I went skiing for the first time this past weekend and was blown away by how exciting it was. I wish I started sooner! I have been doing tons of research on this site and other places around the web and feel like I'm ready to ask for advice directly from the community. If my answer is not so unique and the topic has been covered before, if you could provide a link or general idea where to get this information I would greatly appreciate it!
I use to be a competitive figure skater many years ago growing up, and I think that has helped me improve a little more quickly than average. I went with a few friends to Tahoe last weekend and we ended spending our Sunday skiing at Kirkwood. One of my friends knew how to ski and he showed me how to clip in and how to use the chair lifts etc. The ski movements felt incredibly natural and I was skiing the black diamond slopes (they have a black diamond next to the slope name) in a few hours. By the end of the day all the black diamonds I was trying felt pretty easy and I wanted to try something harder but time ran out and I was tired anyway.
I was told by some of the workers at the base of the lift that having my own gear would greatly help performance. I hadn't attempted a slope that day where I felt I needed something better to hold my line but I remember seeing slopes with "two" black diamonds for their rating which means they are twice as hard as the single black diamond? I'm also not sure what to do with poles so I never used them but I'll save that for another thread.
This brings me to my ultimate question: what kind of skies would you more experienced folks recommend to a beginner who can ski the "single" black diamond runs without difficulty and wants to try the "double" black diamonds in the near future? I read the 5 key questions bit at the top of this subforum and my answers are as follows:
1) Where in the World are you skiing? - California, Sierra Nevadas. But want to goto Utah to ski in the future as well.
2) What kinds of terrain do you prefer? - Okay I had to research many of these terms, but basically I liked all the terrain Kirwood resort had (groomed runs?), and I especially liked the sections that had lots of powder. I also had alot of fun near the end of the day when the slopes were all chopped up by the skiers and it wasn't flat anymore and it made going down the blacks a better leg workout. The sections in the morning that were hard like ice were okay but I did not like how my skis were vibrating every time I went faster and making my body feel weird. I'm an avid winter backpacker and would like to ski in the backcountry now and then. I also have no interest in ski jumps etc like I see on tv for X games.
3) How many days a year do you ski? - I live in SoCal and I'm an hour away from the nearest ski resort according to google, 2 hours away from the next closest, and 4 hours away from the 3rd closest, so I figure I'll be skiing pretty often considering how much fun I had.
4) How advanced are you as a skier? - Please see what I wrote above.
5) What's your height and weight? - 5'9", 170 lbs.
I tried to make this post as concise as possible, any help is greatly appreciated! As a side note, I'm going to a custom a boot fitter for the boots, and I already have all the clothing and protection since I do winter backpacking. I got my winter mountaineering boots custom fitted and I assume ski boots are the same process.