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Best all mountain skis for intermediate skier


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Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1

I have some Elan 86?  Need new skis for mostly groomed with some powder. Mostly icy groomed runs.

Any opinions? I am 6"2 weigh 200 lbs. Ski in MN and CO/UT for a couple days a year.

Joe Lange · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 20

Nordica Enforcer 93 or Salomon QST 99 and you will be set! Probably in a 180-185 length.

tsherry · · Portland, OR · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 526

I'm pretty happy with Salomon mtn explore skis. Got them set up for backcountry, but use them inbounds too. Float really nice on powder.
https://www.salomon.com/en-us/shop/product/n-mtn-explore-88.html#1191=10802

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1
tsherry wrote: I'm pretty happy with Salomon mtn explore skis. Got them set up for backcountry, but use them inbounds too. Float really nice on powder.
https://www.salomon.com/en-us/shop/product/n-mtn-explore-88.html#1191=10802

Those look sweet, I wish I had the time/$$$ to go to somewhere with powder     MN is a sea of very hard man made ice right now, with temps in the -20 degree range. 

I am considering the Head Monster 88TI....waiting for a sale since the season is half over.  My Elan's are still breathing though, so at least I am able to get out.
Idaho Bob · · McCall, ID · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 452

Go to a demo day at your ski hill.  Try as many different brands, models, lengths as possible.  The best ski is dependent on so many variables that recommendations from others is just a starting point.  What counts is how it ski for you.

divnamite · · New York, NY · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 90

Buy for your local hills, rent when out in CO/UT. I ski on the east coast, so it's hard-packed/ice 80%, with some fresh snow 1520%. <90mm skis serve me well in most cases. You also want something stiff on those icy days. I really like Blizzard's Brahma is good, Atomic Vantage 83 is really good.

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1
divnamite wrote: Buy for your local hills, rent when out in CO/UT. I ski on the east coast, so it's hard-packed/ice 80%, with some fresh snow 1520%. <90mm skis serve me well in most cases. You also want something stiff on those icy days. I really like Blizzard's Brahma is good, Atomic Vantage 83 is really good.

That is typically what I do...there are some destinations that isn't really optimal for, but I can live with bringing my rock skis when that happens.

B Jolley · · Utah · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 172

Go demo several pairs in one day so you get a close comparison on the same snow. Everyone skis differently, opinions can only get you so far.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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