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help with ski choice for the upcoming season

post #1 of 10
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hi--i recently moved from NY to CA and am excited to have a Squaw pass for next season.  I'm looking to buy a new pair of skis (maybe a year or two old to save $$) but need some suggestions.  Like I said, I'll be mostly at Squaw, skiing everything not groomed.  I like the trees and steep technical lines.  I really want something to handle the heavier snow and crud b/c I've found that to be the biggest difficulty with my present set-up.  I have a sweet deal on a pair of Elan m777's but want some advice before pulling the trigger.  Any help would be great thx.
post #2 of 10
There are so many options...I guess I can try to help you narrow it down.  Given that you plan on skiing mostly off-piste, it seems to me that you want a ski in the 100-115 width range.  The amount of choices in this category are ridiculous.  If you like trees, then you'll need something fairly fast turning.  How much performance are you willing to sacrifice on the groomers?  Do you want rocker...are you willing to consider reverse camber etc?  
post #3 of 10
I have lived in Tahoe full time for 22 of the last 30 years, worked @ Squaw for 5 years, and manage a ski shop so I can ski on about anything I want. I ski about 70-80% off the trails and If I were to choose one pair (god forbid) I doubt that it would be over 95mm or so and it would be fairly conventional.

Contrary to popular belief, everyday is not a powder day or even a crud day in Tahoe. In fact last year, we had a stretch where it didn't snow over a dusting (except maybe once) from Dec 26 to about Feb 5 or 6. I skied skis of every imaginable shape, width and configuration during that time. Generally, I liked skis in the 85-95mm range the best during that period. I skied about 12-15 pr of 100mm+ skis last season and many of them were variations on the Rockered theme. I liked one rockered ski well enough to buy it, but among the four skis I got last year, that one would be the first to go.

So.........................
  • Is this new ski going to be your only ski?
  • If not, what else will you have?
  • What is your weight, height, age and honest appraisal of your ability?
  • How many days will you ski? and how much experience do you have with big mountains?
  • Relative to most other skiers on big mountains where does your aggressiveness level fall?
  • Do you have any interest in the park? riding switch?
  • Would you prioritize speed and stability over finesse and manuverability or vice versa?
 
If you were looking at skis on the rack in our shop, these are the questions I'd ask before I suggested anything at all.

SJ
post #4 of 10
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I liked one rockered ski well enough to buy it, but among the four skis I got last year, that one would be the first to go.

OKAY I am intrigued, & while you're at it what where the others?
Thanks,
JF
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post


OKAY I am intrigued, & while you're at it what where the others?
Thanks,
JF

 

Uhhhhhhh.............the other what?

The others I got last year?
The other Rockered skis?
The other 100mm skis?

Hep me out a little..........

SJ
post #6 of 10
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Uhhhhhhh.............the other what?

The others I got last year?
The other Rockered skis?
The other 100mm skis?

Hep me out a little..........

SJ
 
Sorry, I was referring to the 4 pair you owned last year.
Thanks,

JF
post #7 of 10
Oh...................OK

Rossi S7/188
Dynastar Huge Trouble/185
Blizzard Argos/180
Fischer Watea 84/184

Of course that doesn't count several other favorites that sorta lived in my car during my days off but weren't really mine (exactly)............

SJ
post #8 of 10
Thanks SJ,
I was looking at the 7S last year, but thought it was a bit much for my needs... Maybe down the road sometime.  It is great to get input from someone like you, who gets to compare a lot of different skis.

This thread may now return to its normal evolution.
JF
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for the help...

so i'm 6' 160#
been on skis my whole life and would say i ski agressively compare to most on the mountain.  no park intrest.  this will be my primary ski and probably ski thirty times or so this season (4 hr commute to squaw).   

c
post #10 of 10
OK..................the category of 85-95 (ish) mm skis is my favorite and it is where we start the discussion when talking to someone like yourself in the store. We may end up somewhere else, but that's the starting point. Then we'd look at the range of flexes available and for your weight and the length you'd probably be looking at. I'd start with medium flex skis in the high 170's.

Such as................

Dynastar Sultan 85
Blizzi Cronus
Fischer Watea 94
Volkl Bridge

I doubt that I'd suggest softer, but you may want to go stiffer. If so, going incrementally stiffer would  go something like this.....

Nordica Enforcer
Blizzi Atlas
Volkl Mantra

SJ
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