Alright, it's yet another 'help me choose gear' thread. Go ahead and leave if you're bored to death of these.
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Lovely! I'm a dual-cert instructor (CASI 1 and CSIA 1) looking to improve my skiing, hopefully to a CSIA 2/CSCF 1 and higher standard. I'm looking for one pair of skis/bindings that I can both manage now and that I can continue to learn on to the aforementioned skiing standards. Due to airline weight restrictions, I'm really limited to one pair of skis here and thanks to an arrangement through my employer I'm pretty much settled on Rossignol's 2012 skis/bindings unless I see a very, very good deal that will ship to Canada.
I ski and teach almost exclusively on well groomed, sometimes icy corduroy with a bit of slush in the spring but I'm looking for a ski that will also cope with New Zealand wind affected ice, bumps/chop and be somewhat competent in light powder. If I decide to move into park skiing then I'll look at a park/jib specific ski. I'm roughly 6' and 150 pounds or 65 kilos. I'm happy skiing any green/blue/mild black in anything but sheet ice conditions on rental skis but am less confident on real steeps, bumps and variable off-piste (Though am looking to improve in all of those areas) I've been taking skiing seriously for only about 2 seasons but have been snowboarding for 8 years so have a fair understanding of edging, gliding etc. Previous skis I've tried and liked were the rossi avenger 74 in 156 (A little skittish at speed) and 166 (Great fun for long carves) I'm currently looking at the experience 83 168cm and 88 162/170cm as candidates, I don't think I'll need anything wider but by the same token I'm a little reticent to go with a narrower-waisted ski as float in powder is something I'd like to keep available. I notice that some of these rossi skis are offered with an 'integrated' binding - any thoughts on this? Pros vs Cons? and any suggestions as to bindings in terms of reliable and with a reasonable degree of feel? I ski on a DIN around 5.5 so shouldn't need anything too extreme.
Any thoughts and opinions welcome, cheers!