ski in VT 95% of the time unfortunately, (at least its better than PA)
Spend 90% of the time split betweenthe bumps or the woods (when snow allows)
If snow doesn't allow, I'm going very fast down groomers without making many turns... just having fun.
I love skiing bumps aggressively, usually pick one line and fly right down... due to height and weight i have been brutal on skiis. I find I have a tip crossing problem in the bumps sometimes.
A friend of mine is an Armada rep, so I have been on a variety of Armadas over the last few years, which is really funny because I NEVER go in the park.
I have '08 Armada AR6 and '07 Armada ARV that I have used as my powder ski.
Basically, I hate the AR6, its no fun for how I ski.
So, i'm letting go of the desire for a deal, and I am looking for the perfect east coast ski.
I demoed Volkl Kendos last season, and I had so much fun I got my heart set on buying them, but now that I'm reading things online, I'm wondering if it is too stiff of a ski for me based on my terrain choice, or if I might enjoy rocker technology. But I'm a big dude, and relative to the AR6, I had no problem with Kendos in the bumps. And their stability at speed was a wet dream.
So, I think anything would have seemed great compared to what i'm used to.
Oh yeah, and due to past experience of exploding bindings, I have always opted for heavier bindings and have used look pivots and rossi fks exclusively. I know they are heavy, but I have never had any problems... which I like.
I'm going to try and demo a couple of things before buying... but price doesn't matter. I want something that is going to be fun in the bumps, woods, and stable at speed.
The guys at ski shops keep telling me to buy things like the bliz bonafide and k2 aftershock and the Mantra... but I'm having a hard time imagining something so wide being my daily east coast ski.
Any advice from the experts would be appreciated...