So I've been browsing this forum quite a bit over the past few weeks, and have finally decided just to start a thread with my specific question. If it's been covered before (likely) please just point me in the right direction. I started skiing when I was 4 (err.. sliding precariously down a mountain) and took lessons every year until I was approx. 15. At that time I could handle blacks no problem. Then I did something which I am beginning to regret: I switched to snowboarding. Not that I don't love it.. but now that I live in Colorado I'm feeling like skiing would give me better/easier access to some BC terrain. I'm planning to demo a bunch of skis at the beginning of this season to see what I might like.. but I'm also keeping my eye on craigslist for good deals on skis & bindings. My very general question is: What should I try? Where to start? My intent with buying a ski setup is to access terrain that is less accessible with my board. ie. doing some hiking to get to the powder & trees. This has me leaning towards AT gear/fatter skis.. But I'm thinking that after taking a 14 year break.. I might have to start with something a little easier to maneuver.
I've talked to a few sales people at shops.. & their response is all over the place. Some are convinced that I'll have my ski legs back in no time.. & others think it'll take a full season. Has anybody out here had the experience of getting back on skis after a long time off? I have experience with x-country & skate skiing and am quite comfortable with those. Also, any info on sizing would be helpful. I'm 5'6" & 125 lbs. I was thinking of trying skis in the range of 160-165. I've found some deals on skis like the Volkl Kiku & Aura, Rossignol Voodoo SC80, K2 Phat luvs, lotta luvs, etc.