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Old 11-05-2011, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, this is my first time here (and my first post). I am a new skier, I started last year and love it! So I purchased all the gear and now I'm hooked!! I basically spent last winter skiing on pist for the first half to work on my turns and carving and once I started to feel comfortable with that I moved off pist. I love skiing in powder now, I'm still learning but I am good enough that I can ski legitimately in anything on a ski hill. That being said I know I have tons to learn still (thinking of taking some lessons to be able to transition into an advanced skier). For now I'm just going out with my friends (who are way better than me) and this helps as they are very good at pushing my abilities. I am currently skiing with a pair of K2 Iron Maiden Revivals, they are 159 cm long. I think the all mountain ski is best for me (I love powder but as we all know having powder days on a ski hill is rare) especially since I'm still in University (I'm 24) so I can only go out on weekends. So I think the all mountain ski is my best bet.

I'm looking to upgrade my skis and I've had my eyes on the 2012 volkl mantras but the smallest size they offer is 170 cm. So do you guys think I'll be able to handle the increased length from my 159 cm skis? Again I am 5' 8", 160 lbs and 24. I stay in good physical shape, run daily and have pretty strong legs so I'm hoping this will help me cope with the increased difficulty in turning associated with longer skis. Another option I'm considering is the Salomon Twenty-Twelve Skis as they have good reviews as well and they are available in 163 cm.

I liked my K2's last year but near the end of the season I felt like they might be holding me back a bit in increasing my ability, they felt like a good beginner ski but I think I'd rather upgrade to a more advanced ski and work my ability towards that level.

Thanks for the insight!
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