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Before I head to ESA Snowmass, I will be in Solitude for four days at Christmas. Planning to do the Demo ski package. Have boots. I am 44, 6', about 210-215, probably low advanced by the ratings systems I have seen (like a 7) with no Western or real soft snow experience, not a real hard charger but I think I enjoy smooth controlled speed and to vary my turn length. Doubt I will be looking for large bumps or tight trees, but lower ends of those spectra are certainly possible. Looking at this as the beginning of trying to decide what I like rather than as a prelude to purchase.

 

The shop at Solitude told me they expect to have Atomic, Head, and K2 as their available brands. The only nice ski that I have been on in the last ten years was a friends Magfire 10 last year on hardpack and man made at Whiteface. At 168, in too-wide rental boots, they seemed tip-hooky to me off the hardpack unless I had them fully on edge. I assume they were probably a little short or set too forward. or both. Soo... any demo recommendations for skis/lengths? And I think more importantly, please let me know if there is anything somebody my size should probably avoid so I don't end up wasting a half day on something too short or too soft. Thanks.

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Just test what skis you can. Anything anyone tells you here is going to be based on what they like in a ski--or dislike.

 

The only thing I can add is that 168 is too short for you, given your stats. You probably want to be over 170 and probably somwehre around 178-180, unless it's a really stiff or burly ski.

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Assuming that you are past the too large rental boot thing and have your own boots, any of those brands will have a good offering for you. If you are still in rental boots, there is a good chance that you will be chasing your tail in ski selection and to some extent wasting your money in a training clinic.

 

SJ

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Assuming that you are past the too large rental boot thing and have your own boots, any of those brands will have a good offering for you. If you are still in rental boots, there is a good chance that you will be chasing your tail in ski selection and to some extent wasting your money in a training clinic.

 

SJ


He IS is his own boots, he got set up by at my old shop.

 

I am not a fan of any of Head's Peak skis, the doesn't ski well.

 

Dry conditions...

K2 Aftershock

Atomic Nomad Ti

 

I think you will really like the Aftershock. 

 

Deeper Snow...

Atomic Coax and Atlas

K2 Hardside and Fujas. 

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Thanks guys!

 

Jim-- Phil is correct, took care of that as priority one. Have Krypton, will travel.

 

Phil-- will definitely try to hit that list, beginning with the Aftershock if they have. Hopefully I will need the deeper snow list!

 

I'll look to be over 180 length given the tip rise on the all-mountain lines, nothing under the K2 174s. I'll report back.

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Jim-- Phil is correct, took care of that as priority one. Have Krypton, will travel.

 


Awersum........................yahoo.gif

 

SJ

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Awersum........................

 

SJ


I learned me right from EpicSki.

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Okay.... 6'0", 210 lbs, low level 7 skier, first trip out west. Solitude 12/26-12/30

 

Head Peak 78, black and silver. Close to 180 length I think (177 maybe). Tried them because the rental shop suggested them for all terrain use, and I didn't want to look like a prima donna. Skied them for a morning. Packed powder base with 3-5" new snow during the day. Hated them. Felt like the tip was always flapping and getting deflected by even the smallest bit of crud, even on the times when I had them on edge. Maybe I would have liked them more if I was in the bumps or trees without deep snow, or if I was lighter. I just felt unstable even on the groomers so I stuck with the plan and swapped them out at lunchtime, for...

 

K2 Aftershock, 174, as per recommendations. First ride of the season for the pair I was on. Now we're talking. Really liked this, especially by comparison. Nice and stable, responsive to variable turns though I think it wanted to go larger rather than tighter. Did get some flapping of the early rise tip at higher speeds but nothing disconcerting. Didn't kill me when I rode the tail, which I tend to do. Blew through soft crud and set nicely in the softer stuff. A little heavy and stiff to maneuver through the blue bumps, but I am not yet a good bump skier. The ski skied really well on the blue and black groomed and ungroomed at Solitude day 1 with 3-5" fresh over packed, day 2 packed and a little windblown, and day 3 with windblown and skied off mid trail. Would have liked to try it day 5,  the day after 18" of fresh, but stuck with what I had had on day 4...

 

Atomic Coax, 174. 2010's model. Woke up to 9" day 4, still snowing, traded in the Aftershocks for the Coax. Last years model I believe. Ended up with over the knee powder. First time I have ever skied in deep powder or on fat skis (105mm underfoot, so not even that fat). Float was great. I'm pretty heavy so they rode midway in the pow but kept moving and rising. Sometimes I was up to my knees, deeper in the trees. Skis were stable, handled the lurking crud, responded quickly in the trees and on the occasions when I hit bottom edged nicely and rose back up. Blue bumps were fine.  Groomers and ungroomed cold crud and blue bumps on day 5 were ok. Skis were stable enough and turned securely though wouldn't have been my first choice. Headed for the trees and the groomer edges when I could. Wanted to try the K2s again for a few runs just to see the difference but we were leaving and I didn't want to spend the time changing.

 

So thanks for the recommendations. Looking forward to trying more stuff!

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