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Thread Starter 

I'm looking for some new all mountain skis to buy for my husband. Here's his specs:

 

Height: 5' 8"

Weight: 145 lbs (athletic and fit)

Age: 51

Level: Advanced/Expert

 

We have only skied once in the last 10 years. Prior to that, we would ski 10 to 20 days per season and would ski pretty much anything, including the double black bowls in Breckenridge and Vail. We would still like to do some moguls, though as we're getting older, maybe not quite as much as we used to do. Our old skis are 20 years old -- long and skinny. We will mostly be skiing in Breckenridge. Any suggestions on length, ski specs, brand, etc would be appreciated.

 

I just bought some for myself online. I bought a pair of 146cm Nordica Victory, 2010 model. I bought this based on some online reviews, and found a great price on some new ones. I'm 5' 0" and 110 lbs. Hope I made the right choice!

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Would you mind have a chat with my wife? I will give you her number. 

 

Seriously though if he has never skied anything but "skinny" skis he might be better off demoing a bunch of skis first. 

 

I would start with skis in the 90ish waist width.

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Originally Posted by waltzonice View Post

I'm looking for some new all mountain skis to buy for my husband. 

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Originally Posted by waltzonice View Post

I'm looking for some new all mountain skis to buy for my husband. Here's his specs:

 

Height: 5' 8"

Weight: 145 lbs (athletic and fit)

Age: 51

Level: Advanced/Expert

 

We have only skied once in the last 10 years. Prior to that, we would ski 10 to 20 days per season and would ski pretty much anything, including the double black bowls in Breckenridge and Vail. We would still like to do some moguls, though as we're getting older, maybe not quite as much as we used to do. Our old skis are 20 years old -- long and skinny. We will mostly be skiing in Breckenridge. Any suggestions on length, ski specs, brand, etc would be appreciated.

 

I just bought some for myself online. I bought a pair of 146cm Nordica Victory, 2010 model. I bought this based on some online reviews, and found a great price on some new ones. I'm 5' 0" and 110 lbs. Hope I made the right choice!


We have one pair of Jet Fuel Ti's in a 170cm for $419.00 (w/ bindings) that is the big brother to your Victorys. 

post #4 of 10

Welcome to Epic. Good skis you found. The next step, before you find new skis for your husband, is to go to a good boot fitter and buy some current boots. Both of you. You'll be pleased with what's happened to boots in the past decade. And they will affect your skiing far more than a particular ski.

 

As far as skis, though, I concur with Phil about Nordies, but the Jet Fuel Ti's are fairly beefy. IMO Pro Burners or Jet Fuel Carbons might work better for someone who's only skied once in the past 10 years and weighs 145 lbs, however athletic. (They are the same ski with carbon instead of titanium.) Other skis he might like would include Salomon Fury's, Fischer Watea 84's, or Blizzard Cronus's. Good prices right now on the Wateas or Cronus's from last year, Fury's are a bit harder to find but can also be had for a good price. Good luck. 

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Welcome to Epic. Good skis you found. The next step, before you find new skis for your husband, is to go to a good boot fitter and buy some current boots. Both of you. You'll be pleased with what's happened to boots in the past decade. And they will affect your skiing far more than a particular ski.

 

As far as skis, though, I concur with Phil about Nordies, but the Jet Fuel Ti's are fairly beefy. IMO Pro Burners or Jet Fuel Carbons might work better for someone who's only skied once in the past 10 years and weighs 145 lbs, however athletic. (They are the same ski with carbon instead of titanium.) Other skis he might like would include Salomon Fury's, Fischer Watea 84's, or Blizzard Cronus's. Good prices right now on the Wateas or Cronus's from last year, Fury's are a bit harder to find but can also be had for a good price. Good luck. 

HR Burners are an option as is the Watea (78?), not so much the Cronos at 88 u/f. 
 

post #6 of 10

It's a big step from "long and skinny" to a "90ish waist" It might be where you want to be but I'd guess you're skiing like you skied 20 years ago (technique) so what might be the best for some may not be best for someone with a little "old school" style. I'd start by looking at something closer to 80 waist with something less than the maximum side cut.

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Agreed but it is going to take some adjustment either way. May as well start with what is considered "mid fat" now. You can "inch" down from there. The main point is....demo!!

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It's a big step from "long and skinny" to a "90ish waist" It might be where you want to be but I'd guess you're skiing like you skied 20 years ago (technique) so what might be the best for some may not be best for someone with a little "old school" style. I'd start by looking at something closer to 80 waist with something less than the maximum side cut.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone, for the replies! I wish I would have found this forum before purchasing my skis!

 

Ideally, it would be nice to demo a bunch before buying. But I have to say, that's probably why we quit skiing. Our equipment is old and we're too lazy (and busy) to go demo a bunch of skis to replace our equipment. A couple of years ago, we had some relatives in town and we took them skiing. We rented some skis and we requested and paid for the high end demo package. At the time, I had done absolutely no research at all and knew nothing about the newer equipment. They put me in K2 First Luv -- the shortest ones and I can't remember what they put my husband in, but I want to say they are similar beginner type shorter skis -- maybe they were Nordica's? We went to Copper Mountain and skied mostly blue and black packed powder runs, though we did ski a few black bump runs. I didn't really have anything to compare against, but I thought my ski's were OK. My husband didn't like his skis, though. He thought they felt unstable.

 

I really would like to ski again because I miss it so much (I used to go a lot when I was in college). It's silly too because we bought a small ski condo in Breck by the slopes 12 years ago and shortly afterwards, we quit skiiing! How stupid is that? My husband is happy just going snowshoeing in the winter. I'm essentially "forcing" him to go skiing with me this winter... which is why I'm the one taking the initiative to buy him some new equipment.

 

So probably something versatile -- middle of the road. Not too stiff, not too soft. I'm guessing something around 170cm?? I was thinking low to mid 80's waist. But this is just based on reading stuff online. He's a pretty conservative skier, and always focusing on having good technique.

 

Thanks again, everyone! Next up will be boots... and then clothes... and maybe a helmet??? I'm starting to remember why I quit skiing now... :(

 

post #9 of 10


Great to hear of a woman pushing her husband to get back into skiing.

 

Having come from the long skinny ski era myself, I hated the short carvers ,but love the new fatter rocker skis .

I suggest he will need minimal waisting as he will already know how too carve a ski.

 

I tried the K2 Hardsides and really enjoyed them. I am taller and heavier than your man so I would not like to suggest a length for him.

 

I am now buying some Armada JJs and I reckon Armada also have a few options that would suit your man.

 

A rocker ski with good length will help him get that stability he enjoyed with the old skinnies but not hook up on the tip and tails and just make skiing nice and easy.

 

We are in a glorious era of skis and I concurr with the others that a new pair of boots is esential. Go for a nice soft forward flex, with stiffer lateral flex. It willl make your day so much easier and more relaxing.

 

Good luck.
 

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Originally Posted by waltzonice View Post

I'm looking for some new all mountain skis to buy for my husband. Here's his specs:

 

Height: 5' 8"

Weight: 145 lbs (athletic and fit)

Age: 51

Level: Advanced/Expert

 

We have only skied once in the last 10 years. Prior to that, we would ski 10 to 20 days per season and would ski pretty much anything, including the double black bowls in Breckenridge and Vail. We would still like to do some moguls, though as we're getting older, maybe not quite as much as we used to do. Our old skis are 20 years old -- long and skinny. We will mostly be skiing in Breckenridge. Any suggestions on length, ski specs, brand, etc would be appreciated.

 

I just bought some for myself online. I bought a pair of 146cm Nordica Victory, 2010 model. I bought this based on some online reviews, and found a great price on some new ones. I'm 5' 0" and 110 lbs. Hope I made the right choice!

post #10 of 10

As said above, I'd suggest buying some new boots first. The boots these days are fantastic. Then I'd demo some skis before settling on a pair. I'd also suggest taking some lessons, because with the new styles of ski's, you'll probably want to "re-learn" skiing. The "Old-School" methods are pretty much out the window, along with the old skinny skis. You'll both probably do great, and you'll enjoy your new skis SO much more after learning how to most effectively utilize them. Best of luck! You have one VERY lucky husband.

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