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post #1 of 13
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I am buying my first pair of skis.  I have been skiing forever but I always just rented performance skis for the season.  I am in college in Maine so I am skiing the east but I want a pair of skis that will both rip down east groomers and crud but also ski back bowls and glades in the west.  I am a good skier and go out west once a year and ski everything out there.  I am looking at the elan magfire 82, salomon xw fury, and nordica helldivers.  If anyone has additional suggestions or ideas let me know.
post #2 of 13
I would prob go with the Salomon fury...i have never skied them but i have heard they are just insane. Also you might want to consider a ski like the Line Prophet 100. Its a great all Mt. ski and it will definitley give yout the float you want out west.
post #3 of 13
Do you want an eastern ski that works reasonably well in the west?

OR.....

A western ski that works reasonably well in the east?


SJ

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
An eastern ski that'll work out west.  I'll ski out west 1-2 trips a year.  I'll ski east through the winter though.
post #5 of 13
OK, the skis on your list could work. I'm not a fan of the HD in general but still it could be in the hunt. The Elan is smoother and more damp than the Fury but the Fury is more energetic. Both have decent grip for eastern conditions so there's a preference thing for you.

OTH....If I still lived in Stowe but traveled to the west occasionally, I'd consider a Blizzard Mag 8.1 or 8.7. Here are links to a review that I wrote on each one last spring.

Blizzard Mag 8.1:shop.starthaus.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp

Blizzard Mag 8.7: shop.starthaus.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp

SJ
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help.  Are there any twin tips that would fit this mix of skis that anyone knows of?  I know that twin tips don't necessarily satisfy my needs but just wanted to see if there were any out there.
post #7 of 13
The Atomic Nomad Savage could also be thrown in that mix... a lot of the same characteristics as the skis mentioned above but Austrian.

As far as twins go... you'll loose a little stiffness in the tail when you move to a twin. Twins are great for speed management but poor for powering out of turns. One option...the Salomon Dumont is 85mm under the foot (close to the Fury 86mm) and built like a race ski. Once you get over the fact that it's a marketed as a park & pipe ski...it's tonnes of fun! Buttery turns, great edge grip and stability at high speeds. Good all mountain ski, for the eastern conditions.

A couple other wider twins that are nice...Volkl Mantra,  Atomic Bent Chetler, and Salomon Shogun.
post #8 of 13
Besides the Volkl Mantra (no mystery I'm a fan) take a look at the Volkl Bridge. 
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Drewski88 View Post



A couple other wider twins that are nice...Volkl Mantra,  Atomic Bent Chetler, and Salomon Shogun.



 

Mantra is not a twin. Bent Chetler is tip and tail rockered, early taper at both ends and would not be described as an eastern ski. Shogun is a twin has a small early rise, would best be described as a western ski that might scrape by in the east.

SJ
post #10 of 13
SJ; you are right, the Mantra is not considered a twin even though the tip is turned up.  But I don't think SBM27 was asking about a park ski, just a ski that would be great out west and he could use in the east.  That being said, their a a "lot" of skies to choose from. 
post #11 of 13
He was asking about a twin, that implies both ends turned up not just one. He was also asking about an eastern ski that will work out west not the opposite.

SJ
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by SBM27 View Post

Thanks for the help.  Are there any twin tips that would fit this mix of skis that anyone knows of?  I know that twin tips don't necessarily satisfy my needs but just wanted to see if there were any out there.
You don't mention your size but a K2 Extreme in either a 174 or 179 might just work out nicely.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am going to need about 162.  I am 5' 5" and about 160lbs
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