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New to the community and really enjoyed reading the forums because it seems like there are a lot of experienced, friendly folks out there willing to share honest comments.

 

My situation: LOVE to ski when I get the chance (getting difficult with arrival of 3rd kid) and enjoy most of the mountain (except steep bumps).  I am 6'0/185 -- advanced/expert level skier.  I am still on Dynastar Ski Cross 66 (186?) and loved them for years because they are FAST and carve like crazy over everything, but lately as I wander off-piste more and more, I find them sinking in the pow.  SO I am looking to change it up and get a wider waist.  So far I have looked at Rossignol XC 97 and Volkl Bridge -- open to comments and thanks for sharing!  Cheers

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My first thoughts are the Head John 94, can be had cheap new..tho your best bet is demo everything in 84~90'smm or perhaps fatter. This will be your fat ski in your quiver or main one ski? Also, what  location do you usually ski east~west,Canada etc? Anyways, welcome to the forum :)

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If you like the Dynastar brand, as I do, you can pick up Legend Pros (100 underfoot) or XXL's (109 waist) for cheap in Gear Swap at http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9 Both will give you good firm snow performance and float a bit better in the soft stuff. Some of the newer skis will offer tip raise/rocker for better soft snow performance. Trade off is, I like my traditional skis better in firm conditions, so I have a quiver of 5-6 pairs to use the one that matches up with what I think I will mostly be skiing that day. It is a good idea to plan for a 2-3 ski quiver IMO.

There are so many nice skis out there and I never get a chance to demo equipment, so I read up here and in tech talk at TGR to get a feel for what guys like that are my similar size. So far that has worked really well for me except one purchase where the skis were just to burly for my abilities. Sold them at a small lose equal to a few days demo fee.

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New to the community and really enjoyed reading the forums because it seems like there are a lot of experienced, friendly folks out there willing to share honest comments.

 

My situation: LOVE to ski when I get the chance (getting difficult with arrival of 3rd kid) and enjoy most of the mountain (except steep bumps).  I am 6'0/185 -- advanced/expert level skier.  I am still on Dynastar Ski Cross 66 (186?) and loved them for years because they are FAST and carve like crazy over everything, but lately as I wander off-piste more and more, I find them sinking in the pow.  SO I am looking to change it up and get a wider waist.  So far I have looked at Rossignol XC 97 and Volkl Bridge -- open to comments and thanks for sharing!  Cheers


what mountain(s) do you normally ski at? where on that mountain do you normal ski?

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I am living in Italy, so I've been skiing the Alps.  The resorts are great because they are linked together, so there is tons of terrain.  I've noticed a lot of interesting off-piste possibilities which is why I want to get some fatter skis to stay above the pow.

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Thanks BradyN -- plz see my reply below, [lucky to be] skiing in the Alps for the next few years...

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