I need some ski purchasing advice for a newbie. I have an opportunity to
pick up a pair of Scream 8 Pilots at a really good price, but they are 180
cm - from what I can gather from reading past posts to this newsgroup as
well as the using the ski selector on the Salomon website, I might be better
off with 170s. Will the 10 cm make a huge difference? Would I be better off
getting a Rossi B1 at 170 cm instead? Other suggestions? I don't want to be
penny-wise, pound foolish.
I'm a 44 yr old, 5'11", 174 lbs, intermediate who enjoys carving short turns
more than straight speed runs (which would seem to favor the shorter skis).
I ski in the Tahoe area. While last year was the first year I skied downhill
(carving turns on blue and a few easy black runs using some shaped K2 skis
with telemark bindings no less! - and no, I'm not a teleskier), I have been
an avid nordic skier for a five years now, participating in numerous citizen
races here and in Norway (talk about squirrelly - try the run down from
Sjusoen into Lillehammer Olympic stadium on 205 cm skinny skis). This year I
decided to take the plunge and buy real alpine gear and dedicate myself to
getting proficient on the downhills. I'm the kind of person who goes full
bore if I enjoy something (I've got 8 pairs of nordic skis and do all my own
wax/tuning - I anticipate that I'll eventually have several pairs of alpine
skis and I also plan on doing my own waxing/tuning for these guys). So I
want a pair of skis that aren't too much for me (i.e. allow me to learn) but
also don't hold me back. Realistically, this season will be spend on the
groomers, getting comfortable on the black diamond runs, with an occasional
powder day (as much as we get them in Tahoe). I anticipate that I will
eventually be going off piste when I am ready for it.
While in the best possible worlds, I'd demo a bunch of skis and pick the
best one, I know myself well enough to know that I do best by just getting a
set of good skis that are 'good enough' and go out to the slopes, working
*** technique, and then do the demo route only after I get to a point
skill-wise where I can really appreciate the differences.