I'm new here, and would like recommendations for an all-mountain ski that is biased more towards off-piste rather than groomers. Which one(s) and how long, that is the question!
Let me try to answer the 5 questions first:
I am a season pass holder at Mammoth Mountain, CA, so that is where almost all my skiing will be, with a few days at Heavenly, CA thrown in.
I ski mostly off-piste, and like to ski the steeper runs at Mammoth, including the double blacks. I love the moguls and trees.
I get to ski about 15 days a year (would like at least twice that, but wouldn’t we all?)
I have been skiing since about 1980, rate myself advanced when conditions are good, but feel like a beginner sometimes in heavy/crud conditions.
I am 5-6, 135 lb, 52 years old, who likes to pretend to be 25 again even for a short burst on a mogul run.
I tend to have one pair of skis for everything, and keep the same pair forever. I was on ancient 190cm Olin Racing boards with white tops, until about 6-7 yrs ago finally got a pair of shaped skis, 156cm Salomon Scrambler 8.0. I’ve had a lot of fun on the Salomons. Being super short and so easy to turn, they are fabulous on the bumps and in the trees… unless the snow is heavy or deep. I’m more of a finesse skier than a hard charger, and prefer form over speed. I like making short, quick turns and prefer a ski with a snappy feel. I don’t mind renting a pair of fat boards for the powder days.
Looking forward to some suggestions-