Not sure if there's a ski perfect for me, but I figured if there is, you guys would have some great recommendations.
About me: I'm 5'6" and about 140 lbs, but pretty muscular, and I'd say advanced/expert level. Been skiing for almost 30 years, and I would guess over that time have had a few hundred days on the slopes.
I basically ski everything, and all over the world. Specifically, I love going fast on groomers, I enjoy moguls and want to get a lot better, I love trees, and of course powder (admittedly I don't have too much experience in deep powder). I like jumping (though am a bit timid after tearing my ACL on a tiny jump a couple years ago) and have spent a little bit of time in the pipe, and enjoy that too (I'd try that more but have never used twin-tip skis).
I live in New York, and as such have to ski on the east coast pretty frequently. But to get to better stuff, I often fly out west (I've got friends with a house in Tahoe and have been to a bunch of places in Utah and Colorado), and occasionally will go to Europe or elsewhere in the world (going to Niseko next week, and was in Meribel a few years ago). If Niseko goes well, I could see myself doing one big trip like that every year or two. I don't get *too* many days on the slopes each year - my typical year might look something like:
Vermont - 6-8 days
Hunter Mountain in New York - 1 day
Tahoe - 4 days
elsewhere in the Rockies - 4 days
somewhere outside the U.S. - maybe 5 days every 1-2 years
My skis are just about done. They're 15 year-old K2s, which I'm happy with in east coast ice, but when flying somewhere I've rented for the past 5 or 6 years.
So my question is - what should I get? I'd basically be looking for twin-tips that are good both in powder and harder stuff, and can go fast.
I'm open to other suggestions, such as:
- don't buy skis, just rent, it costs $50 just to fly with the skis anyway
- get _____ but don't use them on the east coast unless you get lucky and there's actually snow (use the old K2s for Vermont/New York)