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Thread Starter 
 Hey everyone,

have been doing some research on what new skis i want to get and came across this forum.  First off im 5ft10in about 175lbs and would consider myself to be advanced.  Im in the market for an all mountain ski, i ski pretty much all east coast, including vermont.  Right now i have rossi scratch but this past winter i blew my knee out/had surgery and im going to get out of the park for a while.  I would like i ski that is $400 or less, w no bindings, im going to transfer mine over.  I was eyeing up the k2 appache recons and almost bought them but im just not sure.  i do like me scratches because they are versitile, i can do ok in the pow with them, handle the groomers, and take them in the trees.  if you know of or can suggest some good models that would fit what i do, i would greatly appreciate it!

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From what I've heard you can't go wrong with the Line Prophet 90. They hold an edge on groomers and are super quick in the trees. Also if you want to hit the park once or twice a day they are twins but they still are definitely an all mountain ski not a park ski.

hope this helps
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 The Volkl Bridge or Mantra are the way to go for a flat ski that is good in New England. The Recon is good in the soft stuff but when it gets firmer the others will perform better. 
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There is also one of Rossi's newer skis...their S3(98mm)..may be pushing it for width but noticed good price somewhere...&$%*$$   Agree on the Bridge.
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Thread Starter 
 what about k2 extreme?
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It is easy to get lost in "whattabout" land. IMO, you should refocus on what you want and need for the conditions at hand. You should also remember what you will have a year from now when you are ready for the park again.

#1 You already have a ski that is pretty good in the park. It makes almost no sense at all, to scrap that ski in order to salvage the binding.

#2 You are not going to be in the park much for a year or so so why even consider a twin tip? Most twins are less than ideal for eastern conditions. The few that are even decent (the Bridge being among the best) are still not even close to what a good mostly hard snow biased AM ski can do for you.

So............keep what you have for the time when you are ready to get back into the park. Meanwhile, invest in a good hard snow oriented AM ski that will shine at what you can do in the near future. In the end game, you will have a great ski for park/moguls/goofing around. AND a great AM ski for most eastern conditions. If you follow your initial plan, you may save $100 but you will have neither a great park type ski nor a great AM ski.

You can buy one of the best hard snow oriented mid-fats on the market today for $479 w/bindings ('09 Blizzard Mag 8.1 or 8.7). 

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Thread Starter 
 Yeah i do agree and what you pointed out is why im having trouble deciding. eventho i used to be in the park a decent amount i cant see myself going back in the future. i tend to ski with people who do not use the park now and i really have become a better at actual skiing over the past 2-3 years. I guess my reason to cling to the twin tip idea is that i am used to my scratch but they def do lack on groomers and whatnot, but they are a fun ski and i liked them in the woods.  I guess to narrow my focus i would ski groomers/new england pow/ and some trees if that helps with making a more narrow suggestion.
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Originally Posted by Wayfarer103 View Post
................. I guess to narrow my focus i would ski groomers/new england pow/ and some trees if that helps with making a more narrow suggestion.

Groomers and "New England pow" are direct opposites as to the ski you would ideally choose. Fortunately, (depending a little on which Scratch you have) you already have a ski that is serviceable in "NEP".

So what do you get for the rest of the time?

I already made a narrow suggestion. I lived in Stowe for four years and if I were moving back, one of the two Blizzards that I mentioned would be my ain't snowed lately" choice. Both are hard snow stars but are versatile enough that they can handle eastern variable conditions and shallow NEP or crud extremely well. Naturally, there are a lot of other skis you could choose in that category.

If/when really deep snow happens, what you already have is probably fine.

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