I am a new to skiing. Excluding twice when I was 8 (i'm almost 20 now), I have skiied 4 times total (all this season). I am looking to buy my first pair of skis and have a budget of ~$600 including bindings (will also be buying boots, I expect ~$400?). I am a male, 5' 10" and 175 lbs. I live on the east coast (Maryland) but my girlfriend goes to school in Montana so I'll probably ski some there too. I estimate I spend 60-70% of my time on the slopes (blues and blacks) and 20-30% going off slope through the woods, and 10% in the terrain park. I enjoy going fast and hitting all of the jumps, both man made jumps and the natural ones that are usually off to the side of the slopes. I have no idea what I'm looking for in skis, but my friend who is a relatively advanced skier is impressed with how fast I'm improving. The first rentals I was given were 150's, since then I've gone all the way up to 175. So far bigger has felt better, with the exception of when I tried the 165's my friend owns (they're actually sharpened and waxed, it was amazing).
Edited by FlipBack - 2/6/13 at 3:58pm