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Im looking into buying my first pair of skis. I have rented for a long time and I ski enough now to warrant some good intermediate "all-mountain" skis. I am a aggressive skier, however, not enough time in boots to be considered an advanced skier. What do you ski on and do you have any suggestions???

I have been looking around and found one or two skis from most the well known companies that would suit my needs, I just need to start narrowing it down.

Saloman
x-wing tornado
x10

Atomic
M 11

Dynastar
Contact
legend 8000

Fisher
RX8

Head
i.XRC 800
i.monster

K2
Recon
Apache crossfire

Nordica
Speed Mach 3
SUV

Rossignol
Z5

Volkl
s4
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I still ski on rentals myself..
 

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I used to ski quite a bit, but stopped just as the shaped ski revolution was starting....This may or may not be before your time, but regardless, I always skied Rossi's and salomen's. Always had trouble with the salomens tips breaking while skiing moguls or hitting jumps. This may have changed since then, it might not have though. Rossi's in my opinion are the best ski out there for any level skiier. Hope this helps.
 

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I'm still skiing on the same K2 Escape 2500's I bought a few years back. Cheap and durable - haven't broken them yet.
 

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Ski Net has a pretty good comparison tool. Keep in mind that the skis you listed pretty much fall in the expert category and aren't going to be forgiving of mistakes or poor technique at all.
 

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I have always been a big fan of the olins for the mountain skiing, and k2 for the straight downhill stuff. Allways with solomon bindings, and nordica boots. Get what feels right.
 

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I have Atomics, but I don't know if they even make them anymore. They always had the coolest color schemes, I thought
 

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Atomic shorties (Trick Skis)...have no idea what they are called.

Did not ski this year, next year it will be CO again I think.
 

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Dynastars from like 1998...not shaped, but i have skied everywhere from Killington VT, to Jackson Hole Wyoming on them. They let me 360 and full mountain ride just fine, get something in your price range because honestly i am no better on a 1000 dollar set than i am on my 300 dollar dynastars
 

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I tear it up on:

Line Chronics with Line Reactor 12 bindings for all mountain stuff,

http://www.getboards.com/snow/twintips/line06/chronic_zm.gif
http://www.ski-injury.com/reactor10.jpg

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Line Skogan Sprangs with Salomon 912Ti bindings in the park.

http://www.skionline.pl/sprzet/zdjecia/01/wiazania/Salomon/s 912 ti pe2.jpg

Sometime at the end of the season I'm going to pick up a set of either K2 Public Enemys or Volkl Karmas.

http://getboards.com/snow/twintips/k206/public07.html
http://www.volkl.com/ski/freeskiing_karma.html

You don't seem to be leaning towards twin tips, but seriously take a look at the Karmas. They're very similar to all mountain skis in terms of their dimensions, and they're very durable... I also stick with Salomon for bindings, because they have a great 5 year warranty.
 

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I like white pants
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the PNASTY said:
I tear it up on:

Line Chronics with Line Reactor 12 bindings for all mountain stuff,

http://www.getboards.com/snow/twintips/line06/chronic_zm.gif
http://www.ski-injury.com/reactor10.jpg

and

Line Skogan Sprangs with Salomon 912Ti bindings in the park.

http://www.skionline.pl/sprzet/zdjecia/01/wiazania/Salomon/s 912 ti pe2.jpg

Sometime at the end of the season I'm going to pick up a set of either K2 Public Enemys or Volkl Karmas.

http://getboards.com/snow/twintips/k206/public07.html
http://www.volkl.com/ski/freeskiing_karma.html

You don't seem to be leaning towards twin tips, but seriously take a look at the Karmas. They're very similar to all mountain skis in terms of their dimensions, and they're very durable... I also stick with Salomon for bindings, because they have a great 5 year warranty.
Yeah tricks and jumps arent really my fancy. The 87mm waist is overkill and will hurt me becuase I dont get fresh powder as much as I get groomed.
 

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I've got a decent quiver of skis myself...but likely nothing you'd be interested in skiing on.

Seeing as you're from MN, I assume you're doing most of your skiing locally, so you really don't need a wide ski. When you say you're an aggressive skier...does that mean you like to go fast or you like bumps or you're big into steeps? That will help determine what ski you should get. Without knowing anything about the way you ski...I'd say look at the X-Wing's, Rossignol Bandit B2's, Head Mad Trix, K2 Apache Outlaws or Recons, or even a Rossignal Scratch FS. All those are going to have mild side-cut and be more forgiving if you make a mistake but will stand up to quite a bit of aggressive skiing and punishment...and all of them will hold their own out west if you ever go.

The very best thing you can do is demo (or borrow) a couple pair of skis that you're interested in, ski them for a day each and the decide what you like the best. You can read all kinds of info online, but you'll never really know what you like until try them out and see for yourself.

Where in MN are you skiing? I'm out at Welch Village pretty much every weekend.

Check out www.evogear.com...they've got great prices on skis and some package deals too.
 

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I ski on a few pairs my dad found at a garage sale a decade or so ago. None cost more than about $5. Canadian. My favorites still have strap bindings... One pair is cracked right down the middle, too.

If you don't know what you want then just get what's easily available.
 

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CYLax said:
I've got a decent quiver of skis myself...but likely nothing you'd be interested in skiing on.

Seeing as you're from MN, I assume you're doing most of your skiing locally, so you really don't need a wide ski. When you say you're an aggressive skier...does that mean you like to go fast or you like bumps or you're big into steeps? That will help determine what ski you should get. Without knowing anything about the way you ski...I'd say look at the X-Wing's, Rossignol Bandit B2's, Head Mad Trix, K2 Apache Outlaws or Recons, or even a Rossignal Scratch FS. All those are going to have mild side-cut and be more forgiving if you make a mistake but will stand up to quite a bit of aggressive skiing and punishment...and all of them will hold their own out west if you ever go.

The very best thing you can do is demo (or borrow) a couple pair of skis that you're interested in, ski them for a day each and the decide what you like the best. You can read all kinds of info online, but you'll never really know what you like until try them out and see for yourself.

Where in MN are you skiing? I'm out at Welch Village pretty much every weekend.

Check out www.evogear.com...they've got great prices on skis and some package deals too.
I usually ski at Lutsen every so often, well worth the 4 hour drive compared to whats around the cities I have encountered. Im more of a steeps person myself who loves to hold my egdes. Also tend to make it out west about twice a year.
 

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Found a picture of the Atomic 123's (wife and I both bought them) She has normal skis too:



They are not real short and they work great. I hate the new curved skis, this is why I got these shorties.

I also have Big Foot shorties, look something like the Originals but were double the cost when I lived in Austria.


m_chevy - I also ski on water, I am not all that good. But I also wakeboard, and barefoot too, along with extreme tubing with the barefooting suite on...LOL
 
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