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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone, glad to be here.

Ive just been bit by the ski bug last year and I picked up the technique very quickly. I live in Michigan and skied the local slopes last year and this summer I took a trip to the Andes mts. in Chile where I skied in Valle Nevado - -good times, different levels. Very different..

Anyways, I've been looking at the Volkl Ac30's for my first pair and they have some good reviews at my local shops. I am 6'0"  200lbs (plan on getting down to 185-190 before the season) and I am a pretty aggressive carver. I can handle all blues and some blacks with ease and would consider myself a level 7 according to the ski level guide... I would like to dominate most blacks and the occasional double black.. As far as terrain parks, it would be cool to have a ski that can handle the flex but not lose too much on the groom. I don't think I will be landing switch anytime soon so twin tips are not necessary at this point=]

I like the AC30's because the bindings are not made from plastic and they are the most requested in my local shops. I plan on skiing all season so I need a pair that I can progress with and not outgrow.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 11
Hey There!

The AC30 is an excellent ski. Sounds like you love to carve. What ski are you upgrading from? Some other options to look into would be the Fischer Watea 78's and the Dynastar Contact 4x4s.
Cheers
post #3 of 11
You live in Michigan?  Just go over to Treck Chick's garage and find a pair you like .
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You live in Michigan?  Just go over to Treck Chick's garage and find a pair you like .

They're in the dining room. Better go late at night.
post #5 of 11
The AC30 is a great ski but honestly if you have only been skiing for 1 season I would recommend you checking some other options out.  The reason why I say this is because within the category that the AC30 falls under it is arguably one of the stiffest skis there.  Keeping this in mind if you are looking to advance and have a great ski to do so with you I would highly recommend that yoou check out the Nordica Nitrous.  This ski has a similar shape to the AC30 but will fit your ability great now and still perform awesome once you advance.  I can personally vouch that this ski is IMO the best ski under $1000 and will provide you with more then enough performance, it has great confidence instilling characteristics.

Cheers,
SC
post #6 of 11
From your description, I don't think you will have any problems with the AC30.   In fact if you ski as aggressively as you say, you might soon find yourself overpowering it, but that will teach you more control than a beefier ski would.  Power is useless without control.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Nice. Thanks for all the leads.  Ive been renting all my skis up until now and found that I like the semi wide waist (74-78) that can handle crud and the stiffness (AC 30) to compensate for the chatter that I have noticed with a lot of rentals I ended up with.. I've been referred to the following by my local shop:

Volkl AC30 - 50% east snow & 50% west snow
K2 Apache Recon - 40% east snow & 60% west snow
Volkl Tiger shark 10 - 60% east/40% west
Nordica Hot Rod Nitrous - 78mm 50/50 east west

I would choose the Fischer over the Dynastar just for wider waist. And I do ski aggressively so maybe the stiffness will help control my power - Cant wait till swap.. I wonder if I could get a better deal now..I saw the AC 30's going for like 550 bucks new at a nearby shop...
The Nitrous looks good too just not as stiff as the AC 30?  It seems both the Nitrous and AC30 have a high approval rating and given the choices whichever one would help me progress better is the one I will go with. Also I dont mind the stiffness if it has an adequate level of 'snappiness' to it
post #8 of 11
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I saw the AC 30's going for like 550 bucks new at a nearby shop...

 


I'm guessing this is a 2009 (or earlier) AC-30 (76 waist), not a 2010 model (80 waist).  I haven't demo'ed either one, but my understanding is that they don't ski the same.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Great tips and thanks guys .. Just went to my shop and decided to demo them out to see if I like the AC30 or the nitrous come first snowfall (which Im hoping will be in a couple of months)

Im sure I'll be back for more questions later! Thanks guys rock forth \m/
post #10 of 11
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I'm guessing this is a 2009 (or earlier) AC-30 (76 waist), not a 2010 model (80 waist).  I haven't demo'ed either one, but my understanding is that they don't ski the same.
 
And don't get it confused with an AC-3.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I will stay away from Ac3- Motion also due to my skier level being at my current level if not above it.. My goal is to improve !
Edited by doidasso - 9/26/09 at 3:07pm
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