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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I recently relocated to the Vail, CO area and since I'll be skiing a lot more this year, I'd like to buy my own skis.

 

The Vail swap meet is coming up next weekend and I'd like to pick up a nice pair of used skis but I need to have an idea what I'm looking for before I go.

 

I'm 44, 5' 9" tall and 180 lbs.  I consider myself an intermediate level skier and I generally stick to the blue runs.  I enjoy the groomed stuff more than the off-piste and I'd like to work on improving my carving skills.

 

I'm thinking an all-mountain ski would be a good choice for their versatility, somewhere in the 170 range.  I've read some reviews and one of the skis that seemed like a good choice was the Volkl AC30.

 

What other brands/models should I consider?

 

Thanks,

 

Alan

post #2 of 9

You don't mention boots.  If you don't have your own skis it seems unlikely you have boots.  There is an excellent bootfitter in Vail, Greg Hoffman.  Go see and get a properly fitting pair of boots before worrying about skis.  If your boots don't fit properly, you will not be able to control your skis adequately.  I would advise demoing skis for a while to find out what you really like.

post #3 of 9

Absolutely boots first.  That being said, if you can't demo, there are some skis you should be looking at.  I did a lot of research for a similar predicament (for a bit higher level skier, but still).  The AC30 is probably around the top end of intermediate skis.  Lots of experts love it, so its upwardly mobile, but not quite as tolerant as a lot of intermediate skis.  If you are an intermediate, and would like to really get good at carving, I've heard fantastic things about the Blizzard 7.6 IQ for that specific purpose.  This ski is also fairly upwardly mobile, and is very confident at speed for the category.  I'd start by looking into that.  The AC20 would also work, but won't be as good as you progress, similar to the CA version of the Nordica Igniter.

Of course, if you're buying the ski for the skier you want to be, you can't go wrong with a Volkl AC30, Blizzard 8.1 IQ max, Nordica Nitrous CA type ski.  All of which are very popular and well loved.


Edited by Rauch - 10/29/10 at 5:19am
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

I do have my own boots with custom footbeds and they fit me well.  I've been renting skis in the past because I was only able to ski 1-3 times a season, but now I will have a season pass and plan to ski as often as I can.

 

I've demoed a lot of skis in the past, but not in the past couple of years, so I'm not up on the latest models.

 

Thanks for the help!

 

Alan

post #5 of 9

The Fischer Progressor 8 is a great groomer ski for an intermediate skier who wants to improve.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions!  Here's my short list so far:

 

Blizzard Magnum 7.6 IQ

Fischer Progressor 8

Volkl AC20

 

Any other skis I should be considering?  Since I'm going to be looking at a swap meet, I'd like to have a few more options to look for in case I can't find either of these.

 

Thanks!

 

Alan

post #7 of 9

Elan Magfire 74, I have a pair and like what they can do, Hold and carve well on the groomed to hardpack, maneuverable in the bumps, bust thru the chopped up,  pretty good all around ski for on piste . might find it with binding around $400-500 range

post #8 of 9

If you get a decent amount of use out of your season pass I suspect you'll progress pretty quickly and you'll outgrow the Volk AC20 in no time.  IMHO you're better off buying the AC30, which will give you a ski that will work with you for seasons to come.

 

No doubt more ski options will be mentioned in this thread, but don't underestimate how far your skiing will improve with a few weeks of determined effort.

 

I'll add one more to the list; keep an eye out for a pair of Head Monster/Peak 78 at the swap meet - a very well regarded ski.

 

Good luck.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Rauch View Post

Absolutely boots first.  That being said, if you can't demo, there are some skis you should be looking at.  I did a lot of research for a similar predicament (for a bit higher level skier, but still).  The AC30 is probably around the top end of intermediate skis.  Lots of experts love it, so its upwardly mobile, but not quite as tolerant as a lot of intermediate skis.  If you are an intermediate, and would like to really get good at carving, I've heard fantastic things about the Blizzard 7.6 IQ for that specific purpose.  This ski is also fairly upwardly mobile, and is very confident at speed for the category.  I'd start by looking into that.  The AC20 would also work, but won't be as good as you progress, similar to the CA versions of the Nordica Nitrous and Igniter (especially the Igniter).

Of course, if you're buying the ski for the skier you want to be, you can't go wrong with a Volkl AC30, Blizzard 8.1 IQ max, Nordica Nitrous CA type ski.  All of which are very popular and well loved.



Good advice here,

 

Rick G

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