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What skis should I get?

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I am an advanced skier who is making a transition back after snowboarding for two years. I love to ski all mountain but especially and a powder dog who is always looking for it. I want a ski that is great on the mountain for non powder days but will rock the show when there is a big dump. I'm 15 at 5'11 and 130 pounds (skinny). I was looking at the volkl gotama's but I'm not sure yet. Please respond quickly.

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I am an advanced skier who is making a transition back after snowboarding for two years. I love to ski all mountain but especially and a powder dog who is always looking for it. I want a ski that is great on the mountain for non powder days but will rock the show when there is a big dump. I'm 15 at 5'11 and 130 pounds (skinny). I was looking at the volkl gotama's but I'm not sure yet. Please respond quickly.



what are you willing to sacrifice more hard pack or powder performance or somewhere in the middle. are you willing to sacrifice some powder float by adding length for some quickness when there is no new snow?

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Red ones. Quick enough?

 

Not that we'd know where you ski or lots of other (sorta important) information to make any kind of intelligent recommendations, so I'm going to stick with "red ones".

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I bet he skis at Castle Mountain Alberta.  Get Atomic D2 Race GS.  I've only read reviews, but they sound like the perfect grooomer zoomer hard snow recreational ski for an advanced skier who isn't stuck on a tiny hill.

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Taking ski advice from a person that lives in Florida is like taking financial advice from a bum.

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Taking ski advice from a person that lives in Florida is like taking financial advice from a bum.



Will arrive in Whistler tonight for the next 10 days, then 18 days off until 2 weeks in SLC. Multi-ski quivers at both locations ranging from 85 to 111mm underfoot. Why is it every genius who sees a home location where it doesn't snow makes stupid assumptions?

 

Like assuming that because you have a Canadian address that you only speak French - probably equally stoopid assumptions I'd say.

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You could look at the Atomic Nomad Crimson Ti. They're quite wide and with some rocker so they should be pretty good in powder but all the reviews I've read touts them as being extremely versatile all-mountain/all-condition skis. I'm looking at getting a pair myself as I'm told by some that they'd be similar in versatility and performance to my current pair of Atomic SX-11 Supercrosses. I've found the SX-11s to be a great ski in most types of conditions and work well for many types of skiing. They're stable as all get-out and hold like they're on rails when cruising the groomers at lightning speed sweeping huge long radius turns but have a lot of sidecut so are easy enough to ski in some bumps as well. They're a fairly narrow wasted ski so they have some limitations in deeper and heavier snow but they're not bad in, say, boot-deep pow so long as it's not too heavy/sticky.

 

If you look at the Crimson Ti they have about the same amount of sidecut as the SX-11 but are much wider. I think my SX-11s are something like 108/64/95 whereas the Crimson Tis are something like 132.5/88/121  (I may not be exact on these numbers but I'm real close) which gives the Crimsons a lot more sidecut than pretty much any other "All Mountain" ski. The fact that the two models have pretty close to the same amount of sidecut makes me think the Crimsons should behave very similarly to and be as versatile as the SX-11s but be way better in the deeper/heavier stuff because they're so much wider and have some rocker to them.

 

I've heard a lot of people say that the Crimson Tis are better for heavier skiers but I think that was the word on the SX-11s too. Nothwithstanding that, I find my 180 cm SX-11s to be super easy to turn and I'm just a relatively small guy at 5' 9" and 155 lbs. I'm also 49 so not exactly a strapping 20 year-old anymore. So based on that I kinda think it has as much or more to do with ability than it does weight but keep in mind that's just based on my gut and not on any sort of rigorous research. I think you and I would be similar in ability so I think the chances are good that you'd do well on my SX-11s and (theoretically) by extension the Crimson Tis.

 

I'm in the process of making contact with the local Atomic Rep who sold me my SX-11 demos at a sample sale. I think he should know the skis well (he certainly described the characteristics of the SX-11s well when he sold me on them) so I'm hoping to find out from him how similar the Crimson Tis are to the SX-11s. I can report back on what he says if you want.

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Line Prophet 90

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 because you have a Canadian address that you only speak French - probably equally stoopid assumptions I'd say.

 

...lol comparison fail.

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Originally Posted by time2clmb View Post

 

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 because you have a Canadian address that you only speak French - probably equally stoopid assumptions I'd say.

 

...lol comparison fail.

Exactly the point. You = not too smart. I can type slower for you next time if that will help.
 

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