I've been skiing since I was 7 (am 25 now), but have always used rental gear. After hitting the slopes about 7 weekends last year, finally decided it was worth investing in some good gear of my own. I'm looking to buy my first pair of skis (can only afford one ski quiver), and would love some advice on all-mountain skis that can handle on and off piste. I've found some great looking deals on powder7.com on last year's models or demo skis, and would like to take advantage of that while we're still in the preseason. I also just bought my first set of boots from the amazing guys at California Ski Company, and am really looking forward to hitting the mountain this year.
Some stats: I'm 5'9", 160lbs, and ski in the West (Tahoe mostly, planning a trip to Colorado as well this season)
On the 9-point scale, I'm about a 7. Very comfortable on groomed runs and can ski all blues, and some blacks. Love getting off-piste and skiing in powder. For reference, I'm comfortable skiing almost every run on the front and backside of Northstar. Iffy on blacks with big moguls, but would like to improve.
I've started doing some research, and have narrowed it down to a few models. I'd love some feedback on my choices, or suggestions for ones I haven't looked at. I'd also recommend suggestions for good-value bindings to go with any of these models.
- Fischer Watea 84 - 167cm length
- Dynastar Exclusive Legend Eden - 165cm length
- Dynastar Sultan 85 - 165cm length