I am a 43 year old skier (6' and 205lbs), that has been skiing since he was 14. I am a self-taught skier, and although everyone around me comments on how well I ski, I am fully aware that I probably have many bad habits or improper form that I overcome with my athletic ability. While skiing in my 20s, I was often fatigued while skiing (from bad technique most likely), but I can honestly say I am not fatiqued at all anymore after a day of skiing (hopefully due to more refined effortless technique)....Probably too much information, but I really value outside opinions, so I will try to provide as much info as possible. For the last 8-10 years, I have been skiing on Hart F17 SLC skies in a 193cm length. I believe they are actually mogul skis, but considering I have had 3 knee surgeries on the same knee, I have reduced my amount mogul skiing considerably. I have only skied in New England, all my life, but that is not to say I will not venture out west some time in my remaining years. I have always skied as fast as I could (while still maintaining control), but I do have a 4 year old daughter that will tame me until her skill level improves over the years. I do love powder skiing, but have only had the opportunity to do so a dozen days or so in my lifetime. When possible, I travel to Stratton mtn, Gunstock mtn, Loon mtn, Sunday River, Mtn Sunapee, but at times, I can only make it as far as tiny hills like Nashoba Valley, and Wachusett Mtn.
Ok, now that I got that over with, I am looking to replace the big old school dinosaur Harts with something more current. There are so many different types now that it is exhausting to try and keep up. So far, Ive favored the specs and reviews on the Volkl Mantra, Volkl Kendo, Armada Triumph (for some reason I keep returning to these but dont know why), Atomic Theory etc.....I never ski in the (park), but not to say that I wont eventually. I am drawn to some of the wide waisted skis, but mostly for a different experience over the narrow waist Im used to. My only reservations are how the wider body handles the icy conditions that the NorthEast is known for.
I am up for any/all suggestions, especially binding choices for said skis, and help chosing length of skis for rocker/rise/waist details that I dont know how to calculate with my skill level and weight etc.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions. Forums like these are invaluable for people like myself.