I've been out of the skiing scene for awhile. The more I search for new skis, the more options I keep seeing (nice but confusing). I grew up skiing MN ice (Welch, Afton, Frontenac) now live in WI. Started skiing in '85 with 6th grade ski club and skied alot throughout high school. I was quite confident on midwest blacks and could easily handle blues. But my ability to get to the hill has declined since my college days. I bought a pair of Salomon X Scream 9's (193) in 2000 with the hopes of getting back into it. This was my first encounter with shaped skis.
The X Screams are alright, I believe they're 66 waist, but I'm thinking they're a tad on the long side. I've skied them a few times (6-7) and have found they really respond when I really get on them but they feel sketchy when I'm just putzing around. Too long ( I think ) for moguls, but I haven't really got confidence back since blowing a knee on some after hitting the Blue 100 outta the bota bag. Stupid things you do when you're young . I used to ski 195 straights so I thought I'd go shorter since parabolics were all the rage at the time, but I don't think I went short enough.
Anyways...I'm looking for one ski that can cover midwest bluff skiing as well as trips up to the UP trees (Porkies, Bohemia). I've got it narrowed down and I'm not looking for reviews of skis (THERE ARE PLENTY ON THIS EPIC SITE). But I would like a push in the right direction for length especially in the skis I have chosen. I'm 6'1" 240Lbs. Never skied real trees, but willing to try, will mostly be on groomers. Someday I'll be all growed up and have a quiver of skis.
Choices are between:
Atomic Blackeye Ti ( when did they drop the Arc from their name??)
Rossi Avenger 76 or 82 (probably Ti's for 76 CA for 82's)
I think the Cross and 20's are the narrowest of them but I don't know if that means they're too narrow for solid tree skiing? I won't be doing that alot, but I don't want to limit myself.
PS I currently still wear Salomon Equipe 92 rear entry boots, nice back in 1992, crap now ( I don't think they make RE boots anymore). I have ordered 2010 Lange Blaster Pro's. That could be part of the problem with controling the screams at slow speed??