I have been going through a ton of old threads and even more reviews and I'm more confused than ever!! I love the dedication and concern the users of this site provide for newbies like me, so here it goes.
I am a 33 year old male, 6'2" 205 lb. I have been skiing for 27 years although in all honesty i have only been skiing maybe 30 times (due to mostly to a gap of almost 10 yrs when younger) with no "professional" training (although my dad was a picture perfect old school 215 hexcell carver). :-) I have been skiing a pair of sticks i bought in 02 that i used to "like" but thoroughly despise now (k2 extreme 181s). I ski in Oregon Willamette, Ashland, timberline and bachelor. Every time i get on my skis i feel like i am better than the last time i got off them (possibly due to ski dreams and watching videos?) I feel they are holding me back, I have always been adventurous, I try to ski the trees but any slow down and i sink, I Love the STEEP bumps, I guess its the challenge but my tails are SO short and seem stiff launching me with the slightest lean back. I have tried a couple small trips out of bounds but i start sinking.
I am humbly requesting your combined infinite wisdom to steer me in the right direction for some new sticks to go with my Lang fluid 80s. I'm middle class family guy so Helli/cat pow specific trips probably aren't in my future. I want a ski that i can work with to satisfy my adventuresome side, not so wide i am clunking and fighting my skis down the steep sometimes hard bumps but wide enough to float some through the trees and out of the park a bit. Racing down the groomers isn't as thrilling as it used to be a sacrifice anywhere i would rather it be there.
right now my day breaks down like this
20% groomers 9(out of necessity)
50% steep bumps(steep is all we have here)
30% anywhere theres the fewest tracks
where i would like to be
50% steep bumps
30% trees and trails
20% Oregon powder
0% lift time :-)
LOVE This Site!! thanks in advance