My Skiing Background
I am new to the forum as well as to skiing :-) Well, I started to SKI in Michigan 3 years ago (with 27). The second year I went to Austria Lech Zuers, and then to Vail where I had a 2 day private lesson which helped me so much (should have done it earlier). I did shit in my pants after skiing only in Michigan and then going to Austria the next year - but I survived it somehow...
This year I am getting serious about skiing. No rental equipment anymore. So, I bought my "custom" ski boots and now I am ready to buy a good intermediate SKI. So, what I did: I started to demo skis. Try before you buy...
I describe myself as an beginner to intermediate skier, for sure not expert. Sking in Michigan all slopes, but in Austria only blues (no blacks) and in Vail blues very comfy and some blacks.
The way I like to Ski
I like to practice on my technique, especially the frontside carving. So, I am not really looking for an All-Mountain ski (as probably most people do nowadays), I rather look for the softer slalom ski, with snappy, quick turns, easy to initiate turns (can be all the way camber - does not need any fancy rocker). I am a slow skier with short turns and definitely not a fast skier - I like a lot of turns - I need to practice them.
6 feet - 180 lbs - 30 years old
SKIs I tried this year
I demoed 4 skis so far this season
- Nordica 80 Tempest - 170cm (hard to turn - probably too much waist)
- Rossignol Experience 83 - 168cm (worst ski of all and very boring ski - no quick turns possible for me)
- Nordica Fire Arrow 74 - 164cm (awesome ski)
- Volkl 75 IS - 173cm (a lot of trouble turning with that ski - probably too long for me)
I did hate all demos except the Nordica Fire Arrow 74. Is there any other SKI I should demo which would be similar to the Fire Arrow 74? The other ones were hard to turn for me and too long to my taste.
I think I do like super narrow skis (70 to 75 mm waist but probably due to my weight they need to be stiffer). However, I need a quick turning ski because I am just learning how to carve.
Any help or suggestions would be great.