Weight: 145 lbs
Height: 5ft 8
Style of skiing: finesse skier. Advanced, but not aggressive. Not particularly fast.
Preferred terrain: Willing to give most a crack - groomers and small bumps when skiing with my husband and children.
When my husband and I are on our own, we like to challenge ourselves in tight glades/powder (if we're lucky enough).
Bumps used to be a challenge, but are getting easier every year.
Current Ski: Atomic Affinity Storm : 159cm
Home mountain: Mt Buller & Mt Hotham, Australia
For our trip to Keystone at the end of the year for 8 weeks, I am keen to change skis. Happy to demo some when there, but to avoid dragging my atomics over the other side of the world, then buying a new pair of skis, then having to lug the Atomics home again, I'd rather take a punt and buy before departure. Unfortunately Blizzard aren't offering a demo setup in Australia.
I have read 100's of reviews on the Blizzard Black Pearl's - maybe 3 out of 200 are not totally in love with this ski, however the other 197 are head over heels obsessed! So my question is, am I stupid to buy before I demo? Are the Black Pearl's going to do something for me and meet up to the hype? What can they provide my skiing that the Atomics can't?
If I were to purchase the Black Pearl's, is the 166cm length the right one? (think I've asked this question before - sorry to repeat myself...).
Alternatively, have I overlooked other skis? From what I've read I think the Hell's Belles might be to burly for me? As would the Kenjas...