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Snowboard convert looking for ski help!

post #1 of 9
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Hi all,

 

I've been reading through the threads here at Epic Ski and must say I love the site and dedication to the sport and have thrown in to support this community right off the bat. A little background on me:

 

I started on skis when I was younger and skied for about 3 years when I took up snowboarding. I've been on a snowboard for the past 12 years and have decided I'd like to take up skiing again this winter. My girlfriend of 6 years skis and I'd like to join her back on skis. My riding style was advanced intermediate to advanced but I never got into the park, I've always been more into free riding the mountain and all mountain riding over the park.

 

I have a trip planned to SLC this winter and have reserved demo rentals through Utah Ski & Golf (50% off rental reservations if reserved before Nov 13th by the way!). They appear to have a wide range of skis to demo; Atomic, Dynastar, Line, Fischer, K2, Head, Rossignol, Volkl, Salomon, Nordica and Blizzard. My question is what skis would you guys suggest I try? I'm thinking I will take a refresher lesson to get the basics back and see how it goes the first day back on skis but I'm also looking to purchase a pair of skis this winter. I'll be keeping my board for those days I want to ride. I've been reading good things about the Line Prophet 90s and Flites. I'm 6'2" and 195 lbs, would the flite be too forgiving for me? I anticipate the first season to be mostly groomers to get my ski legs back, but I'm really looking for a ski I can grow into as I progress.

 

I know it's a big stretch for the first season back on skis, but I anticipate picking it back up relatively quick and getting to the point of at least an intermediate level by mid season.

 

I'm using SLC as a feeler for skis and would love to hear what models you guys would recommend. If all goes well on a pair in SLC, I'm planning to purchase for my Tahoe trip and Banff trip already planned for this year.

 

Sometimes I think I'm nuts to want to switch during a La Nina year with those trips already on the books, but what better place(s) to switch, right!

 

I look forward to becoming a part of this dedicated community. Thanks in advance for the help!

post #2 of 9
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I'm going to amend this to say that I know boots come first, but boots to me are one of those things that I will try on multiple pair at the shop and know which one I'd like to give a shot on the hill. I asked about the skis first to know what set would be a good jumping off point. I'm seeing a trend here on the forums that people want to know that you have your head on straight prior to responding to posts and that you've done some homework. So, I'm going to ask about some boots that I've read about to see if anyone has any experience with them or can point me in the right direction of a good boot to start on. Same criteria as above, not a complete beginner boot, something I can wear and grow in over the next couple of seasons as I expect to progress rather quickly to make the transition from riding to skiing.

 

That being said, has anyone had any experience with the Dalbello Aerro series boots? I'm going for a comfort leaning boot to start so I'm not sticking myself into the stiffness of an expert boot. What about the Lange Blaster Pros, or the Salomon Mission RS12s? I'm hoping by getting some boot direction from the community it will lead to a starting point at which skis to start out with and bindings as well (been reading good things about the Marker Griffon). 

 

I respect a lot of what I've read on the forums and appreciate any feedback you can give to make the transition easier. Thanks!

post #3 of 9

With the snowboard background, and the places you're headed, you might start right off with a powder ski. Lots of skiers who have youthful legs can tolerate the downside of the fat ski, and of course, when you're in pow, well....

 

so on your list: Atomic Bent Chetlers, Dynastar Sixth Sense Huge, Dynastar Sultan 85 or wider, Fisher Watea 94 or 104 or 114, Rossignol RC Pro 112, Rossignol S7, Volkl Kendo, Mantra, Gotama, Kuro, and so on. Several brands with widths from 85 to140 (half a snowboard) others will come up with more specifics, but these are powder and all mountain boards that the shop you're dealing with should have.

post #4 of 9

I made the conversion to skiing last year. I had a basic base when it came to skiing from when I was younger. I started back on the Prophet 100. Definitely still one of my favorite ski's out of everything I rode lat year. And I would pick a pair up again if I was looking for a big name brand. I think the Flite won't be enough ski for you very soon. But take the time to demo. If you want to get a little more exotic in your demo experience check these guys out http://www.wasatchpowderskis.com when your in SLC.

 

BTW going back to two planks was the best switch ever.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys! So far on my radar for demo skis and boots are:

 

Line Prophet 90s or 100s

Rossignol S86

K2 Rictor

Volkl Kendo or Mantra

Dynastar Sultan 85

 

Boots:

Dalbello Aerro

Lange Blaster Pro

Nordica Hot Rod 105

Salomon Mission RS12s (my snowboard boots have mostly been Salomon and they've always been great, would like to give them a shot in ski boots as well)

 

I only have 3 ski days in SLC (4, but I'm reserving one day for riding if we get dumped on), so narrowing this list down or suggesting anything over these selections would be great. I'm trying to mix in a few rocker skis with traditional camber skis to see if I can even tell a difference, I've read some do and some don't, so I do want to make sure I demo at least 1 rocker ski and 1 traditional camber.

 

Thanks for the tip on Wasatchpowderskis.com, I'll keep them in mind!

 

 

 

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

With the snowboard background, and the places you're headed, you might start right off with a powder ski. Lots of skiers who have youthful legs can tolerate the downside of the fat ski, and of course, when you're in pow, well....

 

so on your list: Atomic Bent Chetlers, Dynastar Sixth Sense Huge, Dynastar Sultan 85 or wider, Fisher Watea 94 or 104 or 114, Rossignol RC Pro 112, Rossignol S7, Volkl Kendo, Mantra, Gotama, Kuro, and so on. Several brands with widths from 85 to140 (half a snowboard) others will come up with more specifics, but these are powder and all mountain boards that the shop you're dealing with should have.


I've done a little more reading on the S7s (sounds like a great ski) but would it be worth looking at those to start on for the transition or are they too backcountry/pow oriented for what I anticipate to be a year of mostly groomed runs and minor off piste dabbling. My budget for skis/boots/bindings is going to be about $1000 with the expectation of adding a pair or two for those specialty days in the seasons ahead. I'd rather get that medium ground ski first and add the specialty skis after the fact. Thanks for the suggestions!

post #7 of 9
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Well, after a few trips to the mountain, I think I've been able to narrow down my choices.

 

First, thanks to this community, I found a great bootfitter in Brent Amsbury in Park City by reading through the forums. My girlfriend and I both got our boots fitted through him during our NYE trip to SLC and the experience was great and the boots fit amazingly well. He put me in a Nordica Hot Rod 105 and she's in a Salomon Idol 9.

 

I've been able to demo the following skis and I think I'm narrowing the decision down.

 

Rossi S7

Rossi S6 Jib

Rossi SC87

Line Prophet 100

Icelantic Shaman

Volkl Gotama

 

Being my first year back on skis, I really enjoyed the Line Prophet 100 since I didn't get off piste much to get used to skis again. I'd like to give the Prophet 90 a shot yet to see what the difference in the 100 vs 90 would be and if it's a noticeable difference. The Gotamas weren't too bad, but I noticed I had to work harder on the hard pack than the Prophets. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the S7s on the groomers and the small amount of fresh I found was a dream with these! I was quite surprised how easy they were to get on edge and drive through the hard pack, the flapping was a bit weird, but didn't phase me one bit, so that is still in the running, but I think the S7 may be something for me to look into over the next few ski seasons since I'll be skiing mostly groomers this year while taking lessons to clean up my skiing.

 

I just wanted to update this thread and say thank you again to this community, the knowledge, reviews and recommendations have been invaluable. Thank you!

post #8 of 9

As mentioned with your snowboard background go fatter if off-piste is the main objective.

 

You should also look at Coreupt Richard Permin or the mentioned Bent Chetlers (in a 192 length). Of the latter I skied the 183 since I am lighter and smaller than you but was blown away by their versatility. Even on hardpack they are doing fine as long as it is not bulletproof.

post #9 of 9
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Thanks for the heads up PowHog! I haven't heard of the Coreupts, and I may find it hard to demo those and for my first pair of skis, I don't know if I want to take the leap of blind faith without previously skiing them. Are you aware of anyplace in Tahoe or Banff that carry those in demo? I'll be in Tahoe at the end of Jan and Banff the end of Feb. Thanks!

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