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Snowboard convert looking for an all-mountain freestyle ski
LOCATION - Colorado
HEIGHT/AGE/WEIGHT - 5'9"/28/160lbs
ABILITY LEVEL - Beginner on skis but an expert level snowboarder
BUDGET - Up to ~$800 for skis, but I could push that if I need to.
WHAT KIND OF SKI DO YOU WANT - All mountain freestyle
I'm an expert level snowboarder based in CO and I'm looking to pick up skiing this season. I'd like to find a playful all-mountain freestyle type ski. A ski I can take in the park on jumps, hit the bumps/trees, have fun on side hits, but not so noodly that it can't stand up to hardpack groomers or chunky snow at the end of the day. I'm not concerned about powder performance right now.
My snowboard style is very playful and I don't think that will change on skis. I typically ride all mountain freestyle snowboards (true twins for those that are familiar) and I hop between regular and switch constantly. I like the park, jumps more than rails, but most of my time is exploring the mountain, buttering around, and jumping off natural features. Definitely not someone that just likes to carve, nor someone that just likes to go fast. I primarily ride in-bounds, but do plenty of trees and bumps on my board. As soon as the skiing skill gets to that point, I'll do the same on my skis.
At the moment I'm looking at the Atomic Bent Chetler 100, Faction Candide 2.0, Armada ARV 96/106, and *maybe* the Icelantic Nomad 105, but I'm not sure that one is the right fit. I don't really want to buy a bunch of beginner level gear, because I think my snowboard and general snow abilities will translate to at least an intermediate skier way too quickly to justify such purchases.
Right now, the frontrunner is the Bent Chetler, but I think I might be in between sizes. I'm 5'9" (~176cm) and 160 lbs (~72kg). It seems like the 172 is probably a great size for me as a beginner, but potentially too short once I get better? But the 180 is literally taller than I am, and that seems like a stretch for someone that is a total beginner skier.
Any sizing thoughts? Any thoughts on the skis I listed? Any other ski suggestions?
**This thread was edited on Feb 6th 2021 at 11:58:05pm
Personally I would suggest the Line Chronics. They have that playful feel you would find on snowboards with short turning radius, soft tips/tails and stiff underfoot. The K2 Reckoner 102 are a crowd favorite this year for playful park skis that can handle the rest of the mountain well. Otherwise Bent chetler would also be a safe bet, they handle powder better but they don't have that "snowboarding" feel you would find on the Chronics.
Awesome. I'll take a look at the Chronics. Thanks!
ON3P if you have got that much money to spend
Also converted to skiing after 10+ years of snowboarding on the West Coast/PNW.
First skis were a pair of Black Crows Atris. I'm 5'11" 185 lbs. Some might say they were too long and wide for my first pair of skis, but I did do a whole season first on a pair of rentals to get the basics down and had no issues getting on the Atris from day 1. Not stupid stiff, enough rocker and sidecut to make turning/pivoting easy, somewhat light for its size, etc... I imagine someone such as yourself who's already familiar with snow won't have issues either.
Looking back though, I wonder if maybe I should've gone narrower and shorter so I could continue to improve my technique, but I was pretty eager to start skiing off piste anyway so I don't really regret my choice either haha.
I would def say get the 180, if your an expert like you say you are then you'll pick up skiing super quick, even if you feel a little wonky at first. If anything a longer ski will help you because you'll gain more confidence from them as your already custom to going fast id assume
I would highly recommend some ON3Ps. They are great all mountain freestyle skis. I have a pair of Jeffrey 116s in 186 that are super playful, forgiving, easy in the air, and charging. They have been beat to shit and still ski great which is something a Line or a K2 will not do from my shared experience. Check out their lineup and see what sounds good.
Awesome. This is great stuff. I'll definitely check out some ON3Ps. Thanks all!
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