I am looking at getting back into skiing after many years away. Briefly, I am in my late 30s. I grew up skiing from age 4 until age 16. I actually used to ski race and also do amateur mogul competitions as a teenager.
At 16 I began snowboarding...before they were allowed at ski resorts. I snowboarded from that time...1988 up until this past year. Most of my years were spent in the Pacific NW of the USA and in southern BC.
My last pair of sticks were the bright yellow Atomic GS racing skis (203 cm)..maybe you remember? I think I had the Tyrolia 747 bindings and possibly the old Lange "Pink Panther" boots. These things were often accompanied by some choice of neon clothing. Real gross...I know.
Anyhow...at the urging of my family, I am going to make the change back to the skis.
Since 1988, the evolution of ski equipment has been staggering. Obviously, the fat powder ski took a cue from the snowboard which was a revolution in itself.
So...I need to buy a pair of skis this year. But I feel like I am stepping out of a time capsule and I have no clue what to get or even worse...I have zero clue as to what the sales guy is talking about.
I enjoy skiing (or when I did) all areas of the mountain...heck..what I used to simply refer to as "backcountry" is now "freeskiing"...is this correct (dumb term...but anyhow)? I like powder, moguls, black diamonds..green circles and pink polka dots...seriously though...I wish to have a ski that I can use with my kids on the bunny hill, but still sneak away and hit the steep and deep with a few bumps thrown into the mix.
I am 6 ft and appx. 185 pounds...on a good day.
What length of ski should I get. What type? Any and all info would be highly appreciated!!