Been lurking and researching for some time, and am now wondering if anyone can help with my dilemma (please excuse the lengthy intro, but hopefully it will help)
I have, in the last 18 months re-discovered a passion for skiing after a 10 year hiatus
In the last 12 months I have racked up 28 days of skiing and can hopefully keep that up
So far it has been mostly on piste in Japan, Ne Zealand and Switzerland
I would say I am a decent intermediate skiier and hopeully steadily progresing
I am 5" 9' / 176cm and 80kg / 176 pounds without gear
I currently own K2 Rictor 167's
Any time I have headed off piste on the K2's when there has been significant fresh / crud... I have had a really hard time...this is obviously going to be a combination of ski's and experience off piste.
I am heading to Canada (BC) in feb for 3 weeks of skiing, a few days in Whistler, mostly at Red Mountain, and maybe somewhere else thrown in to mix it up.
I would like to get into much more off piste skiing, and am doing a 5 day course with Ski Quest at Red which should help
Finally, my question
I do like groomers, however I do want to get into offpiste / tree skiing... both in BC / Japan / wherever this expensive habit takes me
My Rictors are not going to be of too much use in canada, however I am unsure of how to invest in additional skis
I really like the sound of Line Prophet 98's in 179 as a general all mountain ski - but I have been told by a few people I'll be wanting something wider when there has been a big dump ( I'm thinking Armada JJ 175 or Line Opus 178)
So.... for my canada trip what do I do?
a) take my Rictor's and buy "fats" to take as well
b) Just buy and take fats only - some people ride them everywhere - I'm concerned I wont like them on groomers
c) Buy the 98's AND fats and take both and console myself with fact that I now have most bases covered
d) something else
Any comments on the lengths I'm looking at? I do think anything longer I may be uncomfortable with at the moment... that said I dont want to outgrow any ski's in a year.
Also, I don't really want to pay for 2 pairs unless it will significantly improve my ski trip ... or of course they are a bargain price ...
Thanks for your help everyone and for such an informative forum