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Looking for a new ski to use at Sunday River this season - any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!!

post #1 of 7
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Just looking for some ideas on a new ski for the season. I'm mid 40's and would consider myself an advanced skier that still likes to go fast and furious. I've had back surgery a few years ago so I stay off the bumps now stick to the groomed stuff but do like the powder (when we get some) and my young kids drag me through every tree trail there is at Sunday River......from Blind Ambition to Flying Monkey!!!!

 

I'm on an Apache Recon right now but want to get something with a little more zip this year.....looking for suggestions on skis to check out....I'm not interested in going very wide under foot - I'm at 78mm right now and prefer to stay in the 75-80 range if possible...but I'm open to anything that you think will be a good ski at Sunday River ME.

 

Thanks in advance!!!!!!

post #2 of 7

Demo the Volkl AC 30.  Great all around ski that will do everything you want.  I am also in the east and ski fast and hard but I have an additional 10+ years on you.  I knew I wanted these skis after I took only 2 runs off of a demo truck last season.

 

They will also aquit themselves well if you go out west for a week or so.

 

Another couple of good choice would be the new Nordica Tempest which replaced the Hot Rod Nitrous which was my ski before the AC30.  For a value ski, I would reccomend the Rossi Avenger 76 Carbon.  Though it is marketed as an intermediate to advance level ski, when I demo'ed it last season I was very impressed with its capabilites and that it felt more like a higher end ski.  I actually liked them better than the Classic 80's (now Strato 80's) which are a higher end ski.

 

Good luck,

 

Rick G

post #3 of 7

+1 on the AC30. Great option for what you are looking for. Also check out the Blizzard 8.1 and the Dynastar Sultan 80. 

post #4 of 7

If you're actually serious about < 78, are actually advanced, and actually like to push it, and weigh say at least 180, the Dynastar Contact 4x4 would seem perfect: Smooth, solid at real speed, superb on ice, reasonably quick, versatile enough that it can handle mild bumps or light pow if called upon. If you're lighter than that, or prefer a lighter, livelier feel, might switch recommendation to Blizzard Supersonic. Can also handle zooming (although slightly lower speed limit), also great on ice, better in bumps or tight quarters, close call in light pow, not as planted in crud or stiff heavy snow. If you consider yourself a power skier, then the Contact. If a finesse skier, then the Blizzard. 

post #5 of 7

I am older than you, but might describe myself the same. My current skis are Fischer RX8.  I tried the AC30 a year and a half ago and found them bland.  Capable but bland.  For my money, I liked the Tigershark 10 a lot better. More life -- but that, apparently, is what I want.  Because they were a deal, I recently bought a pair of Dynastar contact 4x4's slightly used; I'm hoping they are not too burly.  I know a lot of folks like the AC30, but I found them only a slightly stiffer version of the K2's.

Just my $0.02.

post #6 of 7

Which version of the AC30 did you ski.  The most recent version with the Marker Wide Ride Binding is a different ski than the original version of 2-4 seasons ago. 

 

I new I wanted the 2010 AC30's after 2 runs from a demo truck.  I had never felt that good so quickly on a ski.  Truth be told, I wanted them after the 1st run but wanted to do a 2nd run just to be sure.  Felt like it was custom made to my specs.

 

Of course your opinion may vary,

 

Rick G

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All great posts here - thanks for the many recommendations. I have been looking at the AC30s .... also been looking at the new Tigershark 11 which is supposed to be somewhere in between the 10 and 12 from last year. Does anyone have comments on that ski?

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