I am just deciding what ski to buy, please help!
I am 33, 183cm (6' I think it is) long and weight 87kg (I think around 190lbs). I consider myself an aggresive skier, like medium to long turns, mostly on grommed, but like to ski in all conditions.
This year is my first year of skiing after 18(!) years I have only snowboarded. I have tried skiing again at the beginning of the season and cannot explain how I loved it. Anyway, back in the days, I used to be a good skier, did some competitions as well, but all that is obviously gone. Today, everything seems different, both the gear and the style of skiing, but I am prepared to invest both my time and money to improve as much as I can. I know I need a lot of training and improvement.
For a start, I cheaply purchased a pair of 2010 Rossignol Mutix skis, simply cuz my colleague was selling them. Very soon, I have realized that this was not the ski for me and that I needed something much stifter that will hold in high (or at least higher) speeds. I started looking for a new ski.
I have tested the Atomics D2 Race GS in 174cm (too stiff on the first day, the second day I loved it), TI PB Gs 174 cm (not ideal conditions on that day, but the ski did not impress me in any way), Blizz R Power 181 cm (bad conditions for this ski on that day, so could not really tell), G Power 174 cm I think (great ski in all conditions) and the Magnum 8.1 174 cm (LOVED this ski in all conditions - morning partly icy and grommed, afternoon with heavy snow). I also tried the Head Supershape Speed, which I liked very much on groomed. Overall, the winner was Blizz Magnum 8.1., which I though would be an ideal universal ski.
This weekend, I have tried the 2012 Stocklis Laser SX in 170cm. In the morning, the conditions were ideal for this ski I think (hard snow, partly icy). This ski holded, was fun, could do short turns, medium turns, long turns, no issues. Later on that day, as the temprerature raised,the conditions changed a lot, but the ski was still perfect, very comfortable. From my point of view, a similar experience as the Blizz 8.1 Magnum, but a better carver.
After reading the blogs here about both these skis and the right bindings, I have decided to purchase a pair of these Stocklis, probably with Speedlock Pro (or Race) and 614Race bindings (my boots are Salomon Impact 120CS, if it matters). I could probably get them rather cheaply.
I have just realized that I could purchase the same Laser SX ski for 2013. The ski is the same, except it has R17, instead of cca 15.6 (the 2012 model).
Could you please let me know you ideas and opinions on:
1. the likely differences between the 2013 ski and the 2012? In particular, do you think that the overall feel will be substantially different (the Blizz was more than R18 I think and I liked very much)? It appears to me that this should not make a huge difference, expcept for that the ski will not be so happy to do shorter turns, but am not sure.
2. whether either of these skis in 170cm is OK for me? When I tried the 2012 model, it felt just perfect, I realize that some of you here prefer longer lenghts, but I definitely want to avoid having a ski that is too much of a ski for me (plus note I have not skied for 18 years).
Any comments are greatly appreciated! I should add that I am no longer looking for a universal ski, but for a ski for groomed and carving.