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Tahoe skis for a big guy?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody! I have been lurking/reading for a while, but it's time to make my first post.  I hope to borrow some of your expertise.

 

I am 6'3" 250.  Skied a lot as a kid/teen on straight skis, then moved away for a long time and didn't ski much at all.  Last year, I was able to move back to Tahoe and get back into it.  I would call myself a Level 6-7 skier I guess -- ski all groomers well and fast, carve my turns, can't handle hardly anything cruddy or off piste.  I can get down em but it's not pretty at all.  Skis just dive in and sink. Don't know if it's my size, my ability, or my skis?  I found a cheap, used pair of RX-9's and enjoyed them last season, but looking for something that will handle a greater variety of conditions...or help me learn to handle them.

 

I like to ski fast on piste but don't necessarily need to.  Like I said, I am just beginning to venture off piste, so I prefer something that I don't have to drive fast in conditions I'm not comfortable with.  I will ski solely in Tahoe.  I will probably buy one pair of skis this year and would like to buy used, under $500.  Eventually, I would like to have a bigger quiver, but for now it will be the RX-9's and whatever you all suggest.  Or, I could sell the RX-9's and buy a couple used pairs. 

 

What do you suggest for a bigger skier in Tahoe at my level who wants to be able to ski groomers but handle the crud days and be able to get down the hill and improve my skills off piste and in powder?

 

Thanks in advance! 

post #2 of 22

Have we got some skis for you.....

 

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We got your Nordica Girish, one hundred and eighty five centimeters of pure speed for only.. $349! But wait...there is more..don't order yet....Don't forget about the Nordica Helldiver, a killler ninety not milli but MAXI meter freight train for only $449...and it you order now.... the Helldivers will include bindings!!!!! Come down NOW..Jim will shake every baby and kiss every hand! [/70's crazy used car commercial ad speaking very fast]*

 

 

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Edited by Philpug - 9/15/10 at 9:33pm
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post #4 of 22

c'mon phast talkin' phil, you should proof reed your posts, as it says $349 for the Big Mountain & Award winning Girish & only $100 more for some great carvers with bindings. they have to be typos 

post #5 of 22
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c'mon phast talkin' phil, you should proof reed your posts, as it says $349 for the Big Mountain & Award winning Girish & only $100 more for some great carvers with bindings. they have to be typos 

 

Yes, you too can get this deal! And yes..free shipping with every order (over $100.00) And wait....if you are a paid Epic Supporter you get an additional $50.00 of purchases over $500.00!!!!! So, buy now, buy early and buy often!

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey Phil, I guess I need to come over and chat with you guys.  I like the sound of the Helldivers, especially the Ti, but you appear to have only 170's and that's a bit short for me.  In the carbon, you have a 178, but still maybe a little short and soft?  Think I should be in the 180-190 range.  Not hiding any stock in the back are ya?

post #7 of 22
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Hey Phil, I guess I need to come over and chat with you guys.  I like the sound of the Helldivers, especially the Ti, but you appear to have only 170's and that's a bit short for me.  In the carbon, you have a 178, but still maybe a little short and soft?  Think I should be in the 180-190 range.  Not hiding any stock in the back are ya?


I thought we have a pair or two of the Hell CA's in 186. I could be wrong. I know we are down to one or two pair of Girishes. these have been flying out too. I would say, get in sooner than later. Worse case, we have some Dyn XXL's in big sizes. You won't go away empty handed. 

post #8 of 22

I came into this thread to suggest the Moment Belefonte, but after reading your post I have changed my mind. Definitely something that needs to be driven. RX-9's are a waste of time in tahoe unless you ski groomed exclusively. I ski in Tahoe and own some Progressors, but they are only for teaching and training on.

 

I would be looking for a 95-100mm ski which is 182-190cm and solid flex underfoot. You're a big dude. Here is a list of the sort of things I would deem suitable.

 

188 Moment Tahoe

186 Line Prophet 100

182 Salomon Shogun.

Fischer Watea 94

Nordica Enforcer

Maybe Volkl Mantra, but preferably one of the others. You might find the mantra a bit stiff in the tail if you're only really getting into off piste skiing.

 

That probably didn't help but you might get something out of it.

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ok. I am starting to narrow it down. I want a 180-190, 90-100 waist, relatively stiff, probably titanium. Topping my list right now are the Line Prophet 100, Salomon Sentinel, and the Volkl Mantra. Sound about right to everyone? Any other skis in this category that measure up? Jim or Phil, you got anything reasonable along those lines? Looks like it could be a challenge to stay under my $500 budget...
post #10 of 22
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Ok. I am starting to narrow it down. I want a 180-190, 90-100 waist, relatively stiff, probably titanium. Topping my list right now are the Line Prophet 100, Salomon Sentinel, and the Volkl Mantra. Sound about right to everyone? Any other skis in this category that measure up? Jim or Phil, you got anything reasonable along those lines? Looks like it could be a challenge to stay under my $500 budget...


nothing under 500 under those parameters. Now..111 underfoot we have the Girish and Dyn XXL's, both could be around 500-550 WITH bindings. 

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 

How much do you think you could do the Sentinels for, out the door, with bindings?  Prophet 100's? 

post #12 of 22
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How much do you think you could do the Sentinels for, out the door, with bindings?  Prophet 100's? 


Give Jim or I a call at the shop tomorrow..530-582-5781. 

post #13 of 22

Re your budget, the problem is that you missed all the off-season sales.

 

 

Hopefully, Phil and Jim can hook you up.

 

If they can't, swing by the Sports Exchange.  They had some nice gear when I last looked, should be enough to get you through the first half of the season.  After Presidents' Week, look for sales.

 

If you want a pair of 186 Fischer Big Stix 84s, a pair of mine are in Kings Beach and available for a sixer.

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

Yep, they hooked me up all right!  Reeled me right in too...

 

In all honesty, they gave me a very good deal on what should be a great new ski (Sentinel).  Lightened my wallet quite a bit more than I initially intended, but I'm sure it will be worth it come November.  Thanks everybody for your suggestions and I have nothing but the highest recommendations for Phil, Jim, and Starthaus.

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Yep, they hooked me up all right!  Reeled me right in too...

 

In all honesty, they gave me a very good deal on what should be a great new ski (Sentinel).  Lightened my wallet quite a bit more than I initially intended, but I'm sure it will be worth it come November.  Thanks everybody for your suggestions and I have nothing but the highest recommendations for Phil, Jim, and Starthaus.


You are welcome..."You might be a gaper or ski in a race plug, but sooner or later you will buy from the Philpug"

post #16 of 22

I'm holding this thread responsible for making me $400 or so poorer. I was looking for a new ski suited for a big guy (Like the OP, I'm 250), and after reading tons of reviews went for the last pair of 186 Helldriver CA's that Starthaus had. Had the skis the next day--talk about fast shipping!

 

Thanks guys!

post #17 of 22

Of course, I'm wishing I had bought the Girish as well . . .

post #18 of 22
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I'm holding this thread responsible for making me $400 or so poorer. I was looking for a new ski suited for a big guy (Like the OP, I'm 250), and after reading tons of reviews went for the last pair of 186 Helldriver CA's that Starthaus had. Had the skis the next day--talk about fast shipping!

 

Thanks guys!



It's what we do. 

post #19 of 22

If I managed to spend $400 a year on skis I would be stoked. But I have a problem....

post #20 of 22
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It's what we do. 


And you do it so well! 

 

Looking forward to stopping by the shop next time I'm in the area. I'm sure you'll have something to compliment the Helldivers. 

post #21 of 22

I'm also interested in skis for a big guy.. I normally ski Aspen/Snowmass and I'm 6"5 250. Got anything for me?

 

Last year I skiied some AC 30s and they were great.

post #22 of 22

funny for me to post, but why not. Rossi Phantom 108; Dynastar Legend Pro Rider and Legend XXL; Rossi SC Pro 112; Volkl Kendo or Mantra; Blizzard Atlas or Titan or Kreitler; Stockli Scott Schmidt Pro, DP Pro, and Stormrider VXL.  Deals at Tramdock on some of these. for a few ideas in the 85 to 115 range that tend toward very stiff, most have metal in them as well (so don't bend 'em big fellah).

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