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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
 Hey eveyone,
      
So here's the deal:  I'm looking to buy a new pair of skis for this years race season.  I am a college student on the east coast looking for something that could be useful to a second year racer.  I have skied for the last 8 years or so and am thinking it's time to graduate to a new pair.

If anyone has some suggestions it would be greatly appreciated!!

BTW, I am a female skiing GS and SL and trying to carry my team.

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
It is late looking for race stock skis. But check with your local shop to see what race program they may have. Many shops do just race days, but a few do stock race skis. There are many factors in picking what you may want, where you race,your wieght, how much you want to spend. what boot are you in?
post #3 of 14
IF.....you want race stock skis, that's no problem. We carry race stock skis from Atomic, Blizzard, Dynastar, Fischer, Head, Nordica, Rossignol, and Volkl. The natural choice for a Slalom Ski is a 155. A GS could be a 175-183 although the usual choice for your age is on the longer side there. If you experienced enough and good enough to be racing on typical FIS type courses, that type of ski is the logical choice.

IF....You are not at that level and/or will be racing more recreational level courses, then a race stock (FIS level ski) won't be necessary or even advisable. If that is the case, we don't stock that type of ski.

SJ
post #4 of 14
 What level do you race? I assume it isn't Div I or you wouldn't be asking this question. What skis are you on now? Are you looking for a "two-event ski"? I have a pair of 180cm Head WC iSpeeds that need a new home. They were used for half a season of racing before I broke myself last year.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
 Backroom... the boots I'm using right now are Solomon Ellipse, womens.  I'm also looking to upgrade my boots but one step at a time

SierraJim... I will definitely look into the race stock skis and see what looks interesting.  Unfortunently, I'm pretty sure that I will be more in the second category, given that our division is the south east division.  Would any of your race stock skis be good for normal recreational skiing because I would love a versitile ski that I can use when I'm out skiing in CO with friends?!  

Epic... My ski team is actually just a club sport that races in the USCSA.  Right now I'm on Fisher Vision 30, 155 cm.  A decent ski for when I was younger but a little out of date now.  And yes a "two-event" ski would be preferable!!  And those skis sound good but I think they maybe a little long for me, I'm only 5'6'' and 140 (and most people won't say their own weight...).

I had a friend tell me to get some Volkl Tigersharks.  I was looking at their 10 ft without the power switch, 161cm.  Any opinions?

And thanks again!
post #6 of 14
Race ski are for racing not free sking, if you can have 2 sets. Check what shop around offer race team pricing( you will save a lot). If you do not need race stock look at Fisher RX8 PRO under $600.00 for ski, and binding. great dual event ski. But not in race program pricing.
http://www.fischerskis.com/en/products_ski.php5?parent=50381&show=detail&id_product=18863

Get a good boot first, find a boot fitter. Your boot can be used for both racing, or free sking. At your size you should flex any woman's race boot. Base on the shape of your foot, you need to pick the right boot, but look at Lange's Competite. As you said first things first, get a boot first.
post #7 of 14
 SierraJim has the Nordica Firefox in 162 at an insane price. That might be your two-event ski.
post #8 of 14
Funny, when I logged in this AM I was thinking I was going to suggest that ski along with a boot upgrade. (possibly a 100 flex Jr race boot depending on foot shape).

However, ya'll are on it already. (link sent via PM)

SJ
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by hokietoski View Post

 Backroom... the boots I'm using right now are Solomon Ellipse, womens.  I'm also looking to upgrade my boots but one step at a time

SierraJim... I will definitely look into the race stock skis and see what looks interesting.  Unfortunently, I'm pretty sure that I will be more in the second category, given that our division is the south east division.  Would any of your race stock skis be good for normal recreational skiing because I would love a versitile ski that I can use when I'm out skiing in CO with friends?!  

Epic... My ski team is actually just a club sport that races in the USCSA.  Right now I'm on Fisher Vision 30, 155 cm.  A decent ski for when I was younger but a little out of date now.  And yes a "two-event" ski would be preferable!!  And those skis sound good but I think they maybe a little long for me, I'm only 5'6'' and 140 (and most people won't say their own weight...).

I had a friend tell me to get some Volkl Tigersharks.  I was looking at their 10 ft without the power switch, 161cm.  Any opinions?

And thanks again!

You can't use a dual event ski in USCSA. USCSA follows USSA regulations, which means you need a ski that conforms for GS and a ski that conforms for SL.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
 Really??  huh... are u saying that to ski in the USCSA you need two different skis?!?!  interesting....
post #11 of 14
are you sure?
post #12 of 14
 From the USCSA rules pdf:
Quote:
 
USCSA alpine competitions shall be governed by the most current edition 
of  the  following  rule  books;  USCSA  Alpine  Rules,  USSA  Alpine 
Competition Rules pertaining  to scored JI, JII and Sr. events. (Not USSA 
Masters  rules)  and  the  FIS  (ICR).  USCSA  alpine  competitions  shall  be 
governed  first  by  the USCSA  rules,  second,  in  all  areas  not  specifically 
covered, the USSA Alpine Competition rules shall be used, and third, in all 
areas not specifically covered the FIS (ICR) shall be used.
post #13 of 14

There are a number of threads related to this subject on this site. My advice would be to check with the kids who competed last year, and to check if necessary with the southeast division. There should be contact info on the USCSA site. I would suggest a conversation. The USCSA is a huge group, with a wide spectrum of ski racing. RTTT is likely familiar with the best division in New England, including Colby-Sawyer {last years men's national champs}, Plymouth State, BC, etc. All full funded varsity teams with good coaches and racers. In the west you have some great varsity programs, such as Sierra Nevada, and Westminster. These teams occasionally have skiers who have had world cup starts. The USCSA has no age restrictions for eligibility, unlike the NCAA.

 

The top racing group is at one end of the spectrum, and then the huge majority of USCSA programs are at the other. Club teams with little or no funding, where the objective is to have an enjoyable experience. I know for a fact that many of these kids are not on race stock skis that fit the USSA guidelines, and that many are using the same pair for both events. I don't know whether some races are in fact USSA races and others are not in different divisions, or whether they simply choose to no enforce any USSA equipment guidelines. I suspect that by the time you're at nationals, the enforcement tightens up. There is no FIS sanctioned USCSA skiing, to my knowledge. Most NCAA racing is FIS racing.

I would ask around, and make a call or two, and post what you find out. Perhaps someone with hands on experience in your division can weigh in as well.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
I will agree with Muleski, my club team has about 2 people out of 20 that even own more then one pair of skis.  And during the regular season they dont even enforce that you need a helmet with hard ear pieces....

I would assume that as u get past regionals then its probably true.  We had made it regionals and we had to have full helmets but no two skis.  But thats good to know if i ever could make it past regionals!
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