I ski Colorado, mostly Telluride (Plunge one of my favs) and visit Steamboat yearly
I prefer "easy" blacks, smaller bumps, and love to ski in fresh snow/nongroomed when it is available. I do end up on faster groomers a lot with family and friends. With my present skis I am more confident going faster than ever before.
I ski about 10-20 days per year
Level 7 skier
5'8", 160 pounds ,52 years old, reasonable shape, didn't start skiing until my 30s though so not a natural
Now that I can afford it, ready to buy some skis "on purpose" (vs. finding a demo or super cheap pair like I have always done.)
Still want to find a good deal though!
Currently using a Solomon Jade, 172. Big step up from the Bandit X of before. I love the way they ski un-groomed runs, but they are a little tough to handle for me in bumps and steeper stuff. Very sketchy for me in deep with steep or trees.
Skied a Rictor, and definitely a step up (much easier on bumps and easier to turn) but not earth shatteringly better. They were a 160 vs. my current 172's. About the same in un-groomed as my Jade's with smaller underfoot and slight rocker for easier turning.
I was ready to purchase these until I started reading about the other options (more modern?) out there (like Line Prophet, Dynastar Distorder, Mantra, etc.)
Ideally want a one quiver ski, and one that will last me for years to come.
Will a tip and tail rocker be more lively in the bumps for me, but still handle groomers? Or should I stay with a more traditional ski and just live within my own limitations.
Not sure I will be getting any better or faster in the next few years with limited number of days I ski. Really want to still enjoy the (smaller) bumps and have a quick turning ski that can handle a variety of conditions.