intermediate skis and won't be overly stiff imo.  A stiffer ski will get better edge grip on hardpack as a rule of thumb. 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks! So any skis above will be an okay choice, as long as the boots are fit. Does titanium enforcement matter? Will titanium be too heavy and more difficult for me to learn to the next level? 

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Originally Posted by kelly001 View Post

As long as you have well fitted boots, I would go with 162cm especially considering that these are intermediate skis and won't be overly stiff imo.  A stiffer ski will get better edge grip on hardpack as a rule of thumb. 



 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, how about Salomon X-Wing Cyclone Skis / Z10 Ti Bindings @ 158cm? REI has it on sale for $245. How does it compare to Rossignol Z10 or Volkl AC20/30 and others?

 

Thanks a lot!

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