This forum is informative and enjoyable to read so, thanks, and here goes....first post!
I have been researcing reviews and talking to ski shops regarding buying my first ever real set of carvers. (Expl.- I have not skied regularly for some years but plan to do more.)
I am 5' 6" and weigh approx 150lbs. Age 56. Reasonably fit and vigourous when skiing. Skiing level is advanced. Bindings set light and hardly ever release. Love to turn. No racing though. Also do lots of waterskiing on a high end edge to edge concave slalom ski.
Love to ski the whole mountain in all conditions except ice. Got new boots recently (Salomon Impact 880)
My instinct is to go for a slalom/carver/performance ski but the shop people are pushing me toward a soft flexing ski (typically an intermediate/advanced ski. I am resisting this advice because I have tried rentals and intermediate shaped skis and they feel vague and dont seem to be interested in holding any consistent line.
Way back when I always liked 190-200cm slalom style skis (eg Fischer RC4 Vacuum or Volkl Renn tiger)
I have had a few days on a OLD pair of Salomon Axendo 8 190cm. which are a very early carver/shaped ski. I can have quite a bit of fun on these - They certainly are easier to ski than old skinny skis but hopefully theres better options out there. Also I recently tried briefly a pair of Atomic GS Race skis not sure what length but approx 170 from memory - I liked those bacause they felt predictable and stable and went where I told them, although they felt a tiny bit "sticky" (might just have needed waxing?). These would likely have been 2004-2006 vintage.I had no problems initiating turns on these.
Snow here is quite variable. Usually hardpack, chopped up, spring powder, and sometimes very nice spring snow. Hardly ever deep powder. Two favourite runs are Big Mama and Bluff Face at porters ski area if anyone knows that place (closest to ChCh NZ)
Presently I am inclined to get something a few years old in good cond. eg 4 yrs old Volkl 5 star 168cm is on offer at a giveaway price. I am keen on these...
All comments gratefully taken on board - Cheers!