I have been snowboarding for the last7 years, but last year a friend twisted my arm to try skiing for a week, so I did and loved every minute of it, which has led me to thinking that I should invest in a pair of skis and not use the rentals again, they wobbled from side to side at speed and felt like they were about to release at any moment, not very confidence inspiring.!!
I am in my late 30’s but still pretty fit, I seemed to pick up skiing very quickly, I guess due to the previous snowboarding experience, by the end of the week I was looking for natural hits, popping of small to medium size kickers, trying 180’s and landing switch, skiing backwards on blues and reds, I like my flatland tricks n spins also.
So now I want to buy some suitable skis with your help and guidance, I am 5’8”, 77kg, I will be skiing approx 30 days per year in Bulgaria mainly (Bansko) with a fairly aggressive I will give it a bash type of attitude, I want something fun for hopping and popping around on, can ride switch, do presses on etc. good in tree lines and Pow up to about 12inchs deep, and ride through the crud without to much fuss, the skis must also be able to handle some fairly fast speeds on the groomers.
I am not rich but I am willing to save up for the wright ski as I will be keeping them for a few years and I hope to grow into them, I have been doing some research and have come up with the following candidates, your thoughts on these skis for what I want them for would be great, are there any other skis that you think might fit the bill ?
So far I have been interested in the following, I was thinking of pairing them up with some Marker Griffon Schizos as these skis will be the only skis I will own and I thought the fore/aft movement of the bindings on the skis would help me with the varied terrain I will be riding :-
Armada AR7 – Perhaps these are too freestyle dedicated for my needs ?
K2 Kung Fujas – Are these really for my ability/type of skiing? Are they slow from edge to edge on groomed runs being that bit wider ?
K2 Sight and K2 Iron Maidens – No 1 candidates at the moment, has anyone ridden any of these skis ?
Any thought or suggestions for these and other skis that might be suitable would be gratefully received.