Hi! This is my first thread, I will super appreciate any responses!
I started skiing about five years ago, mainly at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. I am 5"10 and weigh about 165lbs. I am fairly advanced and am comfortable with all black runs and some doubles, although I'm sure I'll get better! I keep off the groomers for the most part and hit the bowls, steeps, moguls, trees, and the like. However, I only get out maybe 10 days a year, but I am hoping in the next few years to ski a lot more.
Two seasons ago, I ditched the rentals and went to SportChek to buy new skis. Being as uninformed as I was, I proceeded to buy the cheapest and coolest looking skis I could find. I ended up with a lovely set of Rossi Strato 7 racing/carving skis. However, as I've recently learned through internet research, a 70mm waist and racing build is not conductive whatsoever to off piste skiing in the west! Who would have thought? Not I! (Although It would explain why my first few powder days kinda sucked :P) Sunshine Village gets a good amount of snow, thus I am usually skiing chopped powder, crud, and blown over snow, with the occasional big powder day. This leaves me looking for a versatile all mountain ski that handles chop, crud, moguls, trees, and powder well, while still maintaining decent edge on groomers and hardpack. Being in Canada, my online shopping options are limited, but I found some 2013 Salomon Rocker 2 90 skis that ship free to Canada. http://www.comorsports.com/salomon-2013-rocker-90-ski-169-mens These seem like a good fit, but is this a good price? Will they be fun and usable on powder days? The reviews seem to be good, but I'm still not sure. Calgary also has a massive used and new ski swap every year that is happening this weekend. I am tempted to go take a look, as I've heard you can get fantastic deals there. (I know I'm cheap, I'm a student) It's just that if I go, I have very little knowledge of what to look for in skis, (they all look like two wooden planks to me) and I rely heavily on online reviews and forums. Should I buy the Rocker 90s? Or should I go to the swap? If so, what do I look for so I don't make the same mistake twice?
As for boots, the ones that I bought from SportChek were Rossignol Synergy Sensor 80's. They are great boots, but I bought them one or two increments too big in hopes that I'd grow into them. However, my feet have stopped growing and now I am left with boots that are too big. My toes do not come close to the front of the boot, and my heels lift. I've gotten used to this, however, and have no problem skiing in them. (Although I can get sore shins once and a while.) Is it worth the bother to sell and replace these boots, or should I just go with them?
Thank you for reading, and I'm looking forward to some responses!