Hi all. Just found this forum yesterday as I was doing research online. Pretty impressed with all the good advice I see here so I'd like to get some help from the experts. I am 41 and getting back into skiing after a loooong hiatus. I think it might be 15 years since my last ski trip so the technology has completely changed and I am absolutely starting over when it comes to equipment.
Where in the world are you skiing?
I'm in Buffalo, NY. I have 2 youngsters and a wife that I want to introduce to the sport so we are going to spend the winter at the Buffalo Ski Club taking lessons, etc. We might take the occasional trip to Holiday Valley, Holimont or another local hill. I might end up out west this winter but will be a few years before the family is taking regular trips west.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
Who the hell knows anymore but when I quit I liked steep, trees, moguls and powder. Realistically in the near term I am looking at rebuilding my skills on groomed runs and work my way back to the steep stuff. If I leave the snow for any length of time I assume that something will have gone horribly wrong.
How advanced are you as a skier?
I was advanced when I quit, went anywhere on the mountain both out east and Alta, Jackson (ok maybe not ANYwhere at Jackson Hole ). At any rate I am confident that my skills will return but need a ski that will assist that process.
How many days a year do you ski?
Let's go with 10 -15
What's your height and weight?
I am obviously very confused by the ski options currently out there. My current thought is that I should get a 75-80 width carving ski that has some ability to ski more all-mountain if needed. Having last bought skis in the mid 90s (the years, not widths) anything wider than 80mm looks like a waterski to me. I am very excited to try the new tech but don't want to buy a wide ski just because.
Any help narrowing this down to a category (with maybe a few representative skis for reference) would be much appreciated! I have a local shop that was steering me to intermediate-advanced skis like rossi experience 78, atomic smoke ti 77, Volkl rtm 75. Also saw the 2012 K2 Rictor 80 and 2012 Rossi Avenger 76 discounted.
TIA, can't wait to get out there again!