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Made a less-than-triumphant return to the sport after 5 year hiatus...(mid-atlantic/southeast skier)

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I went to Appalachian and spent a lot of time skiing the NC Mountains, ending with a final big trip out to breckenridge, jackson hole, and whistler. Since then I've not skied. This was 4-5 years ago. I ski almost 100% on-piste, with the occasional jaunt through the off-trail powder just to remind myself its there ;) I'm what I would consider to be an intermediate-advanced skier. I spend most of my day on the blue/black combination trails, or at Snowshoe I try to stay on Cup Run as much as my ski friends will let me simply because it keeps me out of the crowds, and speed-wise i'm generally keeping up. 

 

I bought skis in 2003 while attending ASU and inadvertently ended up with K2 T:Nine Reflex skis, for women, and didn't realize it until today while skiing my last day at snowshoe this past season. Aside from being women's, they are 160's, which seem too small for my 5'11 185lb self. While when I bought them I was in my college freshmen body, all 120lbs of me, so I don't think they were that much of a problem, but still didn't seem to be something that would truly grow with me.

 

The gentlemen at the performance ski store at snowshoe recommended a Head mTx, 170 in length. I'd like to got about a year old, and not spend more than I have to. I'm using Rossignal Scratch (soft) boots which I love, so where to go from here is the big question.I've read great reviews of the Rossignol Experience 83, and have the opportunity to pick up some 2005 Dynastar SkiCross 9's, but I'm not sure how the technology will have changed, and whether or not i'd be doing myself a dis-service in going older rather than staying with current generation skis.

 

I'm doing 4 trips this year, including one to Breckenridge (I'll be renting locally with my own boots for that one) so looking at roughly 10-14 ski days on these this year. After last year, my confidence is somewhat shot, and I can't get to the MTX's for demo's my first time out (I don't think...). First trip is in 2 weeks for a quicky to the NC Mountains, followed by a 5 day at Snowshoe, and then a month later at Snowshoe. 

 

Thanks for any and all input! 

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Can't help with skis, but hopefully others will help soon.

 

Is the trip to Breck before or after the second trip to Snowshoe?  Have you spent much time over at Silver Creek?  When SS is busy during the day, Silver Creek is usually much less crowded.  I'd rather spend time over there than on Cupp or Shays.  More variety with less looking over the shoulder for people.

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I went to Appalachian and spent a lot of time skiing the NC Mountains, ending with a final big trip out to breckenridge, jackson hole, and whistler. Since then I've not skied. This was 4-5 years ago. I ski almost 100% on-piste, with the occasional jaunt through the off-trail powder just to remind myself its there ;) I'm what I would consider to be an intermediate-advanced skier. I spend most of my day on the blue/black combination trails, or at Snowshoe I try to stay on Cup Run as much as my ski friends will let me simply because it keeps me out of the crowds, and speed-wise i'm generally keeping up. 

 

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I'm doing 4 trips this year, including one to Breckenridge (I'll be renting locally with my own boots for that one) so looking at roughly 10-14 ski days on these this year. After last year, my confidence is somewhat shot, and I can't get to the MTX's for demo's my first time out (I don't think...). First trip is in 2 weeks for a quicky to the NC Mountains, followed by a 5 day at Snowshoe, and then a month later at Snowshoe. 

 

Thanks for any and all input! 

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I'm actually going to be staying at Silver Creek this year as we have some family friends who own a unit there, and one of the family members is joining ;) 

 

The order of my trips will actually look more like this:

 

<insert NC based place here>

SnowShoe

Breckenridge

<insert Boise ID local place here>

Snowshoe

 

My current game plan is to wake up early and take the bus over to cup and hit that for the first few hours, then come over to silvercreek and ski until i'm worn out. 

 

I've been working with the guy with the Dynastars, and have him at a reasonably good price (150-ish) for ski/binding - the only thing i'm concerned on is that they may have to be re-drilled -- his boot is a 7.5, mine is a 9, so i'm going to ask him to meet me at a ski store. Personally, based on reviews i've seen, 150.00 for a good set of barely used skis i really can't go wrong, even if i only get 2 seasons out of them before I decide to do some demos and figure out something else. 

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