I am an advanced skier - 50, 5'10" @ 200-210#, I do about 25 days a season, and exclusively ski the ice and boilerplate of Southern New Hampshire. I like to ski moguls fast and hard - I ski 178-180 length high-energy all mountain skis (Nordica SUV14 last season until they broke with 2 days to go). I also like to launch off of the jumps in the snowboard park, but I think I have to give that up - I have a bad knee that was screaming by the end of the season.
I'm planning on skiing primarily telemark for the first time this upcoming season, and I've been trying to figure out what type of skis to get - I'm planning on getting used or leftover downhill skis and new boots and bindings. I did a demo day last year and was able to do the turns fairly well right off the bat (didn't expect that), and was even able to ski some intermediate moguls that first day, so I suspect that I will be skiing fast and hard without too much of a learning curve - I want to get skis that will stand up to the job. Don't know about binding type yet either - I like the traditional 75mm telemark over NTN, but with my trick knee, I'm afraid of it's lack of release. On the fence there...
Anyhow, I'm thinking that I want a softer and slightly wider ski than I normally use, and probably go with a twin-tip. I want something that has outrageously obnoxious graphics, but short of that I'm fairly clueless. I have absolutely no idea what to look for in length. Should I stick with a 180ish length, or go shorter or longer? Are there any specific ski characteristics that I should look for that will prove beneficial, or that I should shy away from? Any advice would be appreciated.
Also - I am not going to do ANY touring or such - it will be 100% lift served skiing, and only going downhill.
Thanks - JayC