My first post...how cute.
25, 150lbs, 5'7", advanced-expert. CSIA Level 3 certified instructor, Ex-high school racer...never really had the funding for great gear...at all.
I like to carve, ski at a modest speed, and stick almost entirely to groomers. I want a ski that won't kill me on bumps -- I will never venture onto them unless it's the only route down. I also tend to stay out of the trees since in Southern Ontario, the term "Glades" at the local hills is a mockery of the beauty skiing through trees can be. *sigh* I miss you, Mad River Glen, VT.
My current set up is the 2002 Solomon Crossmax 7X Pilot...I think the dimensions are a measly 109-68-98...something awful like that. Suffice it to say, now almost a decade later, I have $700ish to spare on a pair of skis. Thanks to my career, I can get out a weekend or two a year, but I figure it's time to upgrade my equipment so I can at least enjoy those few cherished days I get out on the slopes. No doubt whatever skis I buy will last me another decade at least.
I've done a ton of research (thank you so much to epicski and all you wonderful members with your amazing posts) and have concluded that the 2010-11 Blizzard G-Force Supersonic IQ are likely my best bet. ANYONE HERE FEEL FREE TO REFUTE THAT IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE. I know they MSRP'd at $1200, I can get them in my price range at a local shop brand new (never used) with the IQ-TP 14 bindings.
Being a lightweight shorty, would 160cm be sufficient, or should I really be going for the 167s? I've never been on anything longer than 160s. Yes, I understand the longer length would give me better edge hold and more stability at speeds, but I'm not sure if I'd actually notice the difference based on the skiing I like to do.
Looking forward to all your wisdom,