First post here from a new member. I get to ski 2-3 weeks per year in the Alps and on a couple of small "hill" resorts near to where I live (Moscow, Russia).
I'm happy with my boots but up to now I've been either renting skis or borrowing a friend's Elan Waveflex 8.
I'm looking to buy a pair of skis of my own but as no one here has facilities to demo skis I'm relying a lot on reviews and advice. Appreciate the great info on this site and hoped to get some advice too...
I'm 6ft, 180lb and have been skiing groomers only - fairly athletic but I usually pull back on the speed (partly because I feel the skis are getting more nervous than I am!). I'm looking for a ski that I can keep for quite a few years - to continue to use to raise my game on groomers but also to venture out on crud / bumps / off-piste etc and learn more of the sport.
From all the reviews I've read, I'm looking at the Kastle LX 82. I'd have to pick them up when next in Europe though (and hopefully demo at a resort there) as their availability is very limited in Russia.
So I'm wondering...
- how suitable folks think they'd be as choice and
- what other skis may be comparable to them if I can't get hold of a pair.
I like what I've read about Salomon XT800 and Volkl RTM 80 (or even Stockli Stormrider 78?) so I'm considering those as options but have no idea how they compare.
Any advice greatly appreciated!