Here are my specs:
6'0", 180 M
lower intermediate skier hoping to advance
Exclusively East Coast (Poconos and Vermont)
Currently, stick to groomers...would love to move on to a little off-piste after I am good enough. I have no idea what the different skill levels mean when people say they are a "level 6" or a "level 7-8". With respect to me, greens are easy, I can ski all blues and they are very fun and am just starting to ski blacks..no moguls or off piste. What level is that?
Last season I was on some seasonal rentals from local ski shop...I think they are 10 year old Elans with a 62mm waiste at 168 (couldnt find the exact model online anywhere due to their age).
I am fairly athletic, just not a very good skier although I find skiing a blast and thus hope to get better.
Here are the skis that I have identified:
1. 2011 Blizzard Magnums - Either 7.6 or 8.1 in 170 or 172
2. 2011 Atomic Blackeye TI - 174 (82mm waist)
3. 2010 Atomic Blackeye TI - 171 (79 mm waist)
4. 2011 K2 Rictors - 167 or 174 (80 mm)
5. 2011 Atomic Smoke TI - 171 (77mm)
First question...are these skis too wide for me (too much of a jump from 62 to around 80)? Everything I read indicates that wide skis today carve very well on the groomers but also provide better skiing in crud, powder and, if I get adventureous, a little off-piste.
Next question, which of these skis do you recommend? I wont have a chance to demo before the season as I plan on buying while the deals are still good. I am unsure regarding length for the Rictors and the Mag 8.1 (174 and 172)...wondering if I should drop down a length on those too 167/165 (is it ok to step up in ski level, length and width all at the same time)?
Also, I got fitted for and purchased boots last year (100 Flex Atomic Hawx) after following the advice in this forum to buy boots first.
Thanks for the assistance in advance!