Hello all, great site here - I'm a long time lurker, but I only have a couple posts to my name. Note: not because I'm shy but rather because most of my quesions have been asked and answered.
Anyway, here's my deal...
5'11", 175 lbs
I was a decent racer (for the Maine puclic high school circuit anyway) many years ago (I'm now 39). I'm no longer a hard charger but my comfort zone is high speed (relative to most eastern resort skiers) groomer/refrozen crust runs. Carving = second nature to me. So, my current primary set-up is just about ideal for me:
Lange Comp (R12 shell)
Head Magnum (177cm)
However, my kids (7 and 5) are now learning to ski and the magnum is not necessary or appreciated when I'm with them. Also, on the days when we do get some new show or when decent bump runs emerge in the weeks after a big dump the Magnums are not so much fun. Note, I enjoy bumps but I'm only so-so in them. I'm pretty nimble at moderate speeds through bumps but too much speed and I tend to get in the back seat. The magnums are really no fun for me when I'm going too fast and parked in the back seat on your typical east coast icy-between-frozen-mounds bump runs. Also they are work in anything above the boot tops.
I think MY ideal 2nd ski needs to handle the folloiwing conditions where I'm not totally happy with the magnum:
1. Heavyish cut up crud after a storm
2. spring slop
4. dinking around with the kids on blue/green terrain
This will be a front-side ski, just one designed for soft snow and easy going applicaitons. I know I don't want a power carver like the AC50 or Head Titan. I'm also guessing it will be used for about 20-30 percent of my ski days (depending on the weather obviously). I might take it into the glades 1-2 days a year (Whiteface/Killington/Gore) but it does not need to excel there. The stars almost never align for me to get a real powder day so I don't need anything over 90mm.
I am looking for a used ski deal, so although the 2013 stuff may be perfect, I'm not interested.
How does this short list look, and what am I missing?
Kastle LX82 (180 ?)
Dynastar Sultan 85 (178 ?)
Dynastar Legend 8000 (178 ?)
K2 Rictor (181 ?)
THANKS A TON IN ADVANCE!