I've been skiing for 40 years and considered myself an expert until last year. I was in the woods at jay peak - north glade on blizzard 'the one' - i think they are 177 long, 98 underfoot. I am 60 years old, 5'10, 190 lbs. It was late in the day, the pow was delicious and I was running on fumes - just 'one more run' playing in my mind. I slid off a bump, couldnt make the next turn and slammed into a tree. 4 broken ribs later I was canned for the second half of the winter ski season.
I want to blame the ski but really I am just getting old. My quads dont have the power or the endurance they used to. When I go over bumps, I can feel the shock wave traveling through the muscle as if it were jello.It didnt used to be that way. My quads used to be tight and quick. I still go to the gym 3x a week and do squats and lunges. But, as we age and our connective tissue gets looser (wrinkles, you know?) the same process is occurring in our muscles. The perimysium (the connective tissue surrounding and interlacing the muscle bundles) probably gets loose too and thats why i 'feel the wiggle and jiggle'.
So, my question is, should i move to a blizzard kabookie or a prophet 98. Both of these skis have more camber than 'the one' (which has none- it is a flat twin tip with a little rocker) I specifically mention these skis as they have camber and they feel tighter on the turns and quicker to stop (p98>bonafide) My thinking is that I will be more agile in the bumps. I guess I just cant power the blizzard skis like I used to. I demoted myself to intermediate and now my din setting is a 5. Maybe I should just turn my interest to cross country. I shudder at the thought of another injury, although I loved buckaroo bonzai 2 days ago in the pow. I am not wedded to these skis so if the gurus here have a suggestion I am open to it.
And since AT bindings are getting better, I might go with the marker AT binding (the baron?) From what I heard, it skis down hill just like an alpine binding (griffon or jester) but gives the option of of unclipping the heel to go on traverses. thoughts on bindings would be appreciated as well.