Might I ask for your help.
I have come back into skiing, now that my 8 and 6 yr olds are taking lessons. I re-started last season, after a 12 yr hiatus. Even then, I skied aggressively, but without lessons - I'm certain I was not skiing correctly. Older and wiser, I took lessons last year so that I would try my best not be a menace to others.
I rented last year, but I do have my own boots (Dalbello Triax TX900). They're over 10 yrs old and have only been used 3-5 times over that time period. They fit and seem to be in great shape. Too old?
After checking a couple of local shops, I have found renting a full package over two years is equal to, or more, than if I buy just skis with bindings from 2012. Plus, the selection is severely limited (one place said they only have the one type of ski for rental). I figure I can still use my boots and get only skis/bindings.
Is my thought process wrong? Should I be looking at boots too or should I even be looking at all?
I stand 6' and 210 lbs. I ski in the Midwest (Wisconsin). I will spend 98% of the time local and may go to upper Michigan. Will not go out West until I feel comfortable that I can ski without making the natives restless.
I have determined that my starting point, for length, is 175. I will generously put myself in the intermediate range. Based on my ability, they type of skiing and the locale of my skiing, I think a tip rocker/camber or a rocker/camber/rocker will serve me best.
I'm not going to go screaming down the hill until I'm confident I can properly control my skis (even then, I will not be tucking any poles), but I'm not going to lollygag down the hill, from one end to the other. I will be somewhere in between and become more agressive as time passes.
I have been considering the following:
Rossignol Avenger 82 Basalt (can only get it in the 170 length for a great price - is that length too short?) The Avenger 76 Basalt is also available in a 177.
Fischer Watea 98 (on the high side - exactly 2 yrs of complete ski package rental)
Dynastar Legend 85 Fluid
I think all are good skis. Are the mid-widths too wide? Should I be considering something in the 75-80mm width? I guess I feel that at 6ft and 210, a 175cm ski in a wide mid-width (and wider tip) will provide more stability.
I appreciate any help. Thank you.