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New Two Ski Quiver - Advice needed!

post #1 of 6
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Here's my situation:

 

I'm 29 years old, 5'10", 160lbs. I'm an advanced skier, but have lived in New York city for the past 5 years (read: work ruled my life, only got out 10 times total in S. Vermont, once to Jackson Hole). My wife and I finally decided to leave the city and will be moving to Boulder, Colorado early next year!

 

Before we move we'll be spending the entire month of January getting our ski legs back. Thinking Jackson Hole, but lodging could be too expensive so that might change (any suggestions)?

 

I'll be buying two pairs of skis for my quiver: likely one all mountain-ish and one powder. I want something that I can grow into a bit but that isn't over my head to start. I'd guess I'll be skiing 70% ungroomed, 30% groomed.

 

The new Volkl Kendos caught my eye, but I'm pretty open...

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6

Hi - If I were going to move west, I'd get something in the low 80's for frontside/week after the storm and something in the 110+ for playing in powder. Not sure the Kendo fits either group, although if it's a narrower Mantra it would make a fine one ski quiver. Or perhaps a first ski for a season, then think about a second. 

 

Anyway, so many good skis out there. Think about what kind of feel you prefer (beefy and damp, light and lively, other), what terrain you prefer (trees, open, bumps, etc.), and how you ski (lots of turns, lots of straightlining, finesse, power, etc.). Keep in mind that Jackson is different from Colorado resorts (bigger vertical, more prolonged steeps, sometimes more snow) and that skis that fit there might not be optimal for Colorado. Then do some searches. Many good reviews here posted in the Gear Reviews Forum, some of the reviewers are also retailers, so can help with finer grain questions, probably get you a great deal. 

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Originally Posted by cmcaleenan View Post

Here's my situation:

 

I'm 29 years old, 5'10", 160lbs. I'm an advanced skier, but have lived in New York city for the past 5 years (read: work ruled my life, only got out 10 times total in S. Vermont, once to Jackson Hole). My wife and I finally decided to leave the city and will be moving to Boulder, Colorado early next year!

 

Before we move we'll be spending the entire month of January getting our ski legs back. Thinking Jackson Hole, but lodging could be too expensive so that might change (any suggestions)?

 

I'll be buying two pairs of skis for my quiver: likely one all mountain-ish and one powder. I want something that I can grow into a bit but that isn't over my head to start. I'd guess I'll be skiing 70% ungroomed, 30% groomed.

 

The new Volkl Kendos caught my eye, but I'm pretty open...

 

Thanks!



Ha, that is funny.  To me, Boulder IS the big city.  It's all relative I guess.  Excellent question. I am not sure what you mean by 'advanced', but I will assume I know.  Here are my recommedations, in order of best to least:

 

All Mountain:

 

175 DPS Wailer 95

181 Icelantic Nomad

176 Liberty Helix

176 Volkl Gotama (pre-2010)

180 Moment Tahoe

177 Volkl Mantra

 

Powder:

 

186 ON3P Billy Goat (or Vicik)

186 PM Gear Lhasa Pow

182 Fischer Watea 101

181 K2 Sidestash

 

Several of these skis would do OK in both conditions

post #4 of 6

Any tips on choosing between the 181 and the 188 Sidestash?  I'm 6'1'' 185lbs and ski everything.  I've got some Nordica Enforcers in a 177 that are super fun but too short, and I go over the top in deeper snow :-)

post #5 of 6

If you are a strong skier, 188. Depends if you want to ski it in fast in open spaces, or more trees and tight spots too.

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Any tips on choosing between the 181 and the 188 Sidestash?  I'm 6'1'' 185lbs and ski everything.  I've got some Nordica Enforcers in a 177 that are super fun but too short, and I go over the top in deeper snow :-)



I agree, definitely go 188s- You can handle them with your size and experience and they will be a lot more versatile in deep snow, especially on faster lines.  Genereally size up on anything with rocker.  You are already wallowing around on your Enforcers, no reason to do the same on some pricey rockered skis. 

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