Hello,I'm new to the forum here and I am looking to get some real great advice.
My back ground. I started skiing at the age of 10 and skied for 12 years taking lessons for 5 years every weekend at the local hill. Before I quit skiing I would consider my abilities of that of a strong intermediate. My skis at the time were Hagan Racing Classic GS 200cm cira 1985 and 190cm Dynamic VR 27 Equipe SL cira 1988. I loved both skis for differnt reasons, the Hagan's were fast and smooth, the Dynamic's were very snappy as long as I paid attention.
9 years ago I took up skiing again, but with limited funds I bought all my gear off ebay with out doing much research and relying on the description from the seller. I bought a pair of K2 Escape 3500 which were touted as an intermediate ski by the seller. I bought 174cm and they have an 18m turn radius.I never really liked the skis, and longed for something like VR27's but more forgiving.
This year I went to our local ski shop's annual summer warehouse sale. After doing a year's worth of reasearch I has settled on The Salamon Daytona 24, Rossignol 76 Avenger TI or the Head X Shape STX. One on line ski shop recommended the Elan Amphibio Waveflex 12's though after reading a review in Ski Canada and the price of $1200 I decided to pass on the Elan's. So I present my three choices of skis to the sales clerk at the ski shop and the first thing he asked me is do I ski with kids and I answed yes. He advised to stay away from the Rossi's and Salmon's but the Heads would be ok. He than recommended the Blizzard Magnum IQ 7.6 along with the Head's I was considering. Since I mostly ski icy terrain and the majority of my skiing is done at night I figured the 11m turning radius of the Heads would be better than Blizzards 14m turning radius so I bought the Heads. I was concerned because I droped to 163cm on the recommendation of the sales person. When I plug my height, weight,( 5'8" 235lbs) and ability into any ski calculator from any site I get a length of 170cm to 175cm. To make matters worse I have found nothing but glowing reviews for the Blizzard 7.6 IQ and only two review's of the Heads both from Europe, but both very positive.Both the Blizzards and the Heads were the same price $499.
So in your humble opinions, did I make a wrong decision? I really want to enjoy skiing more so than I have in the past 9 years. I'm looking for a snappy ski that can be skied at a relaxed pace if need be, that has great ice holding capabities.
What would you recommend, and should I sell my skis to get something different.
Edited by EasternCanadian - 9/1/12 at 8:40pm