Author Topic: Right specs for a big, burly intermediate skier  (Read 1968 times)


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Re: Right specs for a big, burly intermediate skier
« on: January 03, 2012, 06:59:12 am »

when you say you are committed to learning 'carving' or any other technique...what do you mean in terms of commitment?

How many days will you ski this season (or any season)--how much time will you spend actually doing painstakingly precise drills during those days?  Where are you skiing?  What do you want to ski down?

The parameters you've already set for yourself seem to be  pretty wise.  A longer, stiffer mid-waist (80-100) ski with camber is what you want.

If you came into the shop I work in I'd put you on something like the Elan Apex (which is 88mm across the waist).  The Head Peak 84 might be a good ski for you as well (but I've never skied one).  If we sold Dynastars, I'd put you on a legend 94.  The Experience 88, is a good ski, but you have to know what you want as it's appeal is pretty specific. 

I'm sure the atomics you list are pretty decent skis as well.  Fischer makes the motive 84 which would fit what you are describing.

If you have the money, I suspect either the Kastle MX78 or 88 would be a one and done deal for you.

I would not put you on a skinnier carving ski unless you had a real desire to become an expert carve-specialist  and were about to make a huge commitment in time and money to pursue that goal. 

The good news is, that even for an off-the chart big guy (and in the world of skiing-6'4" 275 is off the charts) there are a lot of capable skis that can handle the pressures you'd apply and still deliver a great ride.

Oh, and get some good boots from a quality boot fitter.  What's a good boot? Talk to the boot fitter as the answers to that question are as variable as the answers to 'what's a good ski?".