Hello, I have been away from the sport for 12 years (three kids later) I am bringing my family back to a sport that I love. I am not sure how i let time go by that fast but go it did.
I need some help/recommendations for skis. I am a big boy 275, 6'3". I used to ski about 40 times a season, but marriage, children and work took care of that. I ski primarily in the pacific northwest. I preferred big turns, hard and fast off piste terrain with occasional forays onto groomers. Bumps have been out because of...well they were never in. Big boys @speed and bumps dont mix.
My old set up was Volkl G31, and G41 but after getting the 41 (their big mountain ski at the time) I never used the 31's. I called them my Sherman tanks..loved them.
I have small children who are just starting, so though i prefer crud, i think i will be spending more time on groomers than i did previously. I see that the mantra seem to get really good reviews?
I also need some help in determining the correct length G41s were 198 because they didnt make 215s(keep in mind this is a guy who used to swagger because I would occasionally break out the DH boards..but that was back when i was trying to convince everyone that it was all about "length" but that was back when I was slimmer and had more hair. Older and wiser (and not needing to compensate quite so much, they now have meds for that) I noticed that even the DH racers were skiing on pretty short boards?
I also used to have to get "race bindings" because the DINs would not go high enough to accommodate my weight is that still true?
Boots; Technica Icon Race boots. I used to have to totally unbuckle on the lift to return circulation to my feet. Not very comfortable but responsive as all get out. Any suggestions?
With three kids cash still rules my world. I am looking to get last years gear 2012 or 2011 to save cash if possible.