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I'm looking to buy my dad some skis for xmas. Here's the catch: he's 79 years old, which means he's no longer a very powerful skier. He's been skiing for about 70 years, so he knows what he's doing, he just doesn't have the legs to handle a lot of ski.

He almost exclusively sticks to on-piste and groomer blues and single blacks. But, since we primarily ski out west, I'd like to find him something that also won't discourage him in the event it snows. In the past he's opted to sit out on powder days.


So ideally, something that has super easy turn-in and doesn't have too much pop. Primarily for groomers, but is also easy for him to handle if it dumps overnight. I put him on a pair of Volkl AC30's last year and I think it was a bit too much ski for him. Btw, he's about 5'8", 170 lbs.

 

I posted this over in TGR but just got a bunch of fat ski suggestions. Go figure.

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I would think the best thing would be to go short.  Like 160 or 165.  Easy turning is more important than than stabilty at speed.  I would look at an intermediate to advanced all-mountain ski with a width of around 75 to 85mm.  Two that come to mind are the Dynastar Sultan 80 and Atomic Smoke ti.

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If you like Volkl's (I do!) go down one model in the line to the AC20. it kind of got lost in this years line up but is a solid easy turning int/adv all mountain ski that can handle a little soft snow.

The Rossi Avenger 76 is another that comes to mind.

This is a wonderul thing you are doing for your Dad! I am still waiting for my daughter to take me skiing just once. LOL

Good luck,

Rick G
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Was thinking along the exact same lines as the Sultan 80 and the AC20. I had also been advised to look into K2's new amp line at something like the Rictor (which I think might be a tad too stiff) or the Shockwave. But yeah, I think a 75-85mm waist will be the sweet spot for him.

 

With the Sultan 80, my impression was that it's a very heavy ski. I guess that's a good thing to smooth out the crud, but I do have a concern that the weight will be less manageable for him than something like the AC20's.

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With the Sultan 80, my impression was that it's a very heavy ski. I guess that's a good thing to smooth out the crud, but I do have a concern that the weight will be less manageable for him than something like the AC20's.


Neve skied the Sultan, but I own a pair of Dynastar Legend 8000.  I think the Sultans replaced most of the old Legend line.  The L8000 is not heavy at all.  Its a light lively ski, versatile and easy to ski in a variety of terrain and snow conditions.  Pretty sure the Sutaln 80 will be similar though a bit lower in performance.

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You are so lucky to still be skiing with your Dad at 79!  Take a half day to demo some skis for him.  Tell the shop what you're looking for, and use the term "user friendly".  Two runs on each pair, and you'll know it when you ski it.  He's worth the time!

 

Absent that, of all the brands I've skied over the years, the one that is most consistently user friendly, non-demanding and fun has been K2 (and we're not counting the fantastic but wild VO Slalom in the non-demanding club)!

 

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I do consider myself lucky that we both have skiing to share.

 

As a postmortem, I ended up ordering a pair of the 172 Sultan 80's today. He currently skis Dynastars, albeit one of their first runs of parabolics, so I know he's happy with the brand. Would have loved to have him demo skis before making a decision but the reality of the situation is that we're not going skiing until after Christmas, and the goal is to have something under the tree for him.

 

Thanks everyone for the input!

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I'm sure he'll love 'em.  And welcome to Epicski.

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