So my Pops is 63, good athlete, will have at least one knee replaced down the road, skis Vermont every weekend, 4hrs a day, has for 15 years. Best on groomed terrain. Not a train-track carver, he skis relatively fast, opens it up to what I'd call a nice J3 SuperG turn and understands the fall line but doesn't use his edges as blades, they are used more to control his thrill level and trust of the snow. He uses his size well at 5'11 200lbs and loves all kinds of pitch variation, who doesn't?
He's uses two skis:
1. (early season and stiff snow)- 2005 Fischer RX8 fti 165cm, 115-66-98mm, less than 15m radius, freeflex 12- Ski is deader than dead
2. (mid-late season and softer snow)- 200? Vist X-Free, used as a demo, 171-2cm, has to be 127-76-103mm or so. Speedlock and plate. Still great for him in softer snow.
Boot- Speedmachine 14
Been considering a slalom shaped carver with a waist of 65-69 (stockli, head ispeed, ititan?, etc.) but I know he likes the lightweight feel and quickness of the fischer because of his knees. His turning transitions are not his strength and he feels the weight, but feels more of the width.
I've hesitated to buy for him in the off-season because I didn't know if I was missing something in the 75-85mm range that may great. But I'm not so sure that's the ski he really needs at this point.
Curious what you would put him on, thanks in advance.