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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I appreciate this is a topic covered a lot so I apologise for being repetitive, but I just want some helpful advice. I've skiied for about 5 weeks spread over several years and am looking to buy my first pair this season as I intend to spend a lot more time on the slopes in the near future. I'm 18 years old, about 5'10" and comparitively light at 60kgs. I ski mostly groomed slopes. I'm probably intermediate at the moment but want a ski that will be able to keep up as I improve and last at least a couple of years. I have 4 skis in mind right now:

1 Atomic C:9 Puls
2 Volkl Supersport 4 Star
3 Salomon Crossmax 8
4 Rossignol Bandit B1

I know they're all good skis but if anyone thinks that one might be a particularly good one to go for or avoid I'd like to know. Thanks

Ed
post #2 of 11
You can't go wrong with any of those listed, but it would be better for me if you bought Atomic though .
post #3 of 11
Ed, please give us more. Where do you ski? East/West? Do you intend to stay ongroomed trails or are you planning to head into bumps or into trees etc? I know you're an intermediate, but beyond general improvement, what are your short term plans?
post #4 of 11
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Originally posted by Ed_D:
I appreciate this is a topic covered a lot so I apologise for being repetitive, but I just want some helpful advice. I've skiied for about 5 weeks spread over several years and am looking to buy my first pair this season as I intend to spend a lot more time on the slopes in the near future. I'm 18 years old, about 5'10" and comparitively light at 60kgs. I ski mostly groomed slopes. I'm probably intermediate at the moment but want a ski that will be able to keep up as I improve and last at least a couple of years. I have 4 skis in mind right now:

1 Atomic C:9 Puls
2 Volkl Supersport 4 Star
3 Salomon Crossmax 8
4 Rossignol Bandit B1

I know they're all good skis but if anyone thinks that one might be a particularly good one to go for or avoid I'd like to know. Thanks

Ed
I think the B1 would likely take you farthest out of that list. The B1 is skied by many "all mountain" expert skiers. From this list, I would guess that you are more interested in cruising than soft-snow. Am I right?
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by RiDeC58:
Ed, please give us more. Where do you ski? East/West? Do you intend to stay ongroomed trails or are you planning to head into bumps or into trees etc? I know you're an intermediate, but beyond general improvement, what are your short term plans?
Ok. I'm from the UK and have done all my skiing so far in the Eastern US (mainly Stowe and Killington). In the short term, I'm going on a 4 weeks course in Mont Tremblant Canada next month at the end of which I hopefully get a low level ski instructors license (CSIA level 1 I think it's proper name is). Like I say, I want a ski that I can feel comfortable with at my current level of ability but one that will be able to keep up over the next couple of years. Probably 80% of my skiing is done on groomed slopes, I might venture more into trees etc in the future but I would think that the majority of my skiing would remain on the groomed stuff.

Ed
post #6 of 11
I would not get a midfat for Tremblant.

It is mostly ice and snow dustings.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Sorry to bring up a bit of a different question in the same post (I figured it would be easier seeing as it had my skiing info in it already) but I just wanted to ask about lengths. Given that I'm 5"10' and 60kgs (130lbs) what kind of length ski should I be going for? I'm guessing in the 160-170 range but I really have no idea. For additional info, of the ski's I'm looking at the Crossmax comes in 165, the supersport 4 in 158 and 168, the C:9 and the B1 both come in 160 and 170.

Ed
post #8 of 11
i've skier C9puls (short ~160 i guess). din't like it at all
post #9 of 11
If you want your Level 1 CSIA certification, choose a short ski that will allow you to execute clean, crisp turns (I would recommend the Volkl in 158cm).

At this short length the ski will be less comfortable at high speeds and in nasty snow, but for groomed terrain and bumps they will turn you into a hero! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 11
I would go short too, if youre planning on taking the exam. A guy that i worked with last year decided to take his Level 3 on his 150cm Atomic Sl:11's. He said thye just made everything easier, especially the things you have to do for the exam. I'd go with the C9.18, or even look to the 10.16 or 11.16. The atomic carver line is a great line. Despite its age the 9.18 still stacks up pretty well against other skis in its category. I belive the 9.18 has been around even longer than the famour Salomon Xscream Series, so you can't really go wrong there - especially for skiing in eastern Canada.
Later
GREG

Edit: Look into the 10.16 and 11.16 in a 160. The 150 might seem too unstable at higher speeds - i dont know how they stack up in stability when compared to the Sl:11...

[ October 24, 2003, 06:50 AM: Message edited by: HeluvaSkier ]
post #11 of 11
Hey ED,

I actually teach a very similar course here in the west called International Academy. Guys from the UK come over and get there level 1 and 2 with us. My advice for you is rent a pair when you get there, most stores will give 3-5 days of rental free if you buy from them. This way you can try the skis in your list to see if you like them. True enough having a short ski that has a lot of side-cut does help in someways, but in all honesty, almost every ski out there has enough side-cut to pass the level 1. The last thing you want to do is buy a ski that is super carvy and really one dimensional. Usually the first week of the those programs is just getting to know you and getting a feel for the area so this will give you ample time to try skis out. AND, if it is anything like it is out here the trainers will have their own insights and deals for gear which will probably be a better deal than the ones you can get in the UK.

Ski ya later,
Dave

[ October 26, 2003, 02:25 PM: Message edited by: banffskipro ]
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