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Hey everyone - I just joined epicski and like the insight of a lot of members.  I am 6'4", 50 years old, and weigh 240 pounds.  Been skiing since the early seventies and currently spend a lot of time chasing my 9 year old twin boys around Winter Park.  Cut my teeth on skiing at Winter Park and Crested Butte where I managed to extend my college education to six years! 

I am looking to replace my current skis (Rossignol Viper 9.3 - 198cm) with something that performs similar.  The Vipers are by far the most enjoyable ski I have been on which is one of the reasons I have been hesitant to replace them.  I am looking for an all mountain ski.  Although I still venture off piste or in the trees every now and then the majority of time will be spent on the front side.  I'd like to find something that has some good "pop" to it while being able to comfortably support my weight.  Tried some Top Fuels a couple years ago and didn't like them - they washed out under me.  The skis that have caught my attention so far are Blizzard 8.1, Volkl AC 50 and K2 Recon.  Haven't tried them yet, just read the reviews.  If some of you bigger guys could chime with suggestion in I'd sure appreciate it.  Most of my skiing will be in Colorado.

Thanks,

Craig
post #2 of 8
I think just getting out and demo is the way to go. You've skied alot of years and understand what your looking for in a ski it seems like.

What you might hate the next guy loves.

I think the three you got picked out there is a very good starting point. Volkl AC series seems to be one of those love or hate type skis from what I've read on them. Blizzard and K2's your looking at get very favorable reviews. Some others to give a shot Dynastar Legends, Head Monster IM 82 or 88's., Fisher Watea 84, and the always favorable Line Prophet 90. All usually get thumbs up in reviews on here.
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Thread Starter 
Skylolow,

Thanks for the response.  I have read a lot of information on the Dynastar Legends and Head Monster 88's and they do sound like the may be what I'm looking for.  The Kastle M88 also sounds like a good ski.  The problem I am finding in demoing skis is that they don't have a size even close to the size I am probably looking for which is one of the reasons why I am seeking input from the some of the bigger skiers out there.  So...any of you guys have some ideas???

Thanks,

Craig
post #4 of 8
As a fellow "big guy", I really enjoy the Rossignol Phantom SC 87's, definitely try the Volkl AC30 and AC50 and even though its a wider, twin-tip - the Volkl Bridge.  Other options are Nordica Jet Fuel Ti,  Rossignol Avenger 82 Ti, Volkl Grizzly, or the Stockli Stormrider Series (if you can find them). Demo if you can and have fun.  Good luck!
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Originally Posted by cholsopp View Post

Skylolow,

Thanks for the response.  I have read a lot of information on the Dynastar Legends and Head Monster 88's and they do sound like the may be what I'm looking for.  The Kastle M88 also sounds like a good ski.  The problem I am finding in demoing skis is that they don't have a size even close to the size I am probably looking for which is one of the reasons why I am seeking input from the some of the bigger skiers out there.  So...any of you guys have some ideas???

Thanks,

Craig

I'm 6-1 215lbs.  I used the head monster 88  186cm for two seasons; awesome ski.  Definitely a good big guy ski.  I'm a gear freak and have moved on; they are collecting dust in my garage, but a fantastic ski.  If you are interested, you can have them-- cheap.

Never been on the legends, but have heard good things as well....
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
I looked at the Legends last night - will try to demo if I can find them in a longer length. 

Thanks,

Craig
post #7 of 8
I concur with the demo theme, just demo skis that might want to buy..  Volkl, Dynastar, Nordica, Blizzard, Head, Kastle, Stockli, etc..  Skis like Fisher watea you will overpower at your size..  While Alot of people love the ski they are generally in 140lb-170 class..  Contact SJ and he can point you in the right direction....  Happy hunting.. 
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies - I appreciate them.  Here is what I am trying to discern before I target a few skis for demo.  My next ski will be in the "all mountain" category.  All manufacturers tout their skis as being able to do everyting well.  I doubt this is truly the case.  What I am trying to figure out is which of the wider skis, say 90-100mm, perform the best on the front side (quickness, variable radius carved turns, and larger bumps) and which of the narrower, say 80-90mm, skis perform best in the pow while still having the attributes mentioned above.  Keep in mind they also have to support 240 pounds.  My current skis are Rossignol Vipers, their dimensions are 93-62-81 with a length of 198 cm.  They are excellent carving skis and I have had no problem skiing pow with them, I really like their rebound in pow and on the front side.  The skis I seem to be focusing on most are Dynastar Mythic Riders and Sultan 85's.  The Dynastar Pro Rider has also captured my attention, it's sidecut is very similar to my Rossis although it is a much wider ski.  I am very curious as to how this ski would perform on the front side.  I have no doubt it would do well in the trees and pow.  I think it would be fun to have a ski on the wide side for a change as long as it still performs well on the front.  You guys think I'm on the right track?  Any comments or ideas?

Thanks,

Craig
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