Background: I own Salomon Lords in 177cm. I'm 6' 4", 185 lbs, athletic.
I'm looking to transition to the park for those days where there's not much powder or when I'm on the east coast. I've taken my Lords into the park to hit jumps, but I've been hesitant to hit rails or even boxes because I want to keep my Lords in good shape. I'm therefore looking to get a park only ski that I won't be afraid to make mistakes on. I'm thinking about a symmetric twin tip, center mounted, and also one where I can more easily do presses and butters. (I find it damn near impossible to do these on my Lords.)
Since I'm a beginner, I think it's reasonable to not spend too much. That said, if a particular ski is going to allow me to progress faster and further, then I'm willing to pay a bit more.
To reiterate, I'm really looking for something park specific. I don't care at all if I can take it elsewhere. One option I was considering were Line Afterbangs. (The price, butter zones and tough construction caught my eye.) I'd be curious to hear people's opinions of these. (I've been scouring online articles, but few articles approach it from my perspective.) (Aside: I'm also not sure what the ideal length ski is for beginning in the park. I'm not going to be hitting 70ft spans anytime soon, but I also don't want to be too limited.) My Lords are 177 and that's the largest length that the Afterbangs come in so I was thinking about that length.
I'm also very interested in opinions on bindings. Again price is an issue. As I said, I own Z10's, so I basically don't have much expertise in this department.
Edited by roydanroy - 2/21/11 at 4:00pm