Old 25-11-07, 11:20 AM   #1
 
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Help Picking Skis - going shorter

This is my first post to a site like this, so if I make a mistake, I am sorry. I need help picking new skiis. I went to college in VT and moved to Breckenridge to feed my skiing need, but that was a long time ago. I am still skiing my Dynaster CMS 203's or CMG 207's, so needless to say, my gear is way outdated. Now my three sons are skiing well enough that we can ride the whole mountain together so I feel I need new equipment, but I don't know what to get. I am about 6' tall and almost 200 lbs. I used to ski bumps competitively, but I had to use the CMS's as regular bump skiis were too squishy in the nose for my weight. I play competitive soccer still, so my weight is mostly muscle mass in my legs hence having several questions-- I would like to get an aggressive ski for the bumps, trees, and crud, but I still need to cruise with my wife in the afternoon. I like Jay Peak, Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen in VT and Waterville and Cannon in NH, but I hope to start skiing out west again. I have looked at the Volkl AC40, but with a waist size at over 80, I am nervous as my current waist is only 63. I realize the tip-waist-tail ratio will set up fine, but I am nervous that I won't be able to rip it around in the wet bumps in the trees at a place like Jay Peak. Finally, what length should I get? When I go into shops they are trying to sell me on 170s or so, but I can't help thinking that would wash out on me when I'm cruising GS turns on the faces at Sugarbush or Cannon, but I'm nervous that a 184 would be too much as nobody seems to want to sell that length to me. Needless to say, I'm totally confused. HELP
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Old 26-11-07, 11:29 PM   #2
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Volkl is a good brand, but i personally like Rossignol. It doesnt really matter about the brand as much as comfort, style, and how well it performs. I suggest you go to a store and try them out rather than buy online, that way you can take them back. also i have heard of places where they have some sort of set up that you can actually ski on to try skis out. dont know where it is or how well it works but it sounds cool. congrats on ur first post!
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Old 27-11-07, 12:07 AM   #3
 
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Is there a Rossi you would suggest I try? I've not liked any since the old blue 4s's. They seemed to bog down in the bumps and trees. The last pair I tried was something like a double "X" in day old powder.
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Old 27-11-07, 03:19 AM   #4
 
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hey there,
I've lived in Breck for a while, 1996-2003, and know what kind of skiing you are talking about. I've also worked for multiple ski shop in Breck & in Minnesota. I would say that you should first of all start with the length. I would suggest something around the 178cm to 184cm ski. I always preferred a wood core as opposed to foam core ski. They seem to be more torsionally stable and don't feel as "hollow" under foot. I would also suggest something with a little bit of a sidecut for your GS turns, but something that will allow you to rip some zipper lines. check out this website: GoBallzout.com. I would suggest the Scott Mission Aversion or the Scott P3 Aversion (Scott pro team choice). Both of the ski's are a wood core. The Mission is a wider body, more for ripping fast open lines, super stable underfoot, and longitudinally and torsionally stiff. The P3 is more narrow than the Mission but still maintains the torsional and longitudinal stiffness (that's why they market towards the park and pipe). It's also slightly lighter than the Mission. Hope this helps. Any more questions feel free to ask.
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Old 29-11-07, 03:38 PM   #5
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i have an old brand of rossi right now that i luv, idk if it will work for moguls or huge bumps. Its like Rossignol Edge or something, idk, i got it at a flea market along w/ my salamon boots for 20 bucks all together. they work for me tho. good luck!
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i personally love the line skis the chronic is a good all around ski it is basd for freestyle but it is awsome when u r bump skiiing and they are 90 at the waist so they work well on the powder and groomed runs
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Old 15-12-07, 10:22 AM   #7
 
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thank you

thank you all for your help. I actually lucked out by finidng a pair of demo volant gravity's at a surpluss store near me. I used to ski volant and was actually looking for a pair of machetes, but the gravity was a good ski too. Thanks to all who chimed in.
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