I have only ever owned one pair of skis at a time. I had a pair of Elan 195s back in college then stopped skiing for about 20 years and have recently (the last five years) gotten back into it. The last three seasons I have been skiing on 10-11 Blizzard Magnum 8.1 TIs in 172 (no rocker) with demo Marker bindings. My boots ar Atomic Hawx 100 flex.
I consider myself an intermediate skier. I can ski blues comfortably and most groomed blacks...I have done a few bumped up double blacks like Stein's Run at Sugarbush multiple times (I also almost bit the dust in Castlerock...certainly didnt do that comfortably but it was a blast). I am looking to start doing more bumps and trees...I have been having a great time trying to learn how to ski that type of terrain.
Based on this, I am thinking of purchasing another ski for use on bumps and in the trees. I understand that tree runs are similar to bump runs from a terrain perspective and thus I am thinking one ski for bumps and trees. I have also never taken a ski lesson so I am thinking of taking a bump run lesson this season.
Can you recommend a good second ski for me for these purposes? Also, do you think my current skis are good enough for this and thus I dont need a second pair (especially considering my ability level)?
My specs. 6' 185lb male. 45 years old and in pretty good shape. I ski mostly the Poconos with several trips to Vermont each year (Sugarbush, Jay, Okemo...may also do Stowe this year). I will always be spending at least part of the day on the mountain chasing my daughters ages 11 and 7. I would not be switching skis on the same day and thus the ski recommendation should take that into account.
Thanks in advance!