I'm looking for some new skis for next year. This year I started on season rental Blizzard G-Pros and bought some 2010 Blizzard G-Power FS mid-season which are 72mm wide. Now I'm thinking about getting a wider ski in the sales now for next season. Maybe about 100mm wide, perhaps one of the Blizzard range (Cochise, Bonafide, Kabookie), Volkl Mantra, Head Sacrifice or similar?
Where in the world are you skiing?
Switzerland - Hoch Ybrig, Flumserberg, Brunni, small resorts round Zurich where I live, occasional holiday or weekend to bigger resorts like Davos, Zermatt, Zurs etc.
What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)
This year I started skiing and stayed 99.9% on piste to learn the basics. Now I'm confident enough to go off the piste side now and again, but my skis don't seem to float. Definitely more practice is needed, but I think a wider ski would help.
Main goal for me is be able to do all the runs between / beside the pistes at the resorts I go to. Then it would be good to learn how to ski moguls, but there just aren't any where I live as they love piste bashing. Also I will be skiing with the family on piste and teaching my kids (4, 6) and maybe trying out the 4-cross course and taking a few runs through the local race teams' slalom gates after they finish but I think my G-Powers will be fine for that.
How many days a year do you ski?
About 35 days this season.
How advanced are you as a skier?
Well I started on 30 Nov this year, and progressed so I can now enjoy going down the black runs in the local resorts without falling over. Speed wise I can keep up with my Swiss regular skier colleagues who have been skiing since year dot if we carve down steep reds, but they have better short turn skills and so go faster down bumpy blacks. Also getting better at skiing in bad light and white out fog (where you can only see one piste marker) as we've had a lot of that recently.
What's your height and weight?
175cm 83kg = 5'9" 180lbs