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      01-19-2015 05:28 PM #1
      As my son has recently developed a serious interest in snowboarding, I've decided it's time for me to get back into skiing in a big way. I've gone a few times here and there - my last big trip was out to Copper Mountain in Colorado a few years ago, and this year I've been to some of the local PA hills a few times already. Getting tired of renting the built for newbs skis, so just ordered this package: http://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packag...1737/clone.jpg. Reviews seem very good and I couldn't beat the price.




      I'm a pretty aggressive adv/intermediate, and the last pair of skis I owned (K2 5500, 190cm) were great at the time. With the new tech and sizing guidelines, I went with 171cm. Now I just have to wait for them, go to the local shop for new boots and to get the bindings mounted. Can't wait to pass by the rental counter next time I head to the mountain!

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      01-24-2015 08:19 PM #2
      K2 5500. A blast from the past. I bought a few pairs those on closeout in 207 length for $100/pair and use them as powder skis. That must have been 20 years ago before shaped skis or wide powder boards.

      A 77mm waist Volkl will be fine in MASH (mid-atlantic ski hell) where you get a lot of groomed refrozen crunch. By today's standards, it's pretty narrow for a soft surface. I'm skiing an 88mm waist Salomon as my everyday ski and that's now considered a "front side" ski more appropriate for groomers and man made surface. People are now on gear so wide they barely leave tracks on powder days.

    4. 01-25-2015 02:56 PM #3
      My everyday ski is 114 in the waist! they are surprisingly solid on groomers.

      To be honest a pair like BrianC bought woud be fun on groomers.

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      01-28-2015 11:39 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post
      K2 5500. A blast from the past. I bought a few pairs those on closeout in 207 length for $100/pair and use them as powder skis. That must have been 20 years ago before shaped skis or wide powder boards.
      Yep- I bought mine in 1984 I believe...here they are in all their red/white and blue glory! In fact I still clearly remember this ad in the ski mags, and we had this in a full sized poster when I worked in a ski shop in the mid 80's. I kind of wish I still had them - I'm sure I'd get all sorts of funny looks on the lift lines!

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      01-29-2015 08:02 PM #5
      ^^No helmets, death is imminent.

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      02-08-2015 11:35 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by BrianC View Post
      ... the last pair of skis I owned (K2 5500, 190cm) were great at the time ...
      Nice! I was just looking at the ski bag in the corner of the garage all covered in garage dust.

      K2 Axis X skis in there which were bought to replace the Olin 931 skis I bought in 1986 when I started in industry and had some cash finally.
      Last edited by Cooper; 02-08-2015 at 11:39 AM.

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      02-09-2015 05:50 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
      Nice! I was just looking at the ski bag in the corner of the garage all covered in garage dust.

      K2 Axis X skis in there which were bought to replace the Olin 931 skis I bought in 1986 when I started in industry and had some cash finally.
      Heh...I was a broke college student when I bought my K2s, but was working in a ski shop at the time, so I was able to take advantage of what was known as the 'pro-shop discount' on skis, bindings, and boots. IIRC this was something like 40% UNDER store cost. It was ridiculously cheap, but a great way for the gear manufacturer's to encourage the ski shop staff to use (and talk up) their gear.

      Here's a vid from my first day on the new Volkls. Took a few runs to adjust to them, but by the end of the day, I was loving them! Great ski for the packed powder groomers of the MA.

      That's my 13 y/o son in front of me the whole way down...not bad for just his third time ever on skis!


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      03-17-2015 07:54 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by BrianC View Post
      Yep- I bought mine in 1984 I believe...here they are in all their red/white and blue glory! In fact I still clearly remember this ad in the ski mags, and we had this in a full sized poster when I worked in a ski shop in the mid 80's. I kind of wish I still had them - I'm sure I'd get all sorts of funny looks on the lift lines!

      I forgot about that ad, Chris Ryman is now a very good friend of mine!
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