So the military has kind of limited my skiing for the last 7 years or so, maybe 3 days of good skiing the entire time. Now I find myself in the Pacific Northwest, with a massive skiswap coming at the end of the month, and I'm desperately looking for some advice and guidance on purchasing some new/new to me gear.
I'm 6'3", 220, and when I last skiied I'd say I was a 5-6 skiier, comfortable with variable carves on all blues and some blacks. Enjoy playing in the powder and widely spaced trees, but tight turn radius bumps and woods starting to hit the uncomfortable level.
Also I was primarily a East Coast skiier, with the occasional trip to a big mountain, so I've never really skiied BIG POWDER on a regular basis.
I currently have a pair of '05 Tecnica Rival X7 boots with custom lining and footbeds (which are amazing and are one of the best fitting/comfortable boots I've ever worn.
So now to the question, what should I look for a the swap, for a year or two (or clearance) stuff that might get me back into the swing of things and really enjoy Northwest skiing.
Some random web searching led me to the Volkl Kendo 177s as something that if I had lots of money would be right in my playing field.
Unfortunately I'd love to keep skiis and bindings under the $400 level, if thats even a possibility.
Any information/help/pointers on skiswaping, would be greatly appreciated.
Ski Swap is the 29th.