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Snowboarder Looking for Some Twin Tip Skis

Question:

I am looking to find some information on twin-tip skis. I am an advanced snowboarder who is looking to get a ski for park riding. My goal in getting them is to learn aerials and work in the pipe. The biggest concern that I have is length. I am 5'10" and weigh 150 lbs. Looking at skis, I would like to get something between 150-160 cm to ease the transition. I ride a 154(8) cm depending on my mood. The plan is to center the bindings for quick spins, but is that going to effect riding in the powder under the spruce trees? Cheers!

Answer:

Hey, thanks for checking out the site.  Welcome to skiing, you're gonna love it.  Lets start with sizes before we do anything else.  If you're going to do aerials (like olympic aerials) than stick to a short ski.  But if you mean aerials like terrain park aerials, than you can go a bit bigger than a 160cm.  That's all up to you and what you plan on doing with the ski.  For your weight you could go all the way up to a 175cm if you wanted, but I don't blame you for wanting to start short to make the transition easy.

Mounting the bindings more centered will help with spinning, but it will also effect how the ski performs on the rest of the mountain.  You have to adjust your center of gravity when skiing a ski with a more centered mounting point.  It sometimes makes it so you can't lean as far forward resulting in a more up-right ski stance.  If you're just getting into it I'd recommend mounting your skis a couple of centimeters back from center.  You'll still get a lot of the benefits that come along with mounting them forward, but they'll ski the rest of the mountain real nice.

Lets stop there for now.  Hook me up with a bit more info and we'll talk about specific skis that would be good for you.  (here's some info that would be handy for me so I can help a bit more:  Time you plan on spending in the park vs. the rest of the mountain, where you ski (east coast or west coast), about how many days a year you ski, how much you want to spend, do you want to ski switch (backwards), and anything else that you think I should know.

Thanks for checking out the site and we'll chat more soon.  Pray for snow.

-tim


Follow Up Question:

Wow that is helpful.  I figured a couple of lines and done but you guys are great!

I am looking to be in the park 85% of the time.  The location is in northwest Indiana (yeah, I'm surprised too) that is a single life blue, green, black turned park. Rails, kickers, boxes, 6' half pipe.  I also go a couple times a year out west and up to th UP of Michigan.  With the local joint, my goal is twice a week and I am one to exceed my goals.  Switch is a huge deal to me.  I want to be able to develop my off side spins for snowboarding, which I think switch skiing will help.  Price is of concern because I need the whole 3-piece suit and I am not trying to go for broke.

Overall I want a setup that when I get to the hill, I can flip a coin and say "Yep, its a ski day" without hesitation.  On that note, I guess telling you a bit about my other white habit could help.

I like to ride all terrain on my snowboard, the deep white stuff where you need a beacon, the moguls under the north face lift, the park on the side of the hotel that's not supposed to be there, even off roof tops when its fresh enough.  My board has to have flex because I love to dance around end to end, side to side.  I also have to be wide enough to ride deep, thick days up in Michigan off the lake.

Hope this give you a bit of a sense for my ride habits and what I am looking for.

Follow Up Answer:

That is exactly what I was looking for.  This is what I suggest:

Lets start with skiing switch-
There's a bunch of ski out there right now that would be great for this.  Going with a symmetrical twin tip would make skiing switch much easier.  A symmetrical ski performs much like a twin snowboard would.  They have the same width tip and tail, you mount them dead center, they spin easy, and ride switch easy.  They don't ride in pow and on groomers quite as well due to the centered stance, but they also don't suck on groomers and pow, they're just ok.  Here's a couple that I would recommend that won't break the bank.  

'08 Line Invader on sale at evogear.com - $199!!!!

They're a symmetrical twin, a bit narrower, but that would help in the pipe and park.  Another option would be the Line Anthem.  It's the Invader, just a bit wider which would make them better in softer snow conditions (pow).  They both have the carbon ollie band which gives them plenty of pop and butter zones which makes buttering a breeze.  

'08 Line Anthem on sale at evogear.com - $299!!!

There's also a limited edition version of the Anthem out this season, they look super rad, but they don't have the carbon ollie bands, that's the only difference.

If you decide you want to venture out of the park a bit you could go with a more directional twin tip and mount them closer to center.  They won't ski switch as well, but they will ski the rest of the mountain a bit better.  I'd suggest the Line Chronic. They're a bit stiffer than the Anthem and Invader, being made with more of a super park in mind, park skiing, just everything bigger.  They'll also do awesome in pipe since they're a bit stiffer.

'08 Line Chronic on sale at evogear.com - $239-259!!!!

You might be asking, why all the Line suggestions?  No we're not paid by them or anything, I just really like they're stuff.  They make great park and twin tip skis, they really know what's going on in the industry and their skis are affordable.  I just kind of stumbled upon the last years models from evogear and they happened to have everything we were talking about so I thought I'd give you a heads up.

Bindings-
They all work pretty dang good.  I like a lighter binding and one that has some elastic travel.  The new Marker Jester and Griffon are rad and the Axial2 from Rossignol are also super cool. 

Make sure you pay attention to brake widths and get some that will fit the waist width of your skis.

Ok, that's a lot of info for now.  Digest this and let me know if you have any other questions.  If you want some help with boots, let me know, hook me up with some info on your feet (are they wide, high arch, low arch, narrow heel, all that good stuff).  Thanks for trusting the site and make sure you tell your friends.  Just out of curiosity, how did you come across our site?  

Pray for snow

-tim

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