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Returning after a 17-yr break... which skis to consider?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

 

I'm 32, 6 feet, 200-210 lbs... Last winter was my first time on skis after 17 years... I just used whatever the rental shop gave me but I'm now looking into buying equipment for the upcoming season so any recommendations would be highly appreciated. 

 

I'm in Toronto so I'll mostly ski our little Blue Mountain here but hoping to spend some time on "real" mountains (east coast, groomed terrain) as well. As for my skill level... I'd say intermediate right now but hoping to prove myself as an advanced as soon as I have a chance to spend some more time skiing again. Like I said I'm just getting back into it after a 17-year break but I do have a solid foundation from childhood (I skied about 20+ days every winter between the ages 7 to 14) so I'm looking for a more advanced ski that I can "grow into" pretty soon.

 

I've recently been looking into last year's Volkl AC3 (around $400) and AC20 ($550) in 177cm... Any suggestions as to which would be more appropriate for my needs? Any other suggestions?

 

Much appreciated.

 

N.

post #2 of 8

Welcome to Epic and back to skiing.  I know way to much about the long breaks thing, a lot of us do.

 

Would suggest that you start by getting boots.  Head for a ski shop, not a big box sporting goods store, and get some help with the fit.  Ask around on here and you will probably get some recommendations in your area.  The boots are your running gear, the skis are the tires. 

 

Today's skis are so varied would really suggest that you demo before you purchase the skis if it is possible.  Different series of skis have some vary different personalities.  The Vol kl AC series has some great skis, they are not real forgiving to technical skiing though.  (Not saying that you do, but these skis won't let a skier do too much wrong without sticking them in the penalty box.)  One of their old skis was the "Zebras", think they meant refs?  If you can rent some demo skis at the beginning of the season and get a feel for them, most stores will give you a day or two rental expenses toward purchase.

 

Enjoy the winter.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks stranger :)

 

I tried some boots at the end of the season at a ski store and bought Salomon Impact 8's as per the sellers recommendation. To be honest they felt pretty much the same as any other boot I've tried that day but I decided to trust them. I'm looking forward to actually see what they're like on the slopes. 

 

As for demoing... I agree that would probably be best it's just that right now I can get some of these skis for probably 50% less than what they will cost in December... so I'm thinking as long they're half-decent I'll be OK (keep in mind any modern ski will probably be 10 times better that the ones I used as a kid... even the basic rentals I used last year seemed to me like ferraris).

 

That way I can use the extra money on spending a few more days at the slopes. I can worry about getting the perfect ski in a year or two once I figure out what I'm actually looking for.

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Originally Posted by nikonian View Post

Hi,

 

I'm 32, 6 feet, 200-210 lbs... Last winter was my first time on skis after 17 years... I just used whatever the rental shop gave me but I'm now looking into buying equipment for the upcoming season so any recommendations would be highly appreciated. 

 

I'm in Toronto so I'll mostly ski our little Blue Mountain here but hoping to spend some time on "real" mountains (east coast, groomed terrain) as well. As for my skill level... I'd say intermediate right now but hoping to prove myself as an advanced as soon as I have a chance to spend some more time skiing again. Like I said I'm just getting back into it after a 17-year break but I do have a solid foundation from childhood (I skied about 20+ days every winter between the ages 7 to 14) so I'm looking for a more advanced ski that I can "grow into" pretty soon.

 

I've recently been looking into last year's Volkl AC3 (around $400) and AC20 ($550) in 177cm... Any suggestions as to which would be more appropriate for my needs? Any other suggestions?

 

Much appreciated.

 

N.


Don't bother with the AC3, the AC20 is much more ski with a better binding too, see if you can find some AC30's or Blizzard 8.1's and in two years you won't be looking to upgrade. 

post #5 of 8

I was in your boots a few years back. I had a good 13 year gap before starting again.  I ended demo skis at a resort and tried several different types including Vokl (which I thought I would love but didn't care for).  I ended up with K2 Apache Recons.  What an awesome all purpose ski.

post #6 of 8

what type of skiing are you going to do?

 

you missed out on a crazy sale at corbetts in oakville last weekend.  picked up salomon lords with sth12 bindings for $400 and dalbello rampage boots for $300.  you could of got some awesome skis there.

 

i've heard some good things about the volkl's ac20's and 30s.  definitely some good skis to start and advance into.  since your coming back from a long break (i did something similar) you'll pick up your groove somewhat quickly.  i bought beginner skis and advanced out of those pretty quickly.

post #7 of 8

Hey there, 

 

Noticed you're in Toronto. This may not help from a "buying skis" perspective, but if you want a good way to get back into the groove quickly, the High Park Ski Club offers free lessons on all their day trips. It's under $200 to join the club, they run affordable buses to and from Blue/MSLM/other private resorts, and it's a good way to meet people too. And they're non-profit. http://www.highparkskiclub.com if you're interested. I learned to ski with High Park and they were infinitely helpful!

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thank you all,

 

I decided to go with AC 3's (177cm)... found a new 2010 model online for just $350 which seems to be a really good deal (+$30 s&h to canada and most likely another 20% duties I assume when they arrive here). Not sure if advertising a site is allowed at the forum but if anyone is interested to find which site I got them from send me a message and I'll gladly respond. I had originally set my sights on AC 20's but couldn't find a good sale at this moment. On the other hand there's no guarantees I'd like the 20's better than the 3's (having never skied either one) so I'm really excited about my purchase now and can't wait for the new season.

 

@KingLuis... I wish I had known about that sale earlier. Especially since I was off last week and had plenty of time to drive over to Oakville and check it out. @Metaphor... I live close to High Park and I heard about the club. The only thing is they're adults only as far as I know... and I'm planning to get my 4-year old daughter skiing with me for the first time this winter.

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