I have enjoyed finding this site and love the interaction and dialogue relating to skiing and everything else. I have skied for the better part of 40 plus years. I have a desire to improve my skill set skiing back/side country and would like to purchase ski's that are best suited for my local area and my desire to grow my skill set. I found this "helper" in the forum and want to avoid having a thread that creates more questions than answers. I believe that the equipment I choose is vital to helping me get to the next level. So...
What skis should I buy?
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Where in the world are you skiing? I am looking to purchase ski's specifically for Mt. Hood back/side country conditions. I ski predominantly at Timberline and occasionally at Mt. Hood Meadows (Heather Canyon). I am wanting to venture out more into trees and side/back country and improve my overall skills.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/side country). I have mostly skied the whole frontside and can ski varied conditions at an advanced to expert level. I REALLY want to ski more in trees, back country/ side country.
How many days a year do you ski? 20 plus.
How advanced are you as a skier? Skiing all over frontside I would rate myself as advanced/expert and probably advanced intermediate on back/side country, aspiring to be better in this terrain. I tend to like to ski fast(er), but at age 52, I don't ski as fast as I used to.
What's your height and weight? 72 inches (6') & 225lbs.
Ski's I am considering include, Blizzard Cochise, Armada JJ, LINE Influence 115, Nordica Patron, Volkl Gotama or Katana. Are there other ski's I should consider? I am not necessarily looking for this ski to be my "daily driver" as I have other skis depending on conditions and who I am skiing with.
I appreciate your feedback and input. I will rely heavily on the feedback I get as I am actively looking to purchase a pair of ski's before this season begins. A bit of a risk I know - but I am ready. Thanks again!