I ski on a tight budget. I always buy used or closeout skis. I've been pretty lucky with what I've found, but
I am a 50 y/o 5'10" 210# very aggressive (for an old guy) expert skier, mostly skiing bumps with some woods and park (big jumps - no rails) thrown in. I ski the groomers only when there is nothing else, but get bored quickly with that, and usually end up doing something stupid and wrecking myself. I am hard on equipment - I've been breaking a ski or two almost every season, and ski companies don't stand behind their equipment like in the old days (infected by the snowboard industry, IMHO) so I'm loath to dish out new-ski money. I figure that I'd beat a $1200 pair of skis to death just as fast as a $100 pair anyway, so might as well save the dough.
My last season's pair were '02-03 Crossmax 10s (180s) that I got on ebay for $65. I loved them - I found them just almost perfect for what I normally do, but were a bit lacking given the conditions we had this past season - not the greatest groomer ski. They were a great bump ski though, although I would've liked something a little higher-energy/response - stiffer, especially in the tail, maybe a little narrower underfoot and maybe a hair longer. Unfortunately, I didn't get a whole lot of bumps in this year (what with the no-snow thing). As it was, they almost lasted the whole 23 ski-day season, but one blew apart on day 22, so I'm back in the market.
Anyway, I'm wondering if there is any utility to digging-deep and looking at newer skis - have there been any earth-shattering improvements over the last 10 years? I don't want the trendy fat skis, and I think the whole rocker thing is stupid, at least for here in the northeast. So, for your basic 65-70mm underfoot expert all-mountain ski, is 10-year old tech still current? Will I gain anything looking at the new stuff, or just throwing money away for trendy graphics?
In any case - any suggestions on an ultra-responsive high-energy light slalom ski with a forgiving shovel made in the past 10 years?
Thanks - JayC