I started skiing this year and have really become addicted. Right now Im using some 168cm K2 Freedoms from the 2001-2003 range, so at least they are carving skis, but Ive learned carving now and want to move to something a little more modern,versatile and easier to use. I need some suggestions on specific skis and lengths, Im not sure what length to get with the newer styles. Im looking for something in the budget range (150-250), probably a 2011-2012 model that I can get closeout over the summer.
I am: 6' and about 200lbs, I still ski somewhat slow and carefully but Im hoping to get some skis that will get me going faster, I can parallel carve fine, but am not comfortable on steeps. I ski on Mt Hood,mostly at ski bowl/timberline.
I need: something good on groomed trails, something steady so I can start going faster and something that hold a carve good. I want something that will hold on to ice reliably too.
I want: something that will let me get started with powder, and I would like a twin tip if possible , but not if it greatly compromises the needs above.I dont plan on going to the park yet, but Id like to be able to play on the little jumps a bit and learn to ski switch.