I am an intermediate skier that lives in southern California. I ski trails up to blacks and I want to be skiing off-piste (inbounds for now) before the end of this season. I spend most of my days at Bear Mountain/Snow Summit, but each year I travel to Utah and Northern California for one week. I am 31 yrs. old, 5'8" and 183 lbs.
I am looking for a good pair of boots that will fit narrow feet with high arches. One other requirement for a boot is that it will serve me just as good at the next level. Also, I am not afraid to go with a high flex rating. However, if you feel different please let me know.
I demoed this year’s Blizzard Magnum 8.5ti two days after 20" dropped on Big Bear and I fell in love immediately. Amazing skis! Originally, I was only going to buy boots this season, but that has since change. I would like to purchase a pair before this season ends, but I have some questions ultimately holding me back. 1.) Is 174 right size? Definitely for my height, but what about my weight? 2.) The Mags were demoed when conditions were great. How will these handle in regular southern California conditions (slush and hard pack)? 3.) Is there a ski more suited for where I live but can still rip in Utah and Northern California?
I am open to all suggestions and any advice.