After being away from downhill skiing for about 10 years, I resumed this terrific sport with a new passion last year (perhaps something to do with turning 46...) I learned to ski at the age of 10 but always managed only 10-15 ski days per year. Am sad to say therefore that I didn't become an expert skier. But, I am now very keen on improving my skills, especially in the bumps and steeps.
I am 6'1" 187 lbs, but not particularly athletic or strong, and still can only manage no more than 12-15 days a year (am a season pass holder at Mammoth Mountain here in California.) My goal is to be able to properly (gracefully) ski a good chunk of standard double diamond fare on a reasonably slow snow day, before I get so old that I won't even consider it anymore ...
Last year I purchased a pair of 2012 Volkl Mantras in 177 after demoing them, as I found they were pretty stable at speed on the groomed runs and let me carve pretty well, were comfortable in crud, and also powered through the slush in the spring time. But they do feel heavy and stiff to me, and so perhaps that is why I can't quite get them to turn easily in the steep bumps.
Should I just adopt the Mantras as a 1-ski quiver, by getting into better shape and improving my short turn and "edge feathering" skills? But I just can't get more than 10-15 ski days per year, so am not sure if that's possible. Instead, I am thinking of demoing skis that will be easier to handle at my probably-advanced-but-certainly-not-expert skill level and physical condition, in the steeps and bumps (I am ok with stopping a few times to catch my breath!) Perhaps I could get a deal on a pair of suitable 2012 or 2013 closeouts, that complements my Mantras :?)
Thanks in advance.