Hey guys and gals,
I have gone skiing 8 times in the past year and really enjoy it. However, it has come to the point where I realize that I cannot keep renting demo skies and trust their quality or tuning. I went to snowbird last spring and changed my skies 3 times (they even put me in roxy hocus pocus 140 cm women skies that chattered like freaken hell!) and that is not even to mention my problem with boots (I do plan on buying my own boots before the season). I can say that my best experience was when I skied the demo skies they give you at heavenly. They were K2 Omni 153 cm (101/70/97).
Basically, I want to buy some skis so I have a consistent tool to work with for the next 2-3 seasons (or longer) which will come out to about 45-60 days of skiing. I am 5-8" (173 cm), my weight fluctuates from 175 to 195 pounds. I tend to be on the higher range (185) of this because I am building more muscle as I get stronger to ski
My skiing style:
I have skied on everything from 140 to 158 cm, finding the latter a little hard to turn, but still manageable. I can ski all greens (except the top 20% of big Emma) and about a third of the blues out there (actually did a few pieces of blues in snowbird but that was with the 140 cm skies!), but realize I am not really carving that well, but rather doing combo skids and carves. I also did find myself jumping from turn to turn throwing the back of my skies from side to side when on more difficult inclines. I love to ski groomers but realize I need to get a ski that can handle powder and ice (can’t control mother nature, and cant afford to have a ski for everything), so basically I want an all mountain ski. What I love to do is cruise, making smooth long parallel turns on groomers. When I am clicking doing that I grinning from ear to ear. The best experience I have ever had was my 3rd day of skiing at Tahoe on K-2 Omni 153 cm. This was on the third day of being on the same ski, and I attribute the "zone" that I got into that day to the fact that I was using the same skies for three days in a row and also to the ski itself (it is still easily the best I have ever skied, and I am still chasing that feeling). If anybody knows what ski replaced it in the K2 line, let me know.
The most important thing for me is control. While I like to go fast, I believe my definition of fast is a far slower speed than most consider fast. I did not like, however, the feeling I got of 140 – 148 cm skis when I reached what I thought was a moderate speed; they got real sqirrely! So I need to go longer than that. I also do not want to be held back by the ski or to outgrow it too quickly.
I believe I should be buying a ski that is around 165-172 cm(based on my conversations with people and sierra trading posts chart). I plan on skiing at least 12 days this season (hopefully more), so I think buying my own skies will end up being more affordable ($35 X 12 = $420, I think I should be able to get relatively good skis at this time (summer) for $400, however I can pay more Maybe even up to $600, but only if it is worth the difference). I have spoken to a few people and the following have been suggested to me:
Blizzard Magnum 7.6 IQ 163
Dynastar Sultan 80, Sultan 85, 8000, 4800
Fischer Watea 78, Progressor 7+
Head Supershape magnum
K2 Apache Sabre, Public Enemy
Kastle MX 78
Volkl AC50, AC20, AC 2Motion.
The thing that makes this especially tough is that almost all of these skis are rated above my current level. Some of these are even for intermediates to expert, so for a newbie to try to figure this out is quite daunting. I have already received some help from Snofun3 and SierraJim (THANKS GUYS!) but want to get some more opinions and suggestiong so I am sure I have done the proper research before I buy. There is plenty of time, for I don’t think the prices will increase substantially until at least 3 months, so feel free to offer any advice, comment, suggestions, or even criticisms.
As always, ANY help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Edited by esumsea - 6/6/10 at 11:16am