This is a great forum; I've been having a lot of fun checking everything out.
I hoping to get some advice and/or recommendations on new skis. Here's my deal:
I'm 43 years old, 6'1" and about 200 pounds. I've been skiing for the past 25 years or so, but not much in the past seven or eight years. Young children and a bad, bad wipeout at Jackson Hole has kept me away, but I'm ready to get back. In fact, I'm taking the family to Stowe for a week in February. (I can't wait!)
On the 1 to 9 scale, I would safely say I'm a 6, and maybe even a 7, but let's say I'm more of a 6. I like to go fast when the conditions are right, and I don't mind moguls but I never go out of my way to find them. I almost never ski through the trees. I do plan on heading out west from time to time, but the majority of my skiing will be on the east coast.
I have only limited experience with shaped skis, but I've been reading a lot and I know it's time to retire the old Salomon Prolinks.
Ski length? From what I understand, shaped skis mean shorter skis. So while my old skis are approaching 200 cm, am I better off, at 6 foot 1 and 200 lbs, at about 175cm...or more?
Ski width? From what I've read, this depends on the conditions. I'll mainly be on groomed trails, but I would like to have a ski that can also handle powder conditions fairly well. (I know this gets tricky.) So would I be ok with something that is 75mm underfoot, or something a little wider...82 cm?
Integrated bindings? I've heard that this is the way to go, but in all honesty I'm not sure. I see some that are sold as a system, but other skis that are sold with bindings but that are put on by the ski shop. This doesn't make an "integrated binding," right? Does it matter much for me?
Cost? Well, I'd like to say that money is no object, but it certainly is. I'm looking to spend about $300-$500, but being the compulsive guy that I am, I would spend a bit more if the right product promises to give me years of pleasure. Maybe even a lot more (not getting crazy) if I can be convinced I would live happily ever after on the slopes.
Thanks so much....any general and/or specific product advice would be greatly appreciated!