This is my first thread/post here although for a long time I have read and taken inspiration and advice from these forums.
Anyways, I'm looking to purchase another pair of skis; I finally ditched my old V-Explosiv's I inherited and I'm getting a little tired of using my race skis in powder etc.
I am 30 some odd years old, 6'3, and 210lbs. I have been skiing for 27 years and I am now a level 3 ski instructor. I was born in Ontario but most of my skiing is done west coast or down south. I get maybe 30 days on the snow a year and I'm shopping for some new skis now. I am an 'expert' level skier, per se; I've yet to encounter a mountain with runs I can't ski but I'm far from flawless. My style is aggressive and I prefer to make low and fast big carving turns. I also enjoy powder glades and powder steeps but not a fan of ice (who is? )
Past Skis Owned
Skis I've owned since 12 or so when I started to buy real skis:
Fischer World Cup 150 SL's
Volkl SL FIS stock
K2 Public Enemy (176 I think?)
Salomon X-Wing Lab 198
Inherited some old V-Explosivs from my Dad I think in the high 180 length
Fischer RC4 SL WC 165
Anyways I've always tried to have a set of skis I use for racing and a set for powder/mountain. I really liked the V-Explosiv and I heard the Mantra is a good choice as a modern successor, but I would like some input on alternatives as well.
I looked at the Mantra and the two lengths I liked were 177 and 184. Only thing is I am concerned about a 184 in glades/bumps and I'm not sure how much different a feel they have compared to the 177. I am trying to find a demo on the skis now.
Any advice and alternatives will be extremely appreciated!
Edited by iKabrex - 3/3/11 at 4:57am