60% Groomed, 20% Ungroomed runs (not backcountry), 20% Park Like/ right off the groomed runs...
Can someone please help me evaluate these skis - or suggest something you think is better? I have read so much and do not have the opportunity to demo - I am seriously lost. I wanted to pick something up on the off-season to save a buck or two. I have been skiing on rentals all year in Tahoe. This is my second year skiing. I'm 6 2 200lbs. I am on the blues and having a great time, but when I get bored I find myself looking for things to jump off, bank off, catch a little air in the small park, going off the groomed runs where others have made paths through the trees, up and down the snow banks, etc. I want to continue to develop my carving, but want to do some small park-ish stuff as well. I also enjoy learning to spin and trying to ride switch.
I am riding 174 cheapy rentals, like the light weight and easy turnability of the skis, I fell like I am in total control of them. Control is more important than speed to me (for now anyway) If I could get them just a bid wider, maybe a little stiffer, and a dual tip (directional is fine) I would probably be happy, but I want to develop both my carving and small park like skills at the same time, is that even possible? They have to perform well on the ice for those spring morning conditions too. Any help would be appreciated, seems like when I go to the ski shops they just try to sell me something that they have, and what they have left is limited.
Seems perfect on paper but they say they are for young skiers (I'm late 30s), good price, not sure if they would help develop front side skills:
Volkl Alley 178
111-81-104 21.8 @ 178
These get great reviews on K2s site, on ice, moguls, parks, front side, but guy at ski shop said they would be no good on ice or for carving - very conflicting from the reviews:
K2 Silencer 179
118-85-109 20 @ 179
Dynastar 6th Sense Disorter 179
119-87-109 24 @ 179
These were recommended by the ski rental shop guy:
Rossignol S86 Freeride 178
130-86-116 15.9 @ 178
Everyone loves these but wonder why they are not rated for park? Not sure they would handle small air:
Line Prophet Flite
125-90-113 17.7 @ 179