Old 16-01-08, 03:09 PM   #1
 
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Fat skis, heavyweight skier

I weigh 280lbs. someone told me a 85-90 waist width ski would be like a 180lb skier on a 68 waist width ski and would be good for groomed skiing. i have only been skiing a dozen times or so but i ski all the blues at breckenridge using the basic rental skis. i would like to buy some skis but would like to get something that works the best without having to try 40 different skis. thanks
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Old 21-01-08, 09:43 PM   #2
 
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The ski manufacturers should be able to recommend a ski based on your weight and skiing ability. Go into their websites and ask the question. Or next time at Breckenridge, ask the rental shop. Most likely, the employee fitting you won't have the foggiest idea--so go to the rental manager. (or, go to your local ski shop and get some advice from them)

Nothing wrong with demo-ing various makes/models to find what's best suited for you. (you did say you rent. Right?--so try different models every time you go. I don't think it would take more than 4 or 5 choices, once you have identified skis that are suited to bigger people.

Finally, I thought I once heard of a "big person's" ski club or blog. check them out.
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Old 24-01-08, 07:05 AM   #3
 
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The ski manufacturers should be able to recommend a ski based on your weight and skiing ability. Go into their websites and ask the question. Or next time at Breckenridge, ask the rental shop. Most likely, the employee fitting you won't have the foggiest idea--so go to the rental manager. (or, go to your local ski shop and get some advice from them)

Nothing wrong with demo-ing various makes/models to find what's best suited for you. (you did say you rent. Right?--so try different models every time you go. I don't think it would take more than 4 or 5 choices, once you have identified skis that are suited to bigger people.

Finally, I thought I once heard of a "big person's" ski club or blog. check them out.
i agree wholeheartedly. can't hurt to ask.
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