I know there are quite a few "which ski is best for me" threads going around and I apologize for adding to the mix. However, my situation is a bit strange in that I want to buy some new skis during the current sales (I am coming into some money next week) and I am unable to demo because of a knee injury.
For some background, I am a big, strong 50 year old male who use to ski quite a bit and had advanced-intermediate skill. I skied mostly groomers and some steeps and really liked to go fast with wide, GS-style turns. However, I haven't skied in some time since getting married and having a child. Well, the girl is now going on 11 and wants to take up skiing so I am now going to have to get back in the saddle.
I have a bad knee and two bad ankles. I am slowing down and I know I won't be lighting up anything or going super-fast or hitting icy moguls (I also have had a disc removed from neck) or doing any pipe work or jumping. I just want to cruise around, have some fun and not hurt myself. I also want to start to ski a bit of power, a bit of off-piste and learn to go through crud.
I will be skiing mostly on the wet side of the PNW (Snoqualmie area since it is easiest for the kid's lessons). We will also take a destination trip every year to the Northern Rockies for lighter powder and hopefully some sun. I need an easy ski that will get me all over the wet-snow mountains of home and the dry-snow mountains of Grand Targhee and Big Sky.
I have been told that the Rossignol S3 is perfect for this application. However, I hear it is quite soft and I am wondering if I am too big and strong for it? I'm 6'0, 225 lbs and leg press well over 500 lbs. I just want to make sure I am not going to overpower this ski and have it wash out on me even at fairly moderate (30mph) speeds.
I have also looked at the Atomic Theory.
I am not married to any ski, I just want something fun, easy, forgiving and able to ski many different conditions while handling my weight and strength. Will the S3 do it for me, or should I look elsewhere?
Thanks for your time. Great forum you have here.