Having recently found this site, it appears that there is a great deal of useful information that can be obtained. My particular interest is finding out what all mountain ski may work best for me. I am 61 years old, 5' 7" tall, and weigh 145 pounds. I have only been skiing for about 10 years, have had no lessons, and, the only ski area within 300 miles of my home has a whopping 400' vertical drop. Needless to say, the availability of ski equipment, and good advice, is hard to find. Even with all of these limitations, I consider myself a fairly competent skier. I typically travel to Montana each year and ski at places like Bridger Bowl, Whitefish, Discovery, and Montana Snowbowl. I have also skied at Sweitzer, Silver Mtn., and Blacktail, in Idaho. I am able to ski most, if not all, of the black runs at these areas. I have skied a couple of double blacks, although very slowly, and, the snow conditions have to be ideal for me. I prefer to ski off piste (crud, bumps, trees, powder, etc.), but, I still want a ski that would be manageable on piste. The skis that I have been using since I started 10 years ago are the Atomic Beta Carv C9+. These skis have been okay for the icy, man made snow that I ski on here in the midwest, but, they are definitely not okay for the type of skiing I do when I travel to the west. Some of the skis that I have read about on this site have interested me, so I thought I would get some opinions on whether or not they would work for me. It does not matter to me if they are not well suited for the conditions I encounter here at home.
The following, in no particular order, are some of the skis that I thought may work best for me:
1. Dynastar Outland 87
2. Elan 888 ALU
3. Rossignol Experience 88
4. Nordica Steadfast
5. Atomic Crimson Nomad
I can get a pretty good deal on a Dynastar Outland 80 right now if you think that would be a good fit, but, I'm concerned that the waist size may not be enough.
I would also be interested in hearing what ski length may be best for me as well.
Hopefully, I have given enough useable information that will enable you to lead me in the right direction. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks.