I'm looking for some new skis. Budget around $500 with bindings.
I currently am on Alpina (waxless back country metal edge) lite terrains - 102mm tip - 64mm waist - 87mm tail in a 165 with 3 pin bindings (no heal support) and Scarpa T4 (light tele) boots. I'm transitioning into more skinning and lift served downhill mostly at Mad River Glen. I'd like to keep my boots if possible. I like the idea of the Voile switchback binding (for no resistance skinning) and definitely want to ditch the pins which end up getting packed with snow by the time i get from the parking lot to the base area.
What I'd like is a ski that'll be a bit faster (which I think will come automatically with longer and fatter), handle crud and heavy wet snow better, still ski well on hard/ice surface and turn well. Really an all around ski. I'm a "strong" intermediate, no expert, skier.
I like the idea of some scales on the bottom as I will be teaching my (by next season) ~2.5 year old to ski and I think being able to maneuver around easily is important. I also do sometimes ski to the resort on the catamount trail, ski the long trail from ski hill to ski hill, etc.
I've been eyeing the Voile X2 binding (their heaviest duty binding , I guess) and Rossignol BC125 in a 175. My biggest issue with the fishscales is , if we have another season like this year with lots of MRG (moss rocks and grass) , the scales just DIG into anything that isn't snow, and cause some nice front flip action. On snow, I really don't notice the resistance THAT much.
Should I go for waxable base without scales, and if so what would be a good ski to look at, in the $200-$250 range I guess... or stick to this package?
If it matters I'm 6'1 maybe ~170 with pack and boots.
Sorry for the long story.