It's all relative....
I was considered an "expert" N.E. skier in 1976 (my last regular skiing) although I never really enjoyed skiing Goat. National in good conditions, yes.
I have skied perhaps 10 days total since then, and only expect to ski 10-15 days per year now, all in the NE, mostly small hills in the Catskills.
I am 55, 5' 10.5" and 180.
I was 18 5' 10.75" and 155 I used to ski 194 VR-17's and 203 Dynastars
My expectation i will now be skiing mostly intermediate and advanced packed (icy?) trails.
I rented a pair of beat up rental shop 168 cm turn-o-matics.I realize the inherent limitation of that experience, so while I was not terribly convinced as to the style being "better", I am quite willing to take a few lessons to understand how to ski them properly.
I would like to find a pair of used skis & boots that would give me a good ride. Please be gentle in any explanation, I just woke up...the last things I remember were hexels and "the ski".
(yeah, the bindings and poles too.)
198 cm Salomon Equipe 8100 BE25 skis equip with Salomon Composite DRB Bindings with Driver Suspension (WTF?)
168 cm Volkl Supersport 6 Star Skis W/ Marker Comp 1400 binding