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Looking for a solid Intermediate ski to grow with

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Hi All,
   I am pretty new to the sport (1st season, handful of days skiied, handful of lessons) and looking for a solid intermediate ski that I can take with me up to advanced level without encountering too many problems.  I am a very athletic 5'9, 185-190, would probably describe myself as a level 5 skiier.  I would like to have something that I could handle without getting punished for my non-advanced skill level. I was told by an instructor that I am more aggressive than most beginners, and like speed, but am not looking to set any land-speed records.

  I got fitted for boots by an ABB professional and have Head Edge 11+ boots (80/90 flex).

  As for the skis that I have found to be in the range that I am looking for, I would like to see if any of you have recommendations on which would be best and the right size for me.  I know to demo, demo, demo the skis, but If I could pare the list down a bit, or see if there are any that I am missing, I would be in a better place to decide. The skis that I have found are:

Volkl AC20
Dynastar Booster 10
K2 Apache Ranger
Salomon X-Wing Storm
Atomic Smoke TI

Thanks everyone!




 
post #2 of 7
I definitely recommend the AC20's. Those are an amazing ski that work very well on a variety of terrain. Considering your level, you might want to consider the 170's. I think you might even be able to look at the AC30's in a 170. I used those skis for a week out in whistler and absolutely loved them....the only skis I liked more were the AC30's. They floated on the powder due to their huge under-foot measurement, but also carved very well. I say you demo both these skis and figure out if you like the AC20's or like something stiffer like the AC30's
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the response Nancy, I have heard a lot of good things about the Unlimited series.  Their edge hold would definitely be a plus out here in the Eastern ice.  Thanks again.
post #4 of 7
I've had AC-20s for three seasons and they've been great for me.  When I first got them I was skiiing green/groomed only; now I ski blacks and get a kick out of partially groomed and ungroomed slopes.  I've also skied a lot of Eastern hardpack/ice, and my AC-20s hang in there.  They cover a wide range on the ability spectrum.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the info Jim!  Now if I can only find them for a good price, I will be in business!
post #6 of 7
The AC20's are a good value.  Also consider the Blizzard Magnum 7.6.  Perhaps a little more agile but still confident on edge.
EJL
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