I recently got back into skiing after a 9 year break from when I did it as a kid. I used to go 5-6 times a year from about age 5 - 13 and then stopped. I started again last year and I still got it and its still just as fun! Now I'm working and I have money, so I'm looking for a one ski quiver. HOWEVER, I tried researching and the variety of ski's available is overwhelming. Hopefully this thread will help me narrow down the search.
23 yrs old, 5'11.5", 160lbs
According to this, http://www.aspensnowmass.com/schools/yourlevel/default.cfm, I'd guess I'm a level 6.5 - 7 skiier.
Price for ski: Around 700 or less
Anyways, after getting custom fit boots, Claude from skinet sports recommended that I try the Volkl Mantra skis (it was his favorite). I did some research and it looked like I might be a little too light for it (not too sure)? I'm interested in the 170cm because I typically enjoy skiing short, however I feel like the 177 is the better choice for me to grow into it.
Everything below here is about my skiing preferences, if you don't want to get bored, skip it :).
I enjoy going really fast and carving but never had time to get better at blacks because my parents think its too dangerous when I was a kid. I only started blacks last year and it wasn't too bad (depends on how the snow is), but I am pretty confident I can get comfortable at it by the end of this year. If the snow is packed powder or somewhat icy, I have no problem zooming down at a good and fast pace. I try the park when I get bored and enjoy getting some air off man-made and natural stuff, this is maybe 10% of my day.
Future Goals: GO REALLY FAST, get somewhat good at jumps (i.e. just get massive air, everything else is probably too scary and demands a different ski)
Locations: I live in San Diego now, so mostly Big Bear / Snow Summit. My family is from the Bay Area so I still go to Tahoe once or twice a year. And last but not least, Mammoth if I am not too lazy to drive 6-7 hours. Possible 1 snow trip to Park City every year or 2. Estimate of trips to snow: 4-6 a season
Boots: I stopped by http://skinetsports.com/ to get custom fit boots earlier this year and it was a good experience. Got a pair of Salomon x3 and custom orthotics. Works really well and I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
1. I suck at skiing in crud, never experienced it until I went to big bear on the day after it snowed and wasn't fully groomed. I tell myself its probably the ski but not too sure...
2. I always tended to ski a shorter ski (5-10 cm shorter). I did so as a kid and even now when I restarted again. It just felt a lot more natural for me. My reasoning for this was that I was a skinny asian boy. For some insight, when I first reached my height, I was only 120lbs.
I HOPE that wasn't too long >.<... Thanks for your time and I really appreciate it. Sorry for the essay.....