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Hello board members.  I am between a low intermediate to solid intermediate skier.  I live in Southern California and have been skiing here for the past 9 seasons.  I have skied around the mountains of Southern California and Mammoth.  I am 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 lbs. and moderately athletic.  When I started skiing,  I just have been renting.  I ski about 6 - 12 times per season.  I usually ski on piste and able to ski most blue runs on moderate speeds.  For the past 2 seasons, I have used 154 cm rossi actys 300 skis with axium 110 bindings and 27.0 Head Edge boots.  I got these at ski dazzle.  The sales person at ski dazzle told me that these skis and boots are going to help me become more of an intermediate skier.  They have helped me but now they feel inadequate.  The boots were actually too big for me.  I actually needed a 26.5 boots.  They felt loose. 
I have done research on what to buy next in order to improve and become more of an advanced skier.  I purchased 26.5 Salomon Mission 6 which fit me very well. I also purchased K2 apache raiders - 163 cm skis.  They were both at good prices. 

I would like to know if I have purchased the right gear for me to improve towards becoming a more advance skier?
post #2 of 9
go ski them, and see what happens.

a mission 6 in 26.5 is wide and soft and fits a 9-10 shoe.  if you have a foot like that, great.
post #3 of 9
     Most any boot with a "6"(read low intermediate here) in the model number is not going to help get you to advanced levels of skiing.  Read the WIKI about shell fit sizing in the "Ask the boot guy's" section which boot should fit me.  Then think about buying something with at least an 8 or 9 in the model number, Oh, and get some footbeds.

Happy skiing
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Originally Posted by drern View Post

Hello board members.  I am between a low intermediate to solid intermediate skier.  I live in Southern California and have been skiing here for the past 9 seasons.  I have skied around the mountains of Southern California and Mammoth.  I am 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 lbs. and moderately athletic.  When I started skiing,  I just have been renting.  I ski about 6 - 12 times per season.  I usually ski on piste and able to ski most blue runs on moderate speeds.  For the past 2 seasons, I have used 154 cm rossi actys 300 skis with axium 110 bindings and 27.0 Head Edge boots.  I got these at ski dazzle.  The sales person at ski dazzle told me that these skis and boots are going to help me become more of an intermediate skier.  They have helped me but now they feel inadequate.  The boots were actually too big for me.  I actually needed a 26.5 boots.  They felt loose. 
I have done research on what to buy next in order to improve and become more of an advanced skier.  I purchased 26.5 Salomon Mission 6 which fit me very well. I also purchased K2 apache raiders - 163 cm skis.  They were both at good prices. 

I would like to know if I have purchased the right gear for me to improve towards becoming a more advance skier?
 

Snowblades?
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

Snowblades?
 

He's 170 cm tall, which means that standing next to his 163 cm skis, the tips will come above his nose (170 cm - 163 cm = 7 cm = 2.76 in.)  That sounds about right for a low intermediate.

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post #6 of 9
Have you taken lessons or attended any clinics? If your desire is to improve your technique and skill level perhaps investing in proper training will help you advance much quicker than equipment. Any boot with a 6 flex rating is too soft for aggressive or moderately aggressive skiing. The biggest improvements in skill level for me personally happen in three ways. 1. proper coaching 2. skiing with more advanced skiers 3. skiing on terrain somewhat more difficult than I am comfortable with and mastering it before moving onto to even more difficult terrain. Unfortunately, in SoCal, there are no longer any good ski shops with qualified personel to help with equipment selection. the only good ski shop, with a decent boot fitter, in SoCal is  Hansens in Encintas and they are only a ski shop from November to March. The Big Bear shops are all snowboard focused and are really no help when it comes to ski equipment. If you can; I would return the equipment you purchased and invest all the money into a good pair of boots and spend next season demoing and getting trained, unfortunately, the only access to good demo equipment will be in Mammoth or Tahoe. I realize this information might be hard to swollow but after 90 or so days of skiing (calculated by the numbers you gave) and assuming you have had the desire to improve, you should be farther along skill wise and completely bored with SoCal terrain, although this year we have had excellent off piste and out of patrolled area  opportunities, especially at Snow Valley. The skiis you purchased will likely be just fine, it is the soft boot you should be concerned about. For good equipment advice you can call Start Haus in Truckee, CA, ask for Jim, there are two Jims, both are super helpful.
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Originally Posted by temeculajohn View Post

Unfortunately, in SoCal, there are no longer any good ski shops with qualified personel to help with equipment selection. the only good ski shop, with a decent boot fitter, in SoCal is  Hansens in Encintas and they are only a ski shop from November to March.


That is incorrect.

http://www.skinetsports.com/


11378 Ventura Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91604

post #8 of 9
That is incorrect.

http://www.skinetsports.com/


11378 Ventura Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91604

Thanks DtEW,

I googled so cal ski shops several times and never came across their site. Thanks for the heads up for us so callers. And, thanks for the advice you provided a few weeks ago.


Edited by temeculajohn - 4/6/10 at 7:33am
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your input.  I will try them out this weekend.  If they don't work for me I will return them.
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