I'm seeking advice on my next set of skis. Currently, I only have one pair of skis - K2 Apache Recons. In prior years, I was only able to ski about 5 days a year or so. Now, I'm retired, and so far I've skied about 35 days this season (2010-11). I plan to ski all winter long going forward, so it makes sense for me to have multiple sets of skis for different conditions. I only ski in Park City, UT.
Me: male, 5'11", ~170 lbs in my birthday suit. 54 years old. I'd consider myself almost advanced but definitely not expert - yet. I hope to get much better with lessons & practice.
I'm thinking of buying two or three sets of skis: one set for powder days (we've had a couple feet of Utah's Finest the past few days) and another set or two for the rest of the time. Does that make sense - or should I think about it differently?
I never ski out of bounds. I do not do the terrain park ever.
On powder days, I ski 75/25 on-piste/off piste. Sometimes I hit the moguls - the fresh powder slows me down enough so I can get down the hill.
On non-powder days, on hard packed & groomed snow, I am still probably 75/25 on-piste/off-piste. I avoid moguls, but would like at some point to be able to do a few runs/day; I know I need some private lessons, more practice, and conditioning.
My objective: by this time next year to be able to get down most anything in bounds on the mountain (The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort). I want to get better, so I also think I should buy gear that's ok for me now and would be suitable for me as I improve my technique & confidence.
Any thoughts would be appreciated - both on my view of the kinds of skis I should buy & any specific models.