Originally Posted by allarda
I'm 5'10'' 150lbs and I've been doing a lot of research but I still can't find a ski that would be good for me because I'm not sure what my level would be. So I'd like a carving ski that is quick enough to ride through the trees but because I live in the province of Quebec we never have a lot of powder so I was looking for something around 80-90mm underfoot. So I'd like your advices and opinions.
I'm also in Québec, skiing evenings at Stoneham and weekends at Le Massif (maybe not this year, though) and Mont- St-Anne.
I also ski 2 weeks in Austria.
I'm an advanced to expert skier, skiing everywhere on the mountain, 6', 160lbs.
I've been on older Head XRC1200'S for the last years (the predecessor of the Supershape), which is 68mm underfoot, with a 13.5m radius.
It's a real carver ski that I like really well, performs allright everywhere and allows to ski fast on piste (and ice).
This year I got a nice deal (350$) on some 2011/2012 Head iPeak 78 FLR Pro's in 171. These are still sandwich construction, metal reinforced skis.
I only tried them one evening at Stoneham and the first impression is very positive: great edgehold (artificial snow), damp and stiff, seem to hold up to speed and allowing different kinds of radii. Haven,t tried them in the bumps yet, but they should be better than my XRC's, thanks to the FLR system.
For what you are looking for (trees, 80mm), I think this would be a great ski. Although I think I'm able to push them at my more advanced level, I think they would be great for intermediates as well, and would allow you to progress.
My girlfriends (who is also an advanced/expert skier) is on Head Supershape Magnums (the first series, before Kers) and likes them really well, also for everywhere on the mountain.
Other ski I was looking at (I'm a bit cheap: never pay full price) were last year's Atomic Smoke's Ti. I think they have a bit of a lower speed limit but could be great as well.
Another ski to consider would be the Fischer Progressor 800 or 900: not quite 80mm underfoot but an alround East Coast ski that should hold up in the icy days.
I'd recommend also looking on Kijiji where you can find some deals on lightly used skis (some people seem to buy new skis every season).