Hi! Newbie here that is looking for advice on a long overdue upgrade in skis
Where I've skied: New England/Upstate NY on vacation a few times a year and itty bitty hills in flyover country on weekends.
Epicski level: 8 at my best (out east), but I never got the mogul thing down. Nowhere near as confident or skilled now but I don't really know where I am at since it's been a few years since I've been on skis.
What I ski: First generation curved junior skis circa '99, 160cm Rossi. I switched to primarily boarding a couple years later and I never outgrew my skis size-wise, so I didn't see the point in getting new skis when I was focused on building my board locker. I did get new boots a few years ago (Technica Race Pro 70) that are not designed to work with my skis and I can tell. I got them because they fit and I needed new boots, but they're a bit too soft for how I ski/the skis I have.
What I will ski: I'm going on a NOLS course in February and will spend several weeks in the backcountry telemarking somewhere out west. I've never skied out west and never skied on true powder (spent a little time in it on a board). I will also continue to ski out east and at home on my little hills. Since it's been so long since I've gotten new skis or skied at all, I know I'm going to need to have a major technique overhaul. Everything I know about skiing is pre fat ski and rocker tech.
What I'm looking for: My dream quiver is a skinny ski for east coast icy messes that's fun and fast and then an all-mountain/backcountry/tele ski for my course out west. I'm primarily looking for the latter, since I can still make do with the skis I have for regular skiing, but I'd like to put some mileage in a telemark setup before I'm stuck in one for weeks and don't know what I'm doing. Since I live in the middle of nowhere, demoing is pretty much not an option in terms of skiing terrain the skis are designed for. I did pick up a pair of new Scarpa T2s in my size (22) for an absolute steal, so those are what I'd be using with whatever cable bindings are recommended. I'd like skis that I can grow into, since I'm not even close to where I want to be skill-wise, and am going to be on them often enough and am athletic enough that I think it'll happen pretty quickly.
Obviously I'm not going to buy skis tomorrow, but it'd be nice to know what's out there so I can keep an eye out for bargains. I've been stalking the forums and have picked out some options based on that, but I'll leave the slate blank to see if I'm even close. Thanks!