I'm new to Epic... just accidently found it while researching my options for new gear, and I'm looking for some help finding new skis.
I've skied for 40+ years and I would guess that I'm a level 7 skier at this point. I'm 52 years young, stand bare foot at 5'10", weighing in currently at 177lbs butt naked.
I've skied my old Olin and K2 skis for all these years. The latest pair of Olins that I just hung up for this past season were my 870s... anyone remember those (their about 68mm underfoot)? I guess I've grown tired of all the 25 year-olds and younger commenting on how cool all my "retro" gear is !! Actually it's been kind-of fun! (Boots? Would you believe I'm still skiing my Hansens ?.. Love them!)
I've never been on any of the new wider profile skis that are now the norm. I've also never skied anything less than 185s in length. I love to cruise at moderately high speed carving turns down steep faces and I also really enjoy just seeing how many precision turns I can make before the next headwall. I ski mainly at Purgatory (Durango Mountain Resort) when the groomers are soft with fresh snow. I also find myself wanting to ski the edges of these groomers in the fresh powder (which means at pretty fast clip to get any float at all out of my "retro" skis!)
I do understand that the lengths of skis has shorten due to width and stiffness, but I really would like to stick with some length......... 177s sound ok to you everybody?
I've been looking at Volkl AC50s, Blizzard 8.7...
Anyone have any advice they feel like sharing? Thanks!