Last winter I bought old rental gear from Wachusett Mountain. This year I'm looking to buy my first real boots and skis. Yes, I know boots are more important, but here I'm just asking about skis. I'm planning on going to a local ski shop to have boots fitted, so I'll just take what they think works. I might buy skis from them too, but I just got junk mail from Wachusett saying they have a labor day sale with demo skis 50% off.
I'll star with the 5 questions:
1. In the icy slushy east
2. I stick to groomed runs
3. Ski about a dozen times a year
4. Intermediate, level 5 or 6
5. 5'7" 130lb
What I currently have: the old rental gear are Head Alien skis, length 150, radius 13.1, dimensions 107.8 68.6 96.0.
How I ski: I tend to be fast, about an average of 25mph, go only on blacks if there's powder-ish (and those are Wachusett blacks, which are really blues on other mountains in the east). I enjoy carving.
What I'm looking for: I'm not quite looking for specific models of skis to be recommended, but more like a type, length and dimensions, because I'll have to rely on something the shop has. I'm looking for what might be called an all mountain carver. Last year was a great year, and we got some powder days. I found that when I hit the powder, I lost a lot of speed and was almost falling forward. I want to try to not do that so much, but also still have carving skis. So maybe skis with a radius of 15ish and waist width in the low 70s. I'm also not sure about the length. I'm wondering if they should be a bit more than 150. I don't mind skis that are a few years old. For budget, I dunno...$600 with bindings?