I spent the last 20 years in the tropics and the Midwest and have had limited access to the slopes. To my great delight, I've moved to the Portland, OR area and I can now ski Mt. Hood, well, much of the year.
I'm in the market for skis, but, not only have skis changed quite a bit in the last 20 years, but I grew up skiing the North East, where conditions are quite a bit different. So, I'm not really sure what I should be looking for.
About me I'm 6'0 190 lbs, and I was a decent skier in my early 20s. I've backsid a little and I'm not comfortable on ungroomed trails and, depending on the ski area, I tend to now shy away from the diamonds. I'd like to get my old skiing legs back and I'll be skiing many weekends of during the winter so I expect to be skiing on more advanced terrain soon. I don't expect to be a back-country skier any time soon, but I would eventually like to take be able to explore some of the off-piste areas of the local ski resorts.
So, I'd like a relatively forgiving ski that I could continue to grow into and one that can handle the varying conditions of the Cascades. I've seen a pair of Rossignol Avenger Basalt 82s for $400 which seem to be a great ski for what I'm looking to do (and at about the right price), but I'm not sure if they're right for the Cascades. What do others think? Is this the right type of ski? Or should I be looking at a different type of ski all together?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!