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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm going to be going to Whistler this year for a working holiday from the end of November to the end of February. I'm from Australia, so I'm really looking forward to living in another part of the world for a few months.

 

I'm going to buy some skis before I get there, I was planning on buying them over the internet and getting them shipped here. Although the shipping may be a little expensive, I'm sure I'd end up paying more just by having to use hire skis for a few days, so I think it's better to have them for when I arrive there. I was hoping some people would be able to give me a few recommendations since I've never bought skis before.

 

I'm reasonably sure I want to get all-mountain twin tip skis. I'll ski any marked run on the mountain and particularly enjoy anything steep, moguls and off-piste if there's appropriate powder. I'm somewhat interested in getting into a bit of park stuff, but much more likely jumps than rails. I'm 1.90 m tall (6'3") and weigh around 70 kg (155 lbs). I've had the Line Blend Skis recommended to me and am expecting to spend around that sort of money, but I can adjust my budget a bit.

 

The main questions I have now are:

1. Do you think the Line Blend Skis be suitable for me? Anything postitive/negative to say about them?

2. Would you recommend anything else?

3. Is there a general rule for ski length? I don't really have a preference as I just use whatever the rental store gives me. For the Blends it's probably a choice between 178cm and 183cm, I'd guess the 183cm is better for my height.

4. Do you know of any good online stores that sell the skis and ship to Australia?

 

Thanks for any help you're able to provide,

Fourier

post #2 of 17

For blend size, 183 for sure. Any smaller is a bad choice at your size.

 

I would look at a all mtn ski such as K2 Kung Fujas, Rossignol S3,Volkl Bridge ,ON3P Jeronimo ect personally. All great in park, yet still perform all mtn riding,

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, FieldsofGlory. The K2 Kung Fujas look good. They seem to come in 179cm or 189cm, and according to the sizing chart I found I unfortunately fall right in the middle of the two lengths. In the only area I think I'm fit to judge, I at least think the 2010 version of this ski looks more interesting than the 2010 version of the Blend and the 2011 versions are both seem to be improvements on the 2010 versions. That's actually another point, are the 2011 versions of the skis actually better to ski on or is it just a new design and I should just get whatever I can find at the cheapest price?

 

Does anyone have any comments about the Line Blend Skis to help me with my decision?

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post

 

 

Does anyone have any comments about the Line Blend Skis to help me with my decision?



I haven't skied the last two season's Blends, but I did ski the 08 Blends for a while and really liked them.  They handled well on most snow types including powder and were very intuitive to ski.  FYI, Line topsheets tend to be a little soft, so you will probably ding them up pretty quick.  The 08 Blends aren't that stiff, so they do get pushed around a bit if you are maching on harder groomers. 

 

For length, I would go longer based mostly on your height and your skill level.  183 for sure.  178s would handle fine for you on piste, but at 6'3", they would feel short if you got into some real powder. 

 

There are lots of skis like this, personally I really like my Liberty Helix for this sort of thing.  I would look into maybe waiting till you get there to buy.  I am guessing the baggage fee to take em back to Australia with you would be equal to or less than shipping.  That way, you could probably check out more skis outside of the overpriced Down Under market.  You could even look for some demo skis at some rental shops in BC, maybe try em out then buy em if you like em.

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I call BS on the seller.  "I can't justify having multiple sets of skis". 
 

post #7 of 17

I live in the sub tropics and still manage to have 3 pair.

post #8 of 17

Fourier, Buying skis, particularly your first pair for a great adventure like you first OS ski trip is cool but seriously, wait until you get there. if you must buy before you go then get some beaters to keep you going until you can get what you want. My last trip to Canada was a few years ago now, went for over a year. I rang Dawgcatching, got a great price on the skis that I wanted and he had them shipped to Canada for buggarall. They were waiting for me when I got there.

post #9 of 17

You missed 'em. $385 is a good price. Somebody got a good deal.

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

I've actually been lucky enough to have had 7 overseas skiing trips, but this is the first time I'll be going for a long period of time.

 

As for buying when I get there, I've only ever skied on rental skis in the past so I'm not sure what I'd really be able to figure out from trying out the skis. Isn't it reasonably expensive to demo skis as well? The shipping for skis (without bindings) to Australia seems to be $82 from evo.com. I'll be getting to Whistler early enough in the season that there might not be much snow, so I wouldn't be able to properly test out skis out right away. Since renting skis would quickly cost much more than $82, that would basically leave me with getting a cheap pair of skis to last until I get some better ones. Also I've always imagined that buying skis on the mountain would be quite a bit more expensive than buying them on the internet, but I haven't really ever compared prices.

post #11 of 17

There are some good shops in Vancouver.

I recently purchased some skis and bindings from sierrasnowboard. They have great deals and free shipping to Oz on orders over $500 buit I can't see anything to suit you out of what they have left.

I haven't used Als Ski Barn but i know others who have and have had good service. these might suit http://www.untracked.com/p2732c13b122-09_4frnt_msp_freeride_skis.html

wide enough for allround Whistler use as well.

Bindings are much cheaper than here as well.

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I've actually been lucky enough to have had 7 overseas skiing trips, but this is the first time I'll be going for a long period of time.

 

As for buying when I get there, I've only ever skied on rental skis in the past so I'm not sure what I'd really be able to figure out from trying out the skis. Isn't it reasonably expensive to demo skis as well? The shipping for skis (without bindings) to Australia seems to be $82 from evo.com. I'll be getting to Whistler early enough in the season that there might not be much snow, so I wouldn't be able to properly test out skis out right away. Since renting skis would quickly cost much more than $82, that would basically leave me with getting a cheap pair of skis to last until I get some better ones. Also I've always imagined that buying skis on the mountain would be quite a bit more expensive than buying them on the internet, but I haven't really ever compared prices.



Hmmm, well, if you are hell bent on buying something before, you are right, internet is probably cheaper-at least for new gear.  If you are shopping on Evo, look at the 185 Salomon Lords.  These skis have great reviews and should do what you want really well, and is about 340 USD if you use the current discount code.  Not an awful deal.  Personally, I wouldn't spend more than 300 on new all mountain skis, and then only if they are high end handmade skis.

 

Some other options:

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Fischer-Watea-84-Freeride-Skis

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-0607-Mojo-90-Twin-Tip-Skis

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Liberty-Hazmat-Twin-Tip-Powder-Skis

 

post #13 of 17

Whistler and Blackcomb have free demo tents.  i have never had to pay to demo in Canada and i expect the US would be the same. it is expensive to Demo in Oz and Japan.

post #14 of 17

People pay for demos? Doesn't that defy the point of having demos.

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

I spoke to my friend today and he thinks I should be able to have the skis sent to the hostel we'll be staying at for the first few days, so that will simplify a few things if it's true (and save me at least $82).

 

Are the demo tents at Whistler right from the start of the season? I'll be turning up there around the 24th of November.

 

If I do order the skis over the internet, would it be sensible to get bindings for them at the same time and then have them mounted at Whistler?


Edited by Fourier - 9/12/10 at 2:11am
post #16 of 17

Get them shipped to your work over there if you will be working.

 

I'm get skis shipped to my ski school before I arrive there all the time.

post #17 of 17
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People pay for demos? Doesn't that defy the point of having demos.



sure does.

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