I'm planning to buy skis, but lost in reviews and classifications. Very often different reviewers put the same ski into intermediate and expert levels and that's very confusing, so please tell me if anything of described below is completely wrong.
At the beginning information about me:
Height: 180 cm (6')
Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs)
Experience: 4 days. I'm not sure if I'm already intermediate, but I hope so =). The plough technique isn't interesting for me any more since second day skiing. I can ski from 30 degree descent without any problems and 40-45 degree slowly, with falls from time to time. So based on ski tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAsGPnEYzLE) I placed myself to intermediate group. Though the technique is far from ideal of course. And here is my first question: what is my real level and what level of ski should I search for not to change it in the near future?
Technique: I believe carving is most close to the tecknique I use during skiing, especially on higher speeds and steeper slopes =).
Speed: usually I like to ski fast relative to my friends (I get to around 40-60kmph (25-35mph) quite often if there is not many people nearby).
Skiing conditions: probably the most hard to describe and this is the major problem in selecting new skis. So, I ski only on-piste, but the quality of snow surface in Ukraine (where I live) very often quite bad: there is slob, small bumps and big icy fields, especially in the second part of the day. Often I need to decide to ski either on ice or slob =). Although such conditions are only on ~10 % of the slope, they make 95% of problems and falls. Here is the second question: are this conditions considered mostly groomed on-piste, or should I search for all-mountain skis? And what should be the waist width for such conditions?
Common problems with skis I have: I used rented skis by now. I can't say the problems are in skis (probably most of them are in my technique). So here are they:
- very often skis slipping on icy slope and it doesn't matter how hard I try to stay on edges.
- on higher speeds skis in turns skis sometimes whips off (not sure if this is correct word - they just aren't able to keep the edge and slips to the side and makes me fall).
- again higher speed, but slob conditions: skis immediately slows down and dives - again the result is falling (here I'm sure it is problem in my technique, but maybe if I had wider skis it would be easier to overcome it).
Here is third question: what size of skis should I take? By now I always used 165 cm as proposed by rental service, but most charts recommend 170-180 cm (again big difference). I was planning 170 cm - is it correct decision?
I plan to buy used skis of 2010-2012 year to save money (budget is around 200-300$)
Here is the list of skis I selected by now:
Salomon X-Kart - there are few very good responces in russian saying it's one of the best intermediste to advanced skis.
Fischer Viron 8.8 c-line or 6.6 if it's more appropriate. But 8.8 is easier to find used and looks like it is still intermediate. Few reviews say it is extreemely good for groomed and icy slopes.
Salomon Enduro XT 800 - All-mountain variant
Rossignol Zenith 76Ti 2012 - marked as best intermediate ski in that link. Though it is hard to find them used.
Ahd here is the fourth and the most important question: Am I going into right direction? Can you say anything about variants listed or propose your option?
PS: Whew, a big post. I hope that information will help you to help me =)