I have been using my mom's skis since we bought them maybe about 10 years ago since she wasn't using them. Not even sure what they are or what bindings etc. She is getting back into skiing and wants her skis back so now I have to find some new skis (huge problem such a bummer I know). Thing is, I've never bought skis before since I had some since I was young and then just skied on hers this whole time so I have no idea what anything means blah blah. I have been doing research though.
So I am going to the Marin ski swap next weekend to see if I can pick up a pair of skis, bindings, and probably boots too. I don't really know what to look for so if maybe you guys could recommend some stuff to keep an eye out for that would be super helpful. Here is some info on me as per the "5 Key Questions."
1. I mostly ski in Tahoe, namely Sierra at Tahoe. This season, my girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Jacksonhole come winter vacation for 2 weeks-2 months depending on our work schedules.
2. I prefer groomers mostly, though I was skiing some trees last season and that was fun. On my old skis, I was clocking about 45-50mph down some groomers last season and felt very fine and totally in control. I can work the trees and stuff, but I am definitely not as good at those yet, but would like to explore it more. Steeper the better, don't like ice though.
3. I ski about 20 days a season, but with this trip upcoming that will probably double (trying to hit Mammoth on the way back!)
4. I would say I am an advanced aggressive skier. I can ride my edges all the way down, and am confident with long sweeping turns. Not afraid to bomb something unless it has some gnarly moguls or ice. I have been skiing since I was 10 and am 24 now. I would obviously like to be able to do some cool stuff not on the groomers like chutes and backcountry while still maintaining high speed.
5. I am 6" exactly and weigh 140 lbs, 138 lbs by apres ski. I have a high fitness level (Ironman/50 mile marathon/150-200 miles per week cycling road and mtb). I am leggy, not sure if that matters. When my girlfriend and I go skiing, we are the first ones up the mountain, stop for a bloody mary, and ski until close nonstop except for the bloody mary and do that all weekend then come home and go running on Monday after work.
Thanks gang! Always been a skier, but never really a part of the ski community!