I've been reading up on ski options & my head is spinning. I need some help!
First about me: mid 40s, ski east coast exclusively, 5'6", 160#, somewhat athletic but NOT adventurous - just looking to learn & enjoy (there is no way I will keep up with my husband or even my fearless 5 year old at this point). I'm only likely to ski 10-15 days/season, so I don't expect to ever get beyond intermediate level.
I know boots are the most important item, I haven't found the right pair yet, but I am looking. Right now I'm shopping for skis with bindings, I don't have easy access to demos, and I'm looking to buy instead of rent in order to save $ over time.
- should I limit my search to women's specific skis? (many that I've seen on sale seem designed for more advanced skiers - and maybe at my weight I'd be okay on a men's ski, although the design features of a women's skis make sense to me...)
- would I be okay in a entry level ski, or would that limit my growth over the next few years? (I think I should look for an intermediate style - if you agree, which would you recommend?)
- if I choose used skis, how old is okay? and how used? (I imagine there are lightly used skis out there, but if I get a model that's too old, will I have trouble with getting the binding's serviced, for example...)
- at this point I'm thinking 155cm or so would be ideal (I haven't skied on longer), although I know by weight I should be at ~160cm, I'm still making wedge turns and I don't want my tips crossing... any really good reason to go with the longer length?
Thank you for your help!