Thank you for your reply's. I used to be a ski instructor for about 10 years in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Ca from 1989-1999. I started to ski at 3 years old, but didn't really get serious until 20 and had some excellent teachers along the way! I worked hard to master ski technique with consistent, effective turns with style and grace, and to ski everything. My ski partners and I challenged each other everyday in all conditions on steep terrain, through narrow shoots and trees, and gnarly crud (which oddly i enjoy the challenge). My confidence grew over the years, and so did my muscles. Skiing traditional skis were always very hard to ski. I am very glad the skis today are easier to use and will help me to tear up the mountain once again.
The skis I learned on were always too long for a petite girl like me. They just didn't make them in my size and skiing ability. I can't believe I used to ski a 180! Many years ago I bought a pair of Volkl race GS skis owned by Tamara McKinney, who won 18 World Cup Victories and other medals. Tamara's name was etched on the ski and I was so proud of those skis. : ) They were stiff and fast! I won a few medals racing on those skis. Skiing will always be second nature to me no matter how old I get.
People still ask to follow behind me because they like the lines I pick and my consistence turns. How little I ski now, I am always pleased to be so comfortable on the snow. I do not live close to the mountains any more, and I ski around 15 days a year. I used to buy new skis every 1- 2 years, but haven't needed to do that. My last ski was a Men's Rossignol Bandit All Mt ski in a 160, which served me well enough cause I could ski everything in them. However, it is definitely time to upgrade.
I am going to be skiing more now and am physically ready! I was told the BP are very well liked and could do everything well. But, i am concerned I will out ski them or they will not perform on steep terrain. Will they be too soft for fast groomed runs because of the rocker tip? Will they limit me?
Two pairs of skis would be OK too, one for pow and one for everything else. I like the Pandora ratings and am very, very interested, but don't know how to ski them. About 3 years ago, I tried demoing powder skis for 1 run and I didn't like them. Well, they were too long, fat and straight, and basically I didn't know how to ski them.... That was an odd feeling....
Thanks for listening and giving me your feedback.