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Suggestions on ski's I should try and rent for this years trip? 6'4" 210lbs blue to blacks in Central, CO

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Looking for suggestions on what ski's I should try and rent this season.  I'm really hoping for a demo day during the trip but that would be too lucky...

I will have my own boots finally and want to get better at the bumps and black runs.

6'4", 210lb's and athletic.  I love speed but I want to learn the bumps a bit better this year like I said. 

I haven't chosen the resort but know I will be on a mountain in the Denver area Feb 6th and 7th.  I also hope to make another trip to Durango Mountain or Taos. 
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mstang1988; The question is, what do you want to ski?  If you go with a big mountain ski than 90 mm to 110 mm underfoot would be great.  If you're looking for a 50/50 ski than under 90 mm underfoot is great.  Frankly their are a lot of choices out their and everyone will give you their opinion of what they like, which does not mean you'll like it.  First, pick up Ski or Skiing mag and check out the top rated skis, this will give you some idea of what's out their.  If you really want to work on the bumps out west, then stick to under 90 mm and take a lesson.  The problem with people who like to go fast is that when you're learning bumps you really shouldn't go that fast.  Once you're technique is improved you can steadily pick up speed. 
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Hi,

Bob4snow is right, get a lesson and speak to the instructor before hand, to tell him what your looking for.

But, if want something to read up on, try one of the Rossignol Bandits (maybe the sc???).

They're not my cup of tea, but I have a mate about your size who has them, and he's pleased.
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 As somebody who skis almost exclusively in the West (Tahoe, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming) I'll say that a ski in the 95-105mm range is pretty damn near perfect for every day conditions that we get out here. I ski either a 94mm or 99mm as my every day ski. So, i think you can get away with something "that wide" for 50/50 (my Colorado buddies laughed their a$$es off when i was able to lay railroad trenches on my 188 Lib Tech skis, which are 99mm with a 130 tip...this was after they had been telling me that i needed to be on something shorter and skinnier).

honestly, though it really depends on your skill set. the aforementioned buddies of mine in Colo all ski stuff in the 69-88mm range as their every day and pow skis. i think these are way too skinny, but then they rip on them, so who am i too judge?

while not the Bible by any stretch, i find that reading the Gear Guides from Ski, Skiing, Powder, Freeskier, and other magazines can help in narrowing down what you might be interested in trying. When i was in demo mode 5 seasons ago that's what i did. i poured over the magazines and began making a list of the skis that sounded like they fit my bill. then i got out and tried some of them. to me that's the best way to go about it. again, you have to have a pretty clear idea of what you like/want from a ski (do you want an overall stiff ski? do you want a damp ski? do you want a turny ski? do you want something that will float in powder but also rail groomers?). once you can articulate what you like and dislike then narrowing down what skis to try becomes easier.
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Thanks for the suggestions.  I would love to learn from an instructor and may take that option while I'm there or my next trip.  For now I at least slow down on the bumps, probably too much. 

I think I will do some demo'ing and figure out what I like and what I want! 
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