Hi there, in answer to the 5 questions to help me get the right ski advice:
1. I have spent the last couple of years skiing in the powder of Niseko. More recently skied in Whistler and plan to ski more in Canada, probably Revelstoke or Big White.
2. I like skiing on the groomers and diving off into powder between the trees occasionally. I want to get more experience on powder though and receive more instruction in off-piste.
3. I probably ski for around 14-20 days per year.
4. I would say I am strong intermediate/low advanced - I can handle most blacks, bumps are ok though not a big draw for me. Getting there in powder.
5. Weight: 75kg and Height: 6'3" - around 187cm
I would be keen to find a ski that suits a number of purposes.
My question relates to the K2 Kung Fujas. In Japan I was lucky enough to demo a pair for a few days (179cm length) and found them really enjoyable to ski on. They seemed responsive and to work well in powder (ankle/knee deep) as well as on groomed runs. In essence I fell in love with them a bit!
My future skiing is likely to take me more to Canada - most recently in Whistler I was unable to hire/try the K2's again - I was recommended to try the Atomic Rituals which I did not like. I struggle to get them to work on piste - the seemed to slide about a lot rather than edge although didn't get to try them in powder. I settled with a good all-round Rossignol for the week but never really found the fun I had felt on the K2's.
As I will be in Canada for my next trips, most likely Revelstoke or Big White I was wondering whether it was likely I could try the K2's again with a view to possibly buying them? If not, can anyone recommend skis that may feel similar to demo?
If not again, then I may consider buying the K2's before I go - the only question I would have relates to the length. I got on fine with the 179's but wonder what difference it would make to have the 189's. In an ideal world I'd like to demo them but this doesn't look possible so any advice appreciated. The only downside to the Kung Fuja's was that they seemed a little slow - maybe the 189's would help? My Rossignols recently were a bit longer and I liked them although responsiveness was less (but they are a totally different ski).
A final recommendation would be on the bindings side - any good bindings to match up with the Kung Fujas?
A bit of info here so I really appreciate any help/advice given!