First post/novel here. So after snowboarding for 8 years including hardboot snowboarding (picture hard carving), I'm sick of expending 2-3x the effort to do moguls that skiiers do. I'm going to make the jump.
That said, I'd rather spend more money now to avoid throwing away gear later. After about an hour trying on boots with my surefoot footbeds (yeah, even as a snowboarder I have those), I found a pair I think will work very very well for me.
So my stats:
I weigh about 175, 6' tall, 29 years old
I live in Colorado.
I can take unlimited lessons at keystone (which I will begin ASAP)
I'm willing to sacrafice some comfort and ease of learning to avoid wasting gear.
I want to learn to carve hard on skis - I see guys high up on edge and it looks pretty cool. I don't want to have to buy specific carving skis though.
I want to do trees and moguls with more agility than my board, but this might be a few seasons.
Almost all my snowboards are pretty stiff.
I don't do jumps, pipes, rails, ride backwards, do any of the "traditional" snowboarding kinda stuff (i.e - I'm polite)
I actually picked up a pair of 170 '11 kendos for 375 that came with a 25 dollar sports authority gift card. However, I still need to get bindings and get them mounted. So before I take steps that will make these skis unreturnable, I wanted to ask you guys what you think.
Everything I read about the kendos says they are better on groomers than powder, but that's fine...I can board on big powder days. I don't expect to do heavy off piste stuff for a few years either. So is this a good fit to get started?
Thanks in advance for the advice!